Apr 9, 2010

Maria Morrissey is captain of the Kiva Austin Lending Team. The group of 453 "big-hearted Texans" has made more than 4,000 loans to Kiva entrepreneurs. They're proud to be the #1 city lending team for total lending. Here, Maria shares her thoughts on Team Austin below.How did your team get started?
In September of 2008, I'd been a member of Kiva for a couple of years when I saw a message on the Kiva home page about a new feature called 'teams.' I was away from my home in Austin for grad school and terribly homesick, and I thought forming an Austin team would be a...
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Apr 8, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Hello British lovers of Kiva!
Kiva is throwing a London party as Part One of our springtime European invasion. Matt, Premal, and many other Kiva staff, interns and fellows will be there to celebrate with the rest of local Kiva community. We want to top the charts!
Seriously though, it's going to be loads of fun and we need a major turn-out to make this one worth it. We're thinking hundreds (or at least one hundred) so invite everyone you know - interesting lads and lasses will be in abundance and how much more brilliant is it...
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Apr 8, 2010

Kiva has been chosen as one of four finalists in the Sam’s Club “Giving Made Simple” competition, for a chance to win a $1 Million dollar grant – but we can only do it with your help and support!With this grant, Kiva will multiply the impact by 10 by generating approximately $10 Million more in loans from the Internet community, to help 25,000 entrepreneurs in the US and around the world.How is this possible? Kiva historically generates $10 in loans from the Internet... Continue Reading >>

Apr 7, 2010

Each borrower profile you see on Kiva has been translated (or edited, if already written in English) by one of over 400 volunteers. Handling around eight thousand loans every month, this team makes an enormous contribution to Kiva. What fuels volunteers’ enthusiasm, and what do we gain from volunteering?


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Apr 7, 2010

Analyzing the effectiveness of microcredit or microfinance to alleviate poverty has been the subject of many blogs, articles and academic research papers.
  • Some have focused on microcredit only – while others have attempted to look at the effectiveness of microfinance more broadly (not only the provision of loans, but also savings and non financial services such as education, training, etc.).
  • Some have focused on reducing poverty while others have focused on making it more “bearable”.
  • Some have attempted to evaluate the impact of receiving a microfinance services while...
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Apr 7, 2010

During this month's Kiva Community Conference Call, we'll be departing from our regular format and discussing Kiva's participation in Sam's Club's "Giving Made Simple" competition. We'll talk about ways that you can help Kiva get the word out about the competition and win a $1 million grant!
The call is set to take place on Wednesday, April 14th at 2:30 pm, pacific time.To join the call:Dial In (U.S.): 866-740-1260Dial In (Outside U.S.): +1 303-248-0285Enter Access Code: 6415483Please note that this call will only be about the Giving Made Simple competition. We're happy...
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Apr 5, 2010

EvanCarmichael.com has partnered with bloggers Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Darren Rowse, Tim Ferriss, Chris Brogan, Tom Peters, and others to create a line of famous entrepreneur trading cards called “Entrepreneur Heroes” – the profits from the sale of the cards go to support Kiva entrepreneurs in Africa. To purchase your set of cards, please click here.For this project, 33 business bloggers were asked to pick whom their favorite famous entrepreneurs were and gave reasons why. A trading card was then created for each entrepreneur chosen and includes an artistic picture on the front, an... Continue Reading >>

Apr 4, 2010

Jonathon Stalls has completed the first month of his KivaWalk cross-country adventure! He wanted to update the Kiva community on his trip, how he is raising awareness about Kiva, and his personal reflections from his journey thus far.Update from Jonathon StallsApril 3, 2010What an adventure!- Just over ONE month on the road- Close to 450 miles across Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, & Ohio- Stayed with 20 incredible host families (3 of which are Kiva lenders... Continue Reading >>

Apr 2, 2010

Here are Kiva's Daily Quotes from this week. Enjoy!Monday: "One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world." - Ann RadcliffeTuesday: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - GandhiWednesday: "He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own." - ConfuciusThursday: “How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?” - Vincent van GoghFriday: "Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones... Continue Reading >>

Apr 1, 2010

Please join me in welcoming our newest field partner Yehu Microfinance to the Kiva community!

Yehu is Kiva's first partner based in Mombasa, Kenya. (Mombasa is the second largest notoriously hot and humid city on the Indian Ocean's coast.)


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