Feb 22, 2010

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."-Sri Chinmoy Ghose Continue Reading >>

Feb 19, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

21st Annual National Service-Learning Conference — Inspire. Imagine. Innovate! Held March 24-27, 2010 in San Jose, California, this event celebrates service-learning as a force that spans cultural and national boundaries, builds communities, and strengthens young people.

The conference is the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in service-learning, drawing approximately 2,500 attendees from across the United States and many other countries each year. Through three days of general sessions, thought leader series, service-learning... Continue Reading >>

Feb 18, 2010

Hope Sings™ is the first music organization to use the universality of song and the power of story to raise funds for and awareness of microfinance. By highlighting the stories of individual microfinance recipients, it aims to help people around the world – especially women - lift themselves out of poverty. All net proceeds will be donated to Kiva.org and other participating organizations such as FINCA, ACCION and MicroPlace.“It came to me on a beach in the Baja that I wanted to be up to something more with my writing. I wanted to have a broad and meaningful impact on people’s lives,”... Continue Reading >>

Feb 17, 2010

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."-Lao Tzu Continue Reading >>

Feb 16, 2010

Well, you can!
Each time you make a loan on Kiva, your Facebook profile will share this information with your friends. It's a wonderful way to spread the word about the Kiva entrepreneurs you have chosen to support from all around the world.Please read the document below to learn how to share your loan activity on Facebook.
Sharing Your Kiva Activity on Facebook
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Feb 14, 2010

Kiva is excited to announce our newest field partner in Kenya! Juhudi Kilimo is an innovative, for-profit social enterprise based in Nairobi with seven branches in rural communities across Kenya.Farming is the backbone of the Kenyan economy and it’s typically carried out by small producers who usually cultivate no more than two hectares (about five acres) using limited technology. These poor, rural smallholder farmers are in dire need of financial services. Juhudi works with these farmers to directly finance dairy cows, chickens, agricultural equipment, and other assets... Continue Reading >>

Feb 10, 2010

We wanted to let you all know about an exciting change that went live on Kiva at the beginning of this month. Going forward, when a Field Partner uploads a loan request, they will no longer be able to choose the option of covering borrower default.For roughly a year, Kiva allowed its Field Partners the option to cover entrepreneur defaults. This meant that even if an entrepreneur you supported couldn’t repay their loan, their Field Partner could opt to pay you back anyway.Kiva originally decided to offer this option because it was more efficient to manage repayments on an institutional level... Continue Reading >>

Feb 9, 2010

Kiva works with existing microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, to fund loans to low income entrepreneurs all over the world. This is the first in a series of "Partner Profiles" that we'll be sharing here from time to time.Field Partner: Caja Rural Señor de LurenLocation: Peru... Continue Reading >>

Feb 8, 2010

I'm excited to announce a new Kiva Field Partner - Credicomun - our third active partner in Mexico. Credicomun posted its first (of many!) loans this morning here.Credicomun is based out of Mexico City and has 17 branches throughout the country. The organization is less than 5 years old but has grown rapidly in that time. They work mostly in rural areas through the village banking methodology (group loans), and their average loan size is quite small for Mexico, at about $400. The organization has a strong focus on social performance, and... Continue Reading >>