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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Jun 15, 2009

Kiva's first ever loans in Kyrgyzstan were posted today through our new partner, Mol Bulak. You can visit Mol Bulak's partner page to learn more about this great, socially-focused and highly motivated new partner. Keep an eye out for loans for additional entrepreneurs in the next few days. The loans include some interesting businesses, like a retirement home, an orphanage, and more. The new loans are funding quickly, so catch them while you can! Continue Reading >>


Jun 12, 2009

Remember to show your appreciation to the fathers in your life by purchasing a Kiva Gift Certificate!  It's easy, convenient, and they get to know they're supporting an entrepreneur with a dream somewhere around the world. 
So, it's time to shop for your father, husband, boyfriend, or any other special man in your life, so get started now!  And just for fun, learn more about how Father's Day came to be by clicking here and remember...
"Any man can be a Father, but it takes a special person to be called Dad." - Unknown
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