This is build.kiva.org, our brand-spankin'-new destination for developers wanting to build and extend the microlending platform we've created at Kiva. Over the next few months we plan to shape this into a hub for builders, mashers, and other creative types looking to make a difference in the world through loans to the working poor. Here you'll find news, discussion, and documentation around the Kiva API and other tools we provide to developers. You'll also be able to connect with other Kiva Developers, share your ideas, and keep up with activity going on in the developer community...Continue Reading >>
Hello! We're brimming over with excitement here at Kiva Headquarters because today we get to introduce you to the Kiva API. We've been working hard over the past 4 months, crafting this interface so that anyone with a bit of software savvy can help us create new applications, tools, and features for the Kiva lending community. All you need to get started is a bit of instruction – the Kiva API is completely open and no developer registration is required to use it. The Kiva API begins as a set of RESTful web services, focused primarily on the tasks of...Continue Reading >>
It is official! Our next class of Kiva Fellows are trained, graduated, and headed into the field. Congratulations to all of the trainees that became Kiva Fellows last week. Some of the highlights included the "New Lender Challenge", the KF7 Graduation Dinner, and a training session outside at Dolores Park.Our 28 KF7's will be going to placements all over the world. Check out the map:We are thrilled to share with you that each member of KF7 has been equipped with a Flip Video to create more Kiva videos and pilot video journaling for Kiva borrowers.Keep an eye on the Kiva Fellows Blog as well... Continue Reading >>
This morning we launched the Kiva API and our new developer website, build.kiva.org. If you're a hacker, a hard core developer, or just curious, head over to the site now to check it out!
The Microcredit Summit Campaign last week released the 2009 State of the Campaign Report, revealing that more than 106 million of the world's poorest families received a microloan in 2007.Read the press release here.Download the report here.The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a U.S.-based grassroots advocacy organization committed to ending hunger and poverty. Continue Reading >>
During Kiva Fellows training, we are having a friendly competition to recruit new lenders. We have until 7am West Coast time Friday morning to recruit as many new Kiva lenders as possible. Please help us spread the word!Please register at Kiva.org RIGHT NOW using this URLGo to https://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=registerAnd write next to "referred by a friend" this email@example.comHURRY!!! Continue Reading >>
Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball follows up his video on the evolution of a Kiva loan with a few more insights into how the loan profile gets to Kiva lenders in the first place. Lorne Warwick, a volunteer Kiva Editor, joins him in telling the story. Like the windshield on a motor-taxi in Phnom Penh rush hour, transparency is vital to Kiva’s survival.... Continue Reading >>
Way back in the summer when we launched Kiva Lending Teams, we had no idea how active some of our lending teams could become and how popular team message boards would be. Some of the most interesting content on our website is generated by team members posting to team message boards.
Many people have been asking me what the impact of the global financial crisis is, or will be, on microfinance. So, when two papers passed my desk this morning, I thought Kiva lenders might be interested in reading them too:Click here to download the Foundation for Development Cooperation's briefing note titled "Impact of the Global Finanical Crisis on Microfinance".Click here to download "Micro's Moment", an article by Sam Mendelson ( smmendelson A.T. googlemail.com ), published in Financial World magazine ( www.financialworld.co.uk ). Continue Reading >>
Some of you may know that Kiva maintains a two-week release cycle, so that every two weeks we release changes to the website. Sometimes these changes are more noticeable than others. In the last couple weeks, the vast majority of what we’ve been working on has been fixes for issues introduced when we changed our repayment accounting system (and we continue to work on these as highest priority in order to iron them out as quickly as possible).One slight improvement we are releasing this week is based on the issue we received the most customer feedback about over the past two months: people... Continue Reading >>