Sep 4, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

"Ms. Lien Thị Doãn is only 28 years old, yet she still manages to look younger than her age. She has a 13 year old son and a 5 year old daughter, kind eyes and she smiles frequently. As the breadwinner for her family (her husband is not well), she works every day - weather permitting - making coal blocks.The coal blocks Ms. Lien creates are called “Than”, which are often used in homes and restaurants to heat large pots of food. The Nam Ngan district where Ms. Lien lives is well known for coal production. The work requires plenty of sunshine so the weather directly affects her ability to... Continue Reading >>

Sep 4, 2009

For those of you in the Miami area, come join us for a special event!  
Dorian Gregory, the Clevelander South Beach, and other surprise celebs are proud to host a fundraiser called "Clevelander for Kiva."  Also sponsoring the event is Kiva's Field Partner, Accion USA. 
The event will begin at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, September 5th, and will last until the wee hours.  A private VIP reception will be held on the C-Level rooftop terrace.  All are welcome to join in the fun, so please share this announcement with any friends or family in the area...
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Sep 4, 2009

Mark your calendars -- this month's Community Conference Call is coming up!
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Sep 3, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Last month we asked for your feedback on the Kiva Newsletter via an online survey.We want to thank you for your feedback! Resulting from the survey, we're going to make the following changes to the newsletter:
  • More entrepreneur stories! We hear you loud and clear and know that this is the content you most look forward to each month. We'll do our best to try to get more of this content, including more videos, and more in-depth interviews with borrowers.
  • More inside information on Kiva! We'll try to do a better job of giving you insight into what we're working on at Kiva so...
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Sep 3, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva has been growing and growing, and each month millions of dollars are being loaned to entrepreneurs around the world.We just passed the $90 million mark in total loans made (that's cumulative loan volume), and now the countdown is on to $100 million!Earlier this year, we started an office pool to see who could guess when we'd hit $100 million - and we'd like to invite you to join in!We've created an online survey so you can vote for the day you think we'll hit $100 million in total loans. To place your vote, just click here.Now, in the interests of... Continue Reading >>

Sep 3, 2009

Here's our recording of the last Kiva Community Conference Call from August 19, 2009. Thanks to all who could attend! Community Conference Call Continue Reading >>

Sep 1, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Earlier this year Kiva Field Partner AMK was awarded the Microfinance Information Exchange Social Performance Reporting Award, for transparency in reporting of social performance indicators.This month AMK Chairman Paul Luchtenburg was interviewed by The Phnom Penh Post, and he shares some interesting insight into the state of AMK's activities in Cambodia, and how they've been impacted by the financial crisis. Read the article here. Continue Reading >>

Aug 31, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Some exciting news: Kiva was awarded the 2009 Index Award in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Index Award is the biggest design award in the world, focused on designs with a social impact. This year, there were 720 nominations from 54 countries. The award is given to 5 winners once every 2 years. It has included 2005 winner Life Straw, a water-purifying device that has helped to reduce deaths from contaminated water in Africa, and a cheap yet effective prosthesis for feet destroyed by land mines, a winner in 2007.I traveled Copenhagen to receive the 100,000 Euro award on behalf of Kiva. We... Continue Reading >>

Aug 31, 2009

Thanks to, Kiva will have a presence at SOCAP09 this week and we’re thrilled about the opportunity!

Kiva is proudly partnering with both...

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Aug 30, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Microrate this month released 2009 Microfinance Investment Vehicle survey, which analyzed the growth and trends of microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) over the last year. Click here for Microrate's summary paper and presentation of the survey. Continue Reading >>