Sep 10, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Hi All,Please find below some fairly rudimentary analysis into what factors affect loan funding times.A lot of the findings confirm what many of us would probably have expected - for example, that an African woman in agriculture will tend to get funded more quickly than a Central Asian male taxi-driver......However, there are also some more surprising learnings - for example:
  • Single entrepreneurs are funded relatively more slowly than group loans
  • On average, the length of the description does not appear to affect funding time,...
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Sep 4, 2009

The third and final day of SOCAP09 was considered the highlight of the three day conference, with participant-led Open Space sessions.  Over 800 attendees were impressed with the SOCAP team as they convened the right people: top practitioners, investors, and entrepreneurs, along with the new, young grass roots start ups and people with ideas who want to make a difference.  They asked us what projects and topics we wanted to speak more about and then invited us to post these hour-long sessions on the wall for attendees to consider.
There was a...
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Sep 4, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

"Ms. Lien Thị Doãn is only 28 years old, yet she still manages to look younger than her age. She has a 13 year old son and a 5 year old daughter, kind eyes and she smiles frequently. As the breadwinner for her family (her husband is not well), she works every day - weather permitting - making coal blocks.The coal blocks Ms. Lien creates are called “Than”, which are often used in homes and restaurants to heat large pots of food. The Nam Ngan district where Ms. Lien lives is well known for coal production. The work requires plenty of sunshine so the weather directly affects her ability to... Continue Reading >>


Sep 4, 2009

For those of you in the Miami area, come join us for a special event!  
Dorian Gregory, the Clevelander South Beach, and other surprise celebs are proud to host a fundraiser called "Clevelander for Kiva."  Also sponsoring the event is Kiva's Field Partner, Accion USA. 
The event will begin at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, September 5th, and will last until the wee hours.  A private VIP reception will be held on the C-Level rooftop terrace.  All are welcome to join in the fun, so please share this announcement with any friends or family in the area...
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Sep 4, 2009

Mark your calendars -- this month's Community Conference Call is coming up!
When...
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Sep 3, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Last month we asked for your feedback on the Kiva Newsletter via an online survey.We want to thank you for your feedback! Resulting from the survey, we're going to make the following changes to the newsletter:
  • More entrepreneur stories! We hear you loud and clear and know that this is the content you most look forward to each month. We'll do our best to try to get more of this content, including more videos, and more in-depth interviews with borrowers.
  • More inside information on Kiva! We'll try to do a better job of giving you insight into what we're working on at Kiva so...
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Sep 3, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva has been growing and growing, and each month millions of dollars are being loaned to entrepreneurs around the world.We just passed the $90 million mark in total loans made (that's cumulative loan volume), and now the countdown is on to $100 million!Earlier this year, we started an office pool to see who could guess when we'd hit $100 million - and we'd like to invite you to join in!We've created an online survey so you can vote for the day you think we'll hit $100 million in total loans. To place your vote, just click here.Now, in the interests of... Continue Reading >>


Sep 3, 2009

Here's our recording of the last Kiva Community Conference Call from August 19, 2009. Thanks to all who could attend!
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Sep 1, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Earlier this year Kiva Field Partner AMK was awarded the Microfinance Information Exchange Social Performance Reporting Award, for transparency in reporting of social performance indicators.This month AMK Chairman Paul Luchtenburg was interviewed by The Phnom Penh Post, and he shares some interesting insight into the state of AMK's activities in Cambodia, and how they've been impacted by the financial crisis. Read the article here. Continue Reading >>


Aug 31, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Some exciting news: Kiva was awarded the 2009 Index Award in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Index Award is the biggest design award in the world, focused on designs with a social impact. This year, there were 720 nominations from 54 countries. The award is given to 5 winners once every 2 years. It has included 2005 winner Life Straw, a water-purifying device that has helped to reduce deaths from contaminated water in Africa, and a cheap yet effective prosthesis for feet destroyed by land mines, a winner in 2007.I traveled Copenhagen to receive the 100,000 Euro award on behalf of Kiva. We... Continue Reading >>


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