Jul 12, 2009

Dear Lenders --With the signing of Kiva's 8th partner in the Philippines, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for making our expansion into the country possible. In the past 9 months since the first Filipino loan was posted to Kiva, you all have lent over $1 million USD to support Filipino microentrepreneurs. It is because of your support that Kiva has been able to expand so quickly in the country to support the working poor. On behalf of our Filipino partners... Continue Reading >>


Jul 12, 2009

Dear Lenders --I am happy to announce that Kiva has signed on our 6th, 7th... Continue Reading >>


Jul 10, 2009

"Business success is often a mystery. Very often, luck is a big part of it. Often it's skill. Sometimes it's just plain sweat and perseverance. Micro-entrepreneurs are no different, and while we can sometimes guess at why one entrepreneur can be so successful as to expand their business and hire employees whereas others do not, often, it's simply a mystery.When I first met Adora Fajiculay I'd I'd invited myself into her workspace after seeing the most fantastic gown on display there. I learned she made the dress from pandan palm, for a beauty... Continue Reading >>


Jul 10, 2009

“I want the Kiva lenders to know that I only borrow what I need, not what I can.”These words really took me by surprise, when I visited Kiva Enterpreneur Borya Enhbat a few weeks ago. Of all the messages he could have asked me to pass on to Kiva Lenders, this was most important to him.At first I wondered if this comment came from his feeling apologetic to Kiva Lenders for needing to borrow their money, and wanting to make sure that they knew it was an act of necessity, not luxury.But as I got to know him better, I realized that this wasn’t about his feelings towards the Kiva Lenders. This... Continue Reading >>


Jul 9, 2009

Can you change lives while changing the way you do laundry? It sounds odd at first. What does laundry have to do with Kiva? We asked ourselves the same question. But when we found that some of Purex’s employees were avid Kiva lenders and that they wanted to find a way to let people discover Kiva and make a difference by connecting their Purex purchase with Purex loans to mom entrepreneurs, we thought it would be an interesting experiment in small actions that can add up to big impact.When you purchase a package of the new Purex® Complete 3-in-1™ Laundry Sheets you can redirect one dollar from... Continue Reading >>


Jul 9, 2009

The London-based Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) has published the 2009 Microfinance Banana Skins report.According to the Center for Financial Inclusion Blog:"This year’s report reflects the fundamental shift in the sector risk landscape, as perceived by participants, since the 2008 report. The global economic and financial crisis of the past year has brought to the forefront risks of credit quality, liquidity and funding that are commanding the attention of investors."Check out the report here. ... Continue Reading >>


Jul 8, 2009

On Saturday, June 27th, Atlanta Kiva Lenders lending team proudly gathered for a picnic in a local park. In celebration of being one of the largest domestic “local area” lending teams on Kiva, dedicated Kiva lovers came together to socialize and set outreach goals for the future. The group had a raffle presenting the winner with a Kiva gift certificate and a special guest also joined them! Team captain, Liliane, wrote to us and explained:

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Jul 8, 2009

At their Feb 6th event, Ripple, Philanthro Productions SF raised over $9,000 for Kiva entrepreneurs and we are proud to announce that all of the money has now been loaned out! Check out Philanthro's Lending Team page to track their progress.

And for those who are not yet familiar, Philanthro Productions is a non-profit organization creating unique opportunities for young adults to engage in charitable giving. We look forward to hosting more events with Philanthro in the future! To learn more, see here.

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Jul 8, 2009

Please join us in welcoming Kiva´s newest partner in Bolivia, CIDRE, to the Kiva family!CIDRE is a nonprofit organization located in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Their mission is ¨to contribute to the sustainable development of small-level dairy/livestock producers and of rural and semi-urban micro and small businesses, through the provision of quality financial services.¨With over 20 years experience serving rural entrepreneurs, and we are delighted to give Kiva lenders the opportunity to support CIDRE´s important work in some of the poorest and most isolated areas of Bolivia.More more information,... Continue Reading >>


Jul 8, 2009

Have you ever wondered who is out there in the field, taking Kiva videos like this:In many cases, it's a Kiva Fellow.Kiva Fellows are a crucial part of making Kiva work, working with Kiva's Field Partners on the ground, and meeting with Kiva Entrepreneurs.We are now accepting applications for the next group of Kiva Fellows, to head into the field in... Continue Reading >>


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