Jun 27, 2009

Thursday, Kiva quietly launched in Liberia, and Kiva Lenders noticed - within an hour all loans were fully funded, despite the dozens of other loans on the website!Kiva’s first partner in Liberia is called Liberian Enterprise Assistance Program, or LEAP. The logo demonstrates that this acronym is not a lucky mistake, but an intentional choice to demonstrate that with a micro-loan from LEAP – you can leap into a better life!Liberia is freshly recovering from two major wars that finally came to an end in 2003. The wars created serious problems with the infrastructure all over the country,... Continue Reading >>


Jun 25, 2009

UPDATE: Due to a breaking story on CNN, this story has been rescheduled for next Thursday, July 2. Don't forget to watch Money and Main Street on CNN tonight!Tune in at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain and 5pm Pacific time.The show will be featuring some of Kiva's first US entrepreneurs! Continue Reading >>


Jun 24, 2009

The Center for Financial Inclusion's June newsletter gave some information about research being done on this subject:Raising Funds for MFIs in the Face of the Global Financial CrisisHow has the global financial crisis affected the way MFIs are capitalizing their balance sheets? The Council for Microfinance Equity Funds (CMEF), is taking a closer look at this question through a study led by Willem Enklaar.In January, CMEF launched a capitalization study with an online questionnaire asking MFIs about their funding strategies in the face of the credit... Continue Reading >>


Jun 24, 2009

We’re constantly working hard to improve the Kiva website for the lenders who use the site to lend money to entrepreneurs, for the entrepreneurs whose loans are funded on Kiva and for the microfinance institutions Kiva partners with who facilitate the loans on the ground (Field Partners).One improvement we’ve been working on for some time relates to the way Kiva loans are affected by foreign currency fluctuations. Foreign currency has significant impact on our Field Partners, and we’re excited that we’ve created a solution we think will be really effective in addressing this problem.The... Continue Reading >>


Jun 24, 2009

This Thursday (tomorrow!) watch CNN's Money & Main Street for a segment on Kiva!Money & Main Street airs in the US on CNN at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain and 5pm Pacific time. Continue Reading >>


Jun 23, 2009

Hear Matt Flannery, CEO and Co-Founder of Kiva.org, speak at the FRONTLINE/World Heroes Froam a Small Planet Film Festival."This year's festival will feature the latest films from FRONTLINE/World's Social Entrepreneur Series. Learn about one man's mission to improve wheelchairs in the developing world and how young Egyptians are combating mass unemployment by building their own companies. Also, the story of a pioneering surgeon who's changing women's lives in Sierra Leone; and an encore screening of the Kiva story."Where: Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, San FranciscoWhen: June 30th,... Continue Reading >>


Jun 19, 2009

Dear Kiva Lenders: Last week Kiva launched two pilot partnerships with microfinance institutions in the United States: ACCION USA and Opportunity Fund. These two partnerships represent the 115th and 116th organizations Kiva has partnered with. The United States is Kiva’s 45th country. It represents our first foray into the developed world. Our decision to work in the U.S. is controversial. Over the past few years, one of the top questions asked by our users has been "Why aren't you working in the U.S.?" We've been criticized for helping out entrepreneurs abroad while... Continue Reading >>


Jun 19, 2009

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...

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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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