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Kiva, Cultivating Courageous Entrepreneurs

November 12 2014 | Article Type: Philanthropy


“We envision a world where all people - even in the most remote areas of the globe - hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.” - Kiva Organization

Kiva is a non-profit organization that seeks to alleviate financial burdens of families all around the world through the process of lending. Since being founded in 2005, Kiva now has over 1.2 million lenders working in over 79 different countries. The website allows lenders to browse a variety of projects ranging from building homes to supplementing scholarships to helping store owners replenish their stock. Even the smallest donation can go a long way.

Recently, the organization held a “Flash Fund” with an original goal of helping to fund 500 farmers’ Kiva loans. Over a period of 5 days, Kiva was able to break their original record and raise over 1150 farmers’ loans. The proceeds went to farmers like Sibonisiwe in Zimbabwe looking to expand her poultry business and Leonadus and his wife who wanted to expand their farm into raising honey bees that would provide additional income for his family.

The company has continued to excel in their field and create opportunities not only for those in need, but also those looking to make a difference.

As a brand who has handcrafted each piece of its luxury menswear line in New York City, Marteino commends the entrepreneurial spirit of Kiva and the work they do to stimulate innovation around the world.



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