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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Jun 3, 2009

For those in New York City, join Kiva and ACCION on Monday, June 15th, for a bLENDer!  
Please help us spread the word and don't forget to RSVP by emailing: bLENDer2009Invite@gmail.com
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Jun 3, 2009

Our next Kiva Community Conference Call is scheduled for 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 2, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

In the month of May, you voted for your favorite Kiva Apps.  Over 400 people voted, and the results are in!

#1 KIVA ALERTS: A suite of tools for facebook, mobile, and the web that tell alert you when loans of your interest appear on Kiva.

#2 KIVA WORLD: A live map of global Kiva loans in all stages: fundraising, funded, in repayment, and paid. Click on the markers to read more about the entrepreneur in the area.

#3 KIVA HEADS: Lets you browse loans on Facebook, and show off your loans in your Facebook page.

The winners...

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