Mar 11, 2010

Why do microfinance organizations usually focus their assistance on women?

... Continue Reading >>

Mar 11, 2010

Come hear Scott Gilmore, winner of the 2010 Skoll Award for Entrepreneurship talk about how social-minded entrepreneurs can make a difference in war zones. Matt Flannery, Co-Founder and CEO of Kiva (and winner of the 2008 Skoll Award for Entrepreneurship) will moderate the discussion.When: March 31, 4-6 pmWhere: Tamalpais Rm, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CAScott will highlight the work of his organization, Peace Dividend Trust, as well as that of Rory Stewart and the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, and the Altai... Continue Reading >>

Mar 11, 2010

This past Monday, March 8th, Kiva Field Partner Women for Women International...

Continue Reading >>

Mar 9, 2010

Kiva has the opportunity to win $200,000 in the Members Project campaign organized by American Express and Take Part. You can vote for Kiva once a week until May 24th!Please read the steps below to place your vote for Kiva!Step 1: Click here to visit the Members Project campaign website.Step 2: Click on the blue "Join Members Project" button on the right-hand side of the page.Step 3: Fill out the pop-up form to register to vote. In... Continue Reading >>

Mar 9, 2010

"It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
-Abraham Lincoln
Continue Reading >>

Mar 8, 2010

Today is International Women's Day and a time to celebrate the achievements of women all around the world. In honor of International Women's Day, Kiva would like to highlight the stories of a Kiva entrepreneur, lender, microfinance institution, and lending team. Fatou Niang, Inspiring Kiva entrepreneur in SenegalFatou Niang, a 57-year-old married mother of 9 children, started working as a dressmaker 20 years ago. Her tailor shop hardly made enough money for her big... Continue Reading >>

Mar 5, 2010

REMINDER - International Women's Day Event on Monday, March 8thKiva field partner Women for Women International is hosting a global event called "Join me on the Bridge" in honor of International Women's Day. Thousands of women (and men) worldwide will gather on bridges from San Francisco to Congo to call for an end to war and to demonstrate that women can build the bridges of peace and hope.In San Francisco, there will be a walk to the center of the Golden Gate Bridge to honor the resilience of women survivors of war everywhere in the world. To find... Continue Reading >>

Mar 3, 2010

Tracking social performance is a complex issue. In addition to tracking the progress of Kiva borrowers through the profiles and journal updates, Kiva looks at the social performance of our MFI partners to inform who we should be partnering with.Some of the questions that we ask ourselves are:• who is the MFI reaching with its services?• what products does the MFI offer (variety of loans and beyond loans)?• what are the benefits to the clients?• how socially responsible is the MFI?On that last point, a particular area of interest is whether the MFI treats its clients in a responsible manner (... Continue Reading >>

Mar 3, 2010

Today, Azerbaijan is ranked 14th in number of Kiva loans administered.Kiva has been lending in Azerbaijan since 2006 and the Kiva community has lent over $5.2 million dollars supporting 4,661 loans to low-income entrepreneurs there. Our two Field Partners in Azerbaijan are Komak Credit Union and Aqroinvest Credit Union. We provide statistics on population, literacy rate, average income, and more on our Field Partner pages.Here we wanted to share some other interesting and helpful facts about Azerbaijan. We plan to post unique country profiles each... Continue Reading >>

Mar 2, 2010

By Beth Ritchey, Kiva Fellows 10th Class, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Yes, it might be the dead of winter in Mongolia, with temperatures hovering around -30 degrees Fahrenheit, but the loan products here have been turning green. Thanks to the hard work of the Eco Products Team at XacBank in Mongolia, Kiva lenders saw an introduction of 3 new types of personal consumption ‘green loans’ in December 2009:
  • Energy Efficient Stoves
  • Ger (yurt) covers
  • Energy efficient fuel
Currently around 60% of the... Continue Reading >>