Apr 23, 2009

Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll of Uncornered Market have been traveling the world since December 2006 and are making the way through Latin America. Supporters of Kiva, they have been working with some of Kiva's Field Partners to collect stories of some of the entrepreneurs on Kiva's website, through photography. The results are beautiful, and it is always so exciting to get a further glimpse into the lives of Kiva entrepreneurs. Check out some of the pictures of their Kiva visits on their website here.Thanks to Audrey and Daniel for their continued support of Kiva through donating... Continue Reading >>


Apr 20, 2009

Over the weekend, the White House announced a new $100 million microfinance growth fund for the western hemisphere:The global credit crisis is having a significant and harmful impact on the availability of finance for micro and small businesses that provide a majority of the jobs in the Hemisphere. This is one of the factors jeopardizing recent hard won gains in reducing poverty. While the region has a wealth of microfinance institutions, these lenders are now confronting a serious shortage of private finance from both international and local sources. As the supply of lending is shrinking... Continue Reading >>


Apr 17, 2009

Hugh Jackman is giving away 100K to one person's favorite charity via Twitter. So, if you're on Twitter and want to help us give a face to Kiva.org, it's time to share that love and show him what our favorite non-profit is!
View his original tweet hereand remember, we have to convince him by using only 140 characters or less. It's time to unleash the Tsunami on Hugh Jackman, let the games begin!
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Apr 17, 2009

Hello Fellow Kivans --I just wanted to share the latest development from Vietnam. Our newest Vietnamese partner - Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women - has completed their Pilot phase and will be moving to Active status effective immediately. Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women joined Kiva in late 2008 and has worked diligently - with assistance from Kiva Fellows James MacKenzie... Continue Reading >>


Apr 16, 2009

This Friday (tomorrow), Kiva Co-Founder Matt Flannery will be on a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. It will be a huge honor for Kiva to be featured alongside other Bay Area Changemaking organizations like The Institute OneWorld Health, The Global Heritage Foundation, The Skoll Foundation, The Draper Richards Foundation and Google.org. Come out to the Fairmount if you are in town and manage to get tickets....we hear it may be sold out but you can call the CommonWealth Club below to find out if there is any last minute availability!... Continue Reading >>


Apr 15, 2009

A little apparel company based out of Portland, OR, called Nau, consists of a small group of people committed to positive change. They believe that they have a broader responsibility than simply generating profit.From now though the end of May, Nau is offering our network a discount of 30% off full priced items on orders placed online at www.nau.com. In addition, Nau will donate 10% of each sale we generate to Kiva.To help support Kiva and outfit yourself in clothing with a conscience at the same time, simply enter the promo code “LOVE4KIVA” during the checkout process while placing an order... Continue Reading >>


Apr 15, 2009

Just a reminder that today's Community Conference Call will happen at 2 pm PDT. We'll be discussing a new Kiva feature - loan matching - that we hope to roll out later this year. 
We'll be discussing this presentation during the call, if you'd like to follow along:
http://www.slideshare.net/kivamicrofunds/matching-presentation-con-call-april-2009
To get access to the call, use this call-in info:
Dial in US...
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Apr 14, 2009

One of the problems we often hear about from Kiva lenders who are members of Lending Teams is that they get too many team message emails. They want to be connected to their teams and be informed when teammates post messages, but sometimes the number of emails they receive just gets downright overwhelming!So, we're introducing a new email daily digest mode for team messages. Lenders can go to the Email Preferences section of their account (note: you'll need to log in to get there) and ask Kiva to send them team messages "No more than once a day" or "Never" or "As they arrive." Here's a... Continue Reading >>


Apr 9, 2009

In this week's blog posting "Poverty Isn't Always Pretty," Kiva Fellow Rob Cavese reflects on six months serving in Tajikistan and the Philippines. We give our wholehearted thanks to Rob for his service and sincere engagement in the challenges of microfinance in the field. Please click on the title of this post to read his posting. Continue Reading >>


Apr 8, 2009

Our next Kiva Community Conference Call is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th (Tax Day!) at 2pm PDT.
This month we'll be taking questions from the community as well as discussing a new feature we hope to implement over the summer (more on that to come).
The call in info is:
Dial in US: 866-740-1260
Dial in (Outside US): +1 303-248-0285
Access Code: 6415483
We hope to hear you on the line!
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