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Microfinance

The Sharks of Microfinance and the Future of Impact Investing

Mitchell Kutney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mitchell Kutney

Since impact investing is searching for the sweet spot between high-net-worth individuals' expectations for responsible investing and effective channels for catalyzing social change, we need to ensure that this financial instrument is not abused

Kiva CEO to speak at Little Rock social entrepreneurship conference

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

On Tuesday October 8th, Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery will be in Little Rock, Arkansas, to speak at the joint Winthrop Rockefeller Institute-Clinto...

Not Your Mother's Microfinance

Julia Kurnia | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

Forward-thinking small business owners across the developing world are turning to the online space as an alternative source of small business loans. ...

MAC and Crowdfunding Turn Vision into Reality for Local Small Businesses in Tucson, AZ

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

In Tucson, Arizona, the Women's Business Center (WBC) at the MicroBusiness Advancement Center (MAC) helps start-ups solidify their business plans th...

There is So Much More to Lending

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

There is so much more to lending than just sharing our money. After years of lending on Kiva, I discovered Kiva Zip. I was excited by the possibiliti...

Kiva Zip Interviews EarlyIQ CEO Steve Yin

Kiva Zip | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip formed a key relationship last year with the startup, EarlyIQ, which provides Kiva Zip with an efficient tool for mitigating risk. We recent...

Putting More Kids in Classrooms Around the World

Vicki Escarra | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Fall means the beginning of a new school year as children head back into the classroom to learn, grow and make new friends. But that's not always the case in the developing world, where a staggering 130 million children are not in school.

Light in the Darkness - Kiva Zip Partners with Michigan Corps to Provide Hope in Detroit

Kiva Zip | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

In a city where the lights are literally going out, it's good to know that there are some glimmers of hope. For Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy mi...

Debt Crisis: National and International (Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Excessive mortgage debt, student loan debt, medical debt and more have placed untenable burdens upon millions. As we learn from our Torah portion, a cursed society is one in which factions are trapped in merciless power dynamics as debtors.

Is Microfinance Losing Its Appeal?

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Obadias Ndaba

When it succeeds, microfinance lifts people from extreme poverty and leaves them into poverty. Other interventions are still needed, especially a focus on small and medium enterprises - the backbone for creating a middle class.

Treat Each One Like Gold: The Power of Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Prior to becoming a Kiva Zip Fellow, I had not seen examples of microlending in the U.S. and initially questioned what kind of impact a Kiva microloan...

How Teen's Text Habits Are Helping Moms In Need

Andreea Nica | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Andreea Nica

25,000 Women is uniquely positioned to educate and reward participants through empowering women in developing countries. The campaign is targeted at young people (teens) and involves a text-message based game.

Financial Inclusion and The Digital Asset Transfer Authority (DATA)

Stan Stalnaker | Posted 09.28.2013 | Technology
Stan Stalnaker

On a planet rapidly coming online through mobile technologies, there's an urgent need to develop financial empowerment. Today, leaders from the emerging payment and virtual currency industry announced a Committee for the Establishment of the Digital Asset Transfer Authority.

New York City: Greener Than the Burbs?

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

When we picture a jungle, we think of a lush green environmentally friendly carbon-sequestering ecosystem. While New York City is commonly referred to...

Newark, NJ: Kiva's Newest Kiva City!

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

After a few busy weeks spent preparing for the big day, it was incredible to feel the energy buzzing through the room.

The Good Nurses of Busia County

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

When Aditi and I arrived in Busia, dust-splayed and weather-beaten on the shared backseat of a boda boda, we did not look like your average tourists.

Innovative Food Business Finds Support Online From Mentors and Lenders

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Mentorship and flexible financing are two critical resources too-often missing for small businesses. If more business owners have access to the right advice and needed funds, it creates a ripple effect of local commerce, hiring, and prosperity.

Need is Not Comparable: Lending in the U.S. vs. Kenya

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

After four months and 18 Kiva ZIp borrowers in D.C., I'm happy to finally be "out there" in Kenya. But my experience in stateside micro-lending has proven to me that even in the land of opportunity, small business owners can use a helping hand.

Analogue to Digital: Alternative Banking by Kenya's Poor

Yen To | Posted 09.05.2013 | Impact
Yen To

Kibera sits at the margin of Nairobi, a concentrated sight line of rusted corrugated roofs and bustling heaps of humanity pressed up against the immac...

New Trustee Spotlight: Michael Nyangi -- Leadership by Example

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

This is a guest blog post by Duda Cordoso, a Kiva Zip fellow in Kenya. Michael Nyangi is a brand new trustee with Kiva Zip through his organizatio...

Financial Inclusion and the Post-2015 Global Development Goals

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

The Eminent Persons panel put forward twelve illustrative goals, ranging from 1) End Poverty to 12) Create a Global Enabling Environment, and touching in between on health, education, water, energy, and other priorities.

In Rural Communities, Young Women Drive Generational Change

Eden Rock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Eden Rock

In rural communities throughout Africa, Asia and Latin American, committed young women derive satisfaction and pride from helping other women to shape a better future for their children. Yet every one of these amazing young women also envisions a future married and with a family of her own. Wistfully, they admit that eventually it will likely be necessary to leave this demanding yet deeply satisfying work behind.

Helping Women in Rwanda, One Brick at a Time

Sharon Davis | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Sharon Davis

In the town of Kayonza, many of the women have lived through genocide, yet clung on to a hope that the next generation would have more opportunity and continue to grow and develop.

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Yen To | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Yen To

A woman's position within Kenyan society is quickly revealed on street level, in the boardroom and at home.

Empowering Young Women Economically Through Fashion

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
G(irls)20

Fashion goes beyond glossy magazine pages; if used well, it introduces girls to policy issues, entrepreneurship, and science - some key skills for the modern female pioneer.