May 7, 2009

Nau, a natural clothing company and Kiva supporter, had a promotional party last week in New York City. Two Kiva Fellows attended the event, held at PR firm Mfa, and got to see firsthand how Kiva camaraderie can inspire a workplace.
Check out their Kiva map - A good idea for every office!
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May 7, 2009

Join the Kiva Community in San Francisco on May 23rd! The Go Game is an all-out urban adventure game using cell phones and flip cameras. Out teams will compete by following clues on wireless devices and hints planted in unlikely places, which guide teams to wacky missions. This game is the "Kiva FUNdraiser Movie Game." Teams will create a short movie as part of their missions.100% of the registration fees ($30) will benefit the Kiva Fellows Program to help train our volunteer Kiva Fellows who spend 10 weeks to 1... Continue Reading >>

May 5, 2009

Phun Them is a silk weaver in Cambodia, who is currently repaying a $400 loan to purchase silk. Recently, she was shown the the business page for her loan and the lender profiles for the lenders who contributed to her loan. Watch the video below!!This video was created by Advanta's Kiva B4B program. The Kiva B4B program matches loans made to Kiva entrepreneurs using... Continue Reading >>

May 5, 2009

Kiva is one of 150 finalists for the TiE50 awards selected from 1,200 nominees!  Together, let's put Kiva on the map as one of the hottest 50 emerging companies today.  
So, vote now to help ensure Kiva makes the Top 50- there will be 10 winners in each of the five segments.  Voting closes this Thursday on May 7th, so hurry! 
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May 4, 2009

When I visit borrowers here in Paraguay, I am continuously inspired by the women I meet. Young mothers, old mothers, grandmothers, and single mothers, all of them working tirelessly to make ends meet, send their children to school, and achieve some financial stability for their families. Sometimes, when I hear one of these women call her daughter to a meal or lament her son's disobediance, I think to myself: "My mom would say... Continue Reading >>

May 1, 2009

It's official - April was the third record breaking month on Kiva in a row!From 1 - 30 April, Kiva Lenders loaned $4,487,875 to entrepreneurs around the world. That's $149,596 every day.Or $103.89 EVERY MINUTE.That's the most loaned on Kiva in one month ever.Now that would be exciting enough in itself, but consider that this is the third month in a row that we've had the "biggest month ever."February topped $3.8m (beating December 08... Continue Reading >>

Apr 30, 2009

Since we’ve opened the Kiva API, developers have been tinkering away and creating great applications and widgets using Kiva data. Check out these cool apps and vote on your favorite one during the month of May!In alphabetical order:
  • KivaAds. Want to support agriculture entrepreneurs in Africa? Use this tool to create customized ads for your website of new entrepreneurs that fit your criteria.
  • Kiva Alerts. Register to be notified by email when your...
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    Apr 30, 2009

    Our next Kiva Community Conference Call is scheduled for Thursday, May 14th at 1 pm PDT.

    This is an opportunity for Kiva lenders to call in and ask us anything! 

    The call in info is:

    Dial in US: 866-740-1260Dial in (Outside US): +1 303-248-0285Access Code: 6415483

    We hope to hear you on the line!

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    Apr 27, 2009

    Hey Kiva Supporters - we made a mistake when we said that Brad Pitt Twittered about Kiva a few days ago. We were notified today that the Twitter account named “TheRealBradPitt” is not in fact owned by Brad Pitt, the actor. The fake Brad Pitt profile has now been taken down by Twitter. I guess a lot of people were fooled (the profile had tens of thousands of followers), but I feel pretty embarrassed because I thought I had an eye for this kind of thing.Anyways, what this means is that Brad Pitt, the actor, did not Twitter about Kiva. But he, through a direct representative, has been really... Continue Reading >>

    Apr 23, 2009

    Matt Flannery will be speaking at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco next week, for a lunch session on Cutting-Edge Innovators. Also speaking will be Mark Dwight, Founder and CEO, Rickshaw Bagworks.Triumphing in the face of economic adversity, Dwight and Flannery have emerged as leaders in socially responsible entrepreneurship. Retail manufacturer Dwight was named a turnaround expert by Fast Company magazine. Flannery's web-based Kiva is one of the largest peer-to-peer global lending organizations in the world. Hear how each harnessed the power of innovation to build consumer, investor... Continue Reading >>