Nov 23, 2009

Hi everyone!I'm excited to let you all know of two new field partners Kiva has in Costa Rica. I apologize because one has been posting for a while and I never announced them formally to the Kiva community, but I'll let you know about both of them here!The first, FUDECOSUR, funds mostly farmers (about 98% of their portfolio) in southern Costa Rica, one of the poorest areas of the country. They use a village banking methodology, but one that is different from other organizations. The village banks operate quite independently, with the idea that they can be... Continue Reading >>

Nov 20, 2009

Hello Kiva World --I wanted to highlight a loan that was recently posted by AMK – our largest microfinance partner in Cambodia. This loan is the first made by AMK's Special Interest Group Unit (SIGU) – a department within AMK designed to serve more ‘vulnerable’ groups that are currently underserved by microfinance services. These groups include women who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence and other gender-based traumas, people living with HIV/AIDS, street people and children and people with disabilities. AMK is currently focusing on assisting... Continue Reading >>

Nov 18, 2009

Kiva has the opportunity to win over $1,000,000 with the collective participation of our community! To nominate Kiva, vote here and search for Kiva Microfunds.All votes made between now and December 11th will help us reach the contest’s top 100 charities list ($25,000 prize) and we can then go onto the next round.Please vote today and share news about the contest with your friends and family.... Continue Reading >>

Nov 18, 2009

Our community conference call is set to take place next week.
When: The call is scheduled for Tuesday, November 24th at 1 pm US Pacific time
Dial in US: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6415483
Dial in (Outside US): +1 303-248-0285 Access Code: 6415483
We'll be giving a short presentation about our take on the recent New...
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Nov 11, 2009

Kiva is back in Iraq!Please join me in welcoming Al-Thiqa Organization to the Kiva community! Founded in 2004, Al-Thiqa contributes to rebuilding Iraq's economy by providing transparent financial services to micro and small enterprises and low-income households in Iraq. Since its inception, the institution has disbursed more than 25,000 loans valued at over $62 million, making it one of the leading microfinance institutions in the country. We are thrilled to have Al-Thiqa on our platform and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with this institution.To learn more about Al-Thiqa,... Continue Reading >>

Nov 9, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Hello Everyone,This is Matt Flannery, Co-Founder and CEO of'm now writing my second message as a part of the ongoing online discussion on the topic of person-to-person connections and transparency as it relates to Kiva and online philanthropy. For anyone that hasn't been following along, here are some links to get you caught up:The original post by David RoodmanMy replyAnd then today's article in the NYT by Stephanie Strom To recap our history, we started in a village in Uganda in 2005, working with a local pastor to disburse loans. The villagers had no other sources of capital,... Continue Reading >>

Nov 6, 2009

We want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday night to celebrate Kiva's 4th Birthday. The event was an incredible...

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Nov 4, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We want to remind you that the first annual Educational Community Web Summit will be hosted by Campus Kiva and High School Kiva this Friday, November 6th. We are excited to announce that we will be joined by Kiva’s President, Premal Shah, and Jonathon Stalls, who will be walking over 2,000 miles in 2010 from Colorado to Maine in support of Kiva (that's right, think Forest Gump style)!

There will be a conference call portion of the summit, which will take place from...

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Nov 2, 2009

We’re pleased to announce that Kiva’s President, Premal Shah, is teaming up with Yoovolution for a one-of-a kind event, the world’s largest professional and self development conference held entirely in a 3D virtual world. Together, we’re pushing the boundaries of online interaction and networking.

And, you’re invited to be a part of it!

This first ever event is open to the entire Kiva community and is not to be missed. You are on the...

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Oct 31, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Around 2pm today (Happy Halloween for those in the U.S.), Kiva hit a major milestone:$100,000,000 in loans raisedIt's a wonderful accomplishment involving 584,189 Kiva Lenders in our first 4 years of operations. What's even more amazing to me is that it took over 1 year to raise our first $1 million . This year alone, we're on track to raise nearly $60 million. On behalf... Continue Reading >>