Jun 19, 2009

Dear Kiva Lenders: Last week Kiva launched two pilot partnerships with microfinance institutions in the United States: ACCION USA and Opportunity Fund. These two partnerships represent the 115th and 116th organizations Kiva has partnered with. The United States is Kiva’s 45th country. It represents our first foray into the developed world. Our decision to work in the U.S. is controversial. Over the past few years, one of the top questions asked by our users has been "Why aren't you working in the U.S.?" We've been criticized for helping out entrepreneurs abroad while... Continue Reading >>


Jun 19, 2009

In the month of May, you voted for your favorite Kiva Apps. Over 400 people voted, and the results are in!

#1 KIVA ALERTS: A suite of tools for...

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Jun 19, 2009

Luis is not your average bakery delivery guy, bringing cakes, pastries and breads to your local restaurants, delis and hotels. On first glance he’s just another guy zipping around Manhattan in a van, with places to go and deliveries to make. But if you have the chance to get to know him, Luis is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet.Luis was homeless just ten years ago. He was that guy holding a sign saying “Need Work”. Without a place to stay or a way to earn a living, he was invisible, as many of the homeless are to the rest of society. That was, at least, until the owner of a... Continue Reading >>


Jun 19, 2009

Every month we hold an open conference call as an open forum for lenders and Kiva staff to talk about what's going on. Please...

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Jun 18, 2009

It takes a lot to make the work we do at Kiva possible. From expertise to awareness building and funding—our supporters make a HUGE difference. Here are some folks you might not know about who have helped Kiva in the first half of 2009:Ernst & Young: At the 2008, Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Ernst & Young, the global professional services organization awarded Kiva a donation of $1,000,000 of in-kind resources over three years. As part of its commitment to entrepreneurship and corporate... Continue Reading >>


Jun 18, 2009

For those who will have the opportunity to be in Paris, this is going to be an amazing day!  Kiva and Les Condors 2000 would like to invite you to join for some fun activities including a football (soccer) tournament, Latino music, Salsa classes, Pétanque game, drinks and more!  No ticket purchase required (this is a FREE event folks!) and no RSVP necessary.  And to top it off, all drink profits will go towards loans for Kiva entrepreneurs.  This event is a unique opportunity to meet others in the Kiva community and we encourage you to...

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Jun 17, 2009

The bLENDer was the first event of its kind and one celebrating and raising awareness about microfinance in the United States. Co-hosted by ACCION USA, the largest microlender in the United States, it had all of the elements of Kiva- under one roof.It was amazing to see the line-up at the door as the house filed with guests from all corners of Kiva: Kiva Lenders, Kiva Borrowers, Kiva Fellows, microfinance staff, donors, board members, executives and friends who came out to support a worthy cause.Kiva Fellow Alumni (Adam Grenier, Whittney Zimmerman, Nick Roose) hosted the "Lending Lounge"- a... Continue Reading >>


Jun 16, 2009

Our next Kiva Community Conference Call is scheduled for tomorrow - Wednesday, June 17th at 2 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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Jun 16, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Ads is a nifty tool that allows you to customize ads to embed into your website.  For example, a woman's organization promoting health in Africa can now make ads to promote borrowers that align with their mission.  You can sort by gender, loan status, sector, and region:

Then you are given the code to a dynamic, rotating ad that sorts through entrepreneurs according to your criteria:

According to the developer, Rajat Mittal, the main audience...

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Jun 16, 2009

As part of Kiva's US pilot partnerships launching, Kiva was featured on ABC's "Good Morning America" and "World News with Charles Gibson!" If you missed these stories last week, make sure to check them out here!
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