Apr 17, 2009

Hello Fellow Kivans --I just wanted to share the latest development from Vietnam. Our newest Vietnamese partner - Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women - has completed their Pilot phase and will be moving to Active status effective immediately. Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women joined Kiva in late 2008 and has worked diligently - with assistance from Kiva Fellows James MacKenzie... Continue Reading >>


Apr 16, 2009

This Friday (tomorrow), Kiva Co-Founder Matt Flannery will be on a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. It will be a huge honor for Kiva to be featured alongside other Bay Area Changemaking organizations like The Institute OneWorld Health, The Global Heritage Foundation, The Skoll Foundation, The Draper Richards Foundation and Google.org. Come out to the Fairmount if you are in town and manage to get tickets....we hear it may be sold out but you can call the CommonWealth Club below to find out if there is any last minute availability!... Continue Reading >>


Apr 15, 2009

A little apparel company based out of Portland, OR, called Nau, consists of a small group of people committed to positive change. They believe that they have a broader responsibility than simply generating profit.From now though the end of May, Nau is offering our network a discount of 30% off full priced items on orders placed online at www.nau.com. In addition, Nau will donate 10% of each sale we generate to Kiva.To help support Kiva and outfit yourself in clothing with a conscience at the same time, simply enter the promo code “LOVE4KIVA” during the checkout process while placing an order... Continue Reading >>


Apr 15, 2009

Just a reminder that today's Community Conference Call will happen at 2 pm PDT. We'll be discussing a new Kiva feature - loan matching - that we hope to roll out later this year. 
We'll be discussing this presentation during the call, if you'd like to follow along:
http://www.slideshare.net/kivamicrofunds/matching-presentation-con-call-april-2009
To get access to the call, use this call-in info:
Dial in US...
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Apr 14, 2009

One of the problems we often hear about from Kiva lenders who are members of Lending Teams is that they get too many team message emails. They want to be connected to their teams and be informed when teammates post messages, but sometimes the number of emails they receive just gets downright overwhelming!So, we're introducing a new email daily digest mode for team messages. Lenders can go to the Email Preferences section of their account (note: you'll need to log in to get there) and ask Kiva to send them team messages "No more than once a day" or "Never" or "As they arrive." Here's a... Continue Reading >>


Apr 14, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Our Happy Hour last week was a success!  If you weren't able to make it, you can still join the conversation on our Google Group. A quick run down: We had a great turn-out, from independent designers to non-profit leaders to google engineers.  Some people have already created apps, while others were looking for partners and inspiration (over beer and cake).  Skylar shared plans for the Kiva API; and Kiva's CEO & President spoke about the Kiva vision, and how developers can take part in shaping its future. Throughout the party, a big screen higlighted...

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Apr 9, 2009

In this week's blog posting "Poverty Isn't Always Pretty," Kiva Fellow Rob Cavese reflects on six months serving in Tajikistan and the Philippines. We give our wholehearted thanks to Rob for his service and sincere engagement in the challenges of microfinance in the field. Please click on the title of this post to read his posting. Continue Reading >>


Apr 8, 2009

Our next Kiva Community Conference Call is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th (Tax Day!) at 2pm PDT.
This month we'll be taking questions from the community as well as discussing a new feature we hope to implement over the summer (more on that to come).
The call in info is:
Dial in US: 866-740-1260
Dial in (Outside US): +1 303-248-0285
Access Code: 6415483
We hope to hear you on the line!
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Apr 8, 2009

The Kiva Engineering team is opening up the Kiva offices for friends and developers to meet-up, chat, and hang out. We'll have drinks and snacks on hand, all starting at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 9:RSVP at upcoming.com or on Facebook.We're hoping to have people showing off and taking about the applications they've been building with the Kiva API, so if you're in the area, please drop by! It's a great chance to collaborate with other engineers and like-minded technophiles.Coincidentally, April 9 is also Yuri Gagarin's birthday, so we'll be celebrating outer space as well. Cosmonaut jumpsuits... Continue Reading >>


Apr 8, 2009

Today Facebook has hit the 200 million member mark (making that community bigger than Pakistan, Brazil and Bangledesh!) and to celebrate, they've added a Virtual Kiva Piggy Bank to their gift shop!
For $5, you can purchase the virtual piggy bank and give it to one of your Facebook friends. 90% of your purchase will go to help Kiva fulfill its mission to connect people via lending (and you'll also help get the word out about Kiva)!
There's a limited supply of virtual piggy banks, so get yours soon!
Click here to check out the Facebook...
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