Jun 11, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

You've built it, now how can we get people using it? You may have seen the new App Gallery, which launched on Tuesday.   This is a good way for Kiva.org users to find useful tools.   And in just a few weeks, we'll be linking to the App Gallery from the homepage.   When we find a cool app, we tweet, facebook, and blog our hearts out.  But what else can Kiva do to support and advertise these great apps?  We'd love to hear your ideas.

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Jun 11, 2009

At Devex.com we publish news and analysis on current issues, organizations, and personalities in international development, and we are happy to let you know that the recently published article “Kiva Fellows Connect Online Lenders with Borrowers” highlights your organization's work.
You can find the full text at http://www.devex.com/articles/kiva-fellows-connect-online-lenders-with-borrowers.
We would like to encourage you to link to this site and distribute it to your friends and partners.
It is the mission of Devex (The...
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Jun 11, 2009

Kiva has just wrapped its press tour to announce the US pilot! We've had an incredible few days which included interviews on Good Morning America, ABC World News with Charles Gibson, the BBC, Marketplace, ABC Radio, FOXBusiness.com and many many more!!!!We've been incredibly excited to see the response on the website - we've had thousands of new lenders register and an exciting increase in loans funded. Here are some fun pics from our trip to New York:Good Morning America:XM Satellite Radio:Marketplace from American Public Media: Continue Reading >>


Jun 10, 2009

Woohoo! We just saw our segment on Good Morning America! Thanks to everyone who played a part in this - volunteers, fellows, employees, and especially our lenders! What an exciting time in Kiva history! Continue Reading >>


Jun 10, 2009

A few words from Maria Shriver....

"Some days you just wake up with a feeling. There’s no explaining it, you just know that this day will be different. Not sure how, but different.  In March of 2008, I had one of those days.   I was in San Francisco that morning, looking through some notes for an event I had in the afternoon. The Women’s Conference was getting ready to launch WE Invest, one of our programs...

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Jun 10, 2009
By Anonymous

Today Kiva got a little closer to its mission of connecting people around the world for the sake of alleviating poverty. Starting today, lenders can make loans to microentrepreneurs in the US.

When Kiva first started, it focused on lending to entrepreneurs in Africa. In the last 4 years we have expanded to many more regions around the world, focusing in developing nations. However, our desire has always been to be a truly global organization, and to allow...

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Jun 9, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Data is a handy set of charts taking a macro look at Kiva's micro loans.   A look at the heat map of loans by country reveal that Peru and Cambodia have the highest amount of loans, with 11,814 and 10,569 respectively. Kiva Data also looks at top uses for loans, analyzing free-text of borrower profiles. Among top phrases, TO BUY A COW appears 136 times.  And 109 borrowers will "USE THE MONEY TO DIVERSIFY AND EXPAND MY BUSINESS". Other interesting charts are Borrower Gender, Minutes Between Posted Date & Funded Date, Loan Size, and more. I got a chance to speak...

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Jun 9, 2009

Mark your calendars, schedule your DVR, and tell everyone you know.  Kiva will be on Good Morning America TOMORROW morning, Wednesday, June 10th.  Make sure you tune in to watch the Kiva segment in the second hour (starting at 8am) and the follow up on ABC World News tomorrow night. To find out when Good Morning America and ABC World News air in your area, check your local TV guide. 
Be sure to tune in as we'll be announcing something BIG...
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Jun 6, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Kiva's first Developer's Garage today!  We worked on five apps: Kiva iPhone, Wordpress Plugin, Facebook App, JavaScript Browser, and a special secret widget that we'll disclose next week.  Check out this great video put together by @thomasknoll and @pistachio.

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Jun 4, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva + (a tool from Ahkun) lets you track individual loans, or your entire loan profile in new ways. For example, by typing in the Kiva Loan ID here, you're able to see a graph comparing Expected vs. Actual Payments of a particular loan: Similarly, entering your Lender ID displays loans by list or pie chart.  We got a chance to talk to Sanjaya Punyaesena, developer of this tool.  Sanjaya is a former Kiva Fellow, who currently works for a Kiva Field Partner. Tell us about yourself...

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