Inkovations: Kiva Entepreneurs

Aunty Aminata in Sierra Leone - Our Kiva Entrepreneur for July

‘Aunty’ Aminata, as she is affectionately known in her village of Makeh, Sierra Leone, is an outstanding entrepreneur and businesswoman who supports a family of six.

She believes business is an important way for women to become empowered in the community, and is a successful farmer, landowner, village elder who also runs a trading...

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#1BillionInChange - Our Kiva Entrepreneur for June

Kiva, the organisation we use to make our monthly ‘loans that change lives’ is on the verge of an incredible milestone. At the time of writing they have helped entrepreneurs without access to conventional banking systems access a jaw-dropping $995,812,375 of loans - tantalisingly close to $1 billion.

With this in mind,...

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What Can Your Business Learn From a Peruvian Market Trader? Meet Our Kiva Entrepreneur...

As we explored in this recent post, investing in women means investing in families. Which ultimately means investing in the future of communities, too.

With that in mind, our Kiva borrower for May is...

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Rebuilding Rwanda- Our Kiva Entrepreneur for April

Browsing our portfolio of borrowers on Kiva.org, the site we use to make our monthly ‘loans that change lives’, we were delighted to see that last month’s recipient Jeremie from Burundi was not only fully funded but has already...

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Mucking in for Burundi - Our Kiva Loan for March

Our Kiva borrower this month is Jeremie from Burundi, who is seeking a loan of $4,975 (around £3963) in order to buy a substantial quantity of manure.

…Yes, you read that correctly.

Chicken manure to be precise.

It’s...

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Sport for Sirnak - Meet our Kiva Entrepreneur for February

There are a lot of reasons to love Kiva.org, the organisation we use to make our monthly ‘loans that change lives.’

Aside from the obvious - that it’s a spectacular platform for enabling entrepreneurs without access to traditional banking systems to fulfil their potential- it is also an...

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Meet Ana Estela - Our Kiva Borrower For January

Do you remember Amadeo De Jesús, the 66 year old beekeeper from El Salvador?

Back in February 2016 we helped to lend him $1,100 via Kiva.org, the site we use to make our monthly ‘loans that change lives’, in order to purchase more equipment and boxes to house his hives. (If you missed it, you can read his story

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Merry Christmas! We're Donating Directly to Kiva in December

Just like many of our friends, colleagues and clients we won’t be sending Christmas cards from Inkspiller this year. Instead, we’re making a special donation directly to Kiva.org, the organisation we use to make our monthly ‘loans than change lives.’

In case you’ve missed our posts about them (where have you been?) Kiva’s mission is...

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Subsistence in Uganda, Excess in the West: Our Kiva Entrepreneur for #GivingTuesday.

As you will probably have noticed by now (unless you’re new to our blog, in which case hello there, it’s lovely to meet you!) we use Kiva.org to make monthly ‘loans that change lives’ to entrepreneurs without access to traditional banking systems.

However, this month’s loan is a little bit special, as we are making it to take part in...

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Bay Area Beauty- Meet Aurielle, Our Kiva Entrepreneur for October

The City of Oakland, California has long been home to a thriving African-American community, which has shaped black identity in the USA for decades.

However, whilst it remains one of the most ethnically diverse major cities in the country, that historically renowned African-American population has decreased by around 10% (over 10,000)...

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