Feb 9, 2009
By Anonymous

I had some time this weekend and decided to play around with the new Kiva API. Check out the result:http://www.frazao.org/kivacloudThis little toy pulls a random sampling of loans from Kiva. Then it reads through each business description to find the most common words. The more often a word is used, the larger it appears in the cloud. It's an interesting way of looking at the dataset - it turns out Kiva is all about the children!!You can also click on a word to see the loans that mention that word. Personally, my favorite view is the one that shows all words that appear at least 10 times... Continue Reading >>


Feb 6, 2009

Rico Munoz is the Partner Development Specialist for Asia, and I managed to catch a quick conversation with him before he left to return to the Philippines tonight. It's always great to have the international staff in the Kiva HQ office, but for now we'll have to rely again on Skype and email to stay in touch!And if you're in San Francisco tonight, don't forget to check out Ripple, the Kiva fundraiser hosted by Philanthro Productions! Continue Reading >>


Feb 6, 2009

Over the coming months something I'm going to be working towards is giving the Kiva community better insight into who does what at Kiva, and who the Kiva staff are, via short videos to be posted on the Kiva blog. The last two weeks at Kiva HQ in San Francisco have been "black out" weeks which means that all Kiva staff are required to be working from Kiva HQ in San Francisco, which includes all of our staff located internationally. This ensures that we all get two weeks of face-to-face time, several times a year, to ensure that the organization is running smoothly in unison, despite the... Continue Reading >>


Feb 3, 2009
By Anonymous

It is official! Our next class of Kiva Fellows are trained, graduated, and headed into the field. Congratulations to all of the trainees that became Kiva Fellows last week. Some of the highlights included the "New Lender Challenge", the KF7 Graduation Dinner, and a training session outside at Dolores Park.Our 28 KF7's will be going to placements all over the world. Check out the map:We are thrilled to share with you that each member of KF7 has been equipped with a Flip Video to create more Kiva videos and pilot video journaling for Kiva borrowers.Keep an eye on the Kiva Fellows Blog as well... Continue Reading >>


Feb 3, 2009

This morning we launched the Kiva API and our new developer website, build.kiva.org. If you're a hacker, a hard core developer, or just curious, head over to the site now to check it out!
http://build.kiva.org/
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Feb 2, 2009

The Microcredit Summit Campaign last week released the 2009 State of the Campaign Report, revealing that more than 106 million of the world's poorest families received a microloan in 2007.Read the press release here.Download the report here.The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a U.S.-based grassroots advocacy organization committed to ending hunger and poverty. Continue Reading >>


Jan 29, 2009

During Kiva Fellows training, we are having a friendly competition to recruit new lenders. We have until 7am West Coast time Friday morning to recruit as many new Kiva lenders as possible. Please help us spread the word!Please register at Kiva.org RIGHT NOW using this URLGo to https://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=registerAnd write next to "referred by a friend" this emailteam3@fellows.kiva.orgHURRY!!! Continue Reading >>


Jan 29, 2009

Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball follows up his video on the evolution of a Kiva loan with a few more insights into how the loan profile gets to Kiva lenders in the first place. Lorne Warwick, a volunteer Kiva Editor, joins him in telling the story. Like the windshield on a motor-taxi in Phnom Penh rush hour, transparency is vital to Kiva’s survival.... Continue Reading >>


Jan 29, 2009

Way back in the summer when we launched Kiva Lending Teams, we had no idea how active some of our lending teams could become and how popular team message boards would be. Some of the most interesting content on our website is generated by team members posting to team message boards. 
If you're a member of a lending team, whenever someone posts to the team message board you'll get an email. As some lending team members will tell you (I'm talking to you, Team Obama), getting lots and lots of these emails can get a little difficult to manage. 
So we added a...
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Nov 17, 2008

Many people have been asking me what the impact of the global financial crisis is, or will be, on microfinance. So, when two papers passed my desk this morning, I thought Kiva lenders might be interested in reading them too:Click here to download the Foundation for Development Cooperation's briefing note titled "Impact of the Global Finanical Crisis on Microfinance".Click here to download "Micro's Moment", an article by Sam Mendelson ( smmendelson A.T. googlemail.com ), published in Financial World magazine ( www.financialworld.co.uk ). Continue Reading >>


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