May 2, 2007

We are incredibly saddened to receive news of the passing of Jedidah Waigwa (pictured above with Matt Flannery, September 2006) on Saturday, April 28th. Jedidah passed away after having a heart attack.As Executive Director of Women's Economic Empowerment Consort (WEEC), Jedidah was instrumental to establishing Kiva.org's partnership with WEEC - our first Kenyan Field Partner - in early 2006. Her professionalism, commitment and strong social mission were an asset to both WEEC and Kiva.org.Our thoughts are with Jedidah's family during this time, and the many people she affected in her life... Continue Reading >>


Apr 30, 2007

Join us in Second Life today at noon for a Kiva.org meet-up.To get to the Kiva Virtual Office use this SLURL once you're in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Merricks%20Landing%202/106/165/24Thanks to Second Life's Linkz Marketing for building and supporting the Kiva Virtual Office. Continue Reading >>


Apr 27, 2007

If you you haven't already heard of them, Agents of Change are a Canadian non-profit cycling 2,000 miles from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico to raise money for Mexican entrepreneurs on Kiva.org. Currently there are 25 riders participating in the complete ride, with a support group of dozens.Agents of Change will be holding events as they pass through Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. To get more info or donate to Agents of Change, visit their website at www.agentsofchange.ca.Happy Cycling! Continue Reading >>


Apr 25, 2007

Join us for a Kiva.org Happy Hour in San Francisco!When: Tuesday, May 8Where: Vessel 85 Campton Place at Stockton St, Union SquareWhy: Because you want to meet other San Francisco Kiva Lenders, supporters and enthusiasts. And you want to meet some Kiva.org staff to find out who's behind all this. And we all love to have fun on a Tuesday night!There will be an optional donation of $10 at the door - all of which will be going to help pay the rent for Kiva.org's small Mission district office.See you there... Continue Reading >>


Apr 23, 2007

Join us in Second Life today at noon for a Kiva.org meet-up.To get to the Kiva Virtual Office use this SLURL once you're in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Merricks%20Landing%202/106/165/24Thanks to Second Life's Linkz Marketing for building and supporting the Kiva Virtual Office. Continue Reading >>


Apr 20, 2007

Kiva.org is proud to announce our first partnership in Indonesia, with MBK:

"Mitra Bisnis Keluarga" (MBK) stands for "Family Business Partners". MBK is a non-bank financial company (NBFC) regulated by the Ministry of Finance and with a venture capital license issued in November 2006. Using the classic Grameen Bank methodology, MBK provides working capital to low-income households in Indonesia in order to raise their family incomes and living standards.

MBK took over the microfinance activities of Ganesha Microfinance Foundation, which operated from 2003 to 2006. During this period...

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Apr 18, 2007

Kiva.org is proud to announce our first partnership in Togo with HELP Africa:

Humanitarian Efforts to Lessen Poverty in Africa ( HELP Africa ) was founded in 2000 to further socio-economic development and human capacity building in key areas of Africa. HELP Africa is also legally registered in Togo, is a US 501-c-3 organization and is also registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin .

HELP Africa's mission is to serve as a catalyst for social change and social entrepreneurship at the local level in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is particularly focused on supporting dignity and...

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Apr 16, 2007

Congratulations Kiva Lenders! On Friday you crossed the $5 million loaned mark - and we're still rolling! At this rate we'll reach our 2007 goal of $10m early.Don't forget to log in to Second Life today for our weekly meet-up.To get to the Kiva Virtual Office use this SLURL once you're in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Merricks%20Landing%202/106/165/24Thanks to Second Life's Linkz Marketing for building and supporting the Kiva Virtual Office. Continue Reading >>


Apr 13, 2007

If you live in the San Francisco area tune in to ABC7 News tonight at 5:00pm to watch a news story on Kiva.org! Premal Shah, Kiva.org President, will be explaining a little of the history of Kiva.org and how the program works, and there will even be an interview with a local Kiva Lender.If you haven't yet told everyone you know about Kiva.org, now's the time, before your friends start telling you! Continue Reading >>


Apr 12, 2007

That's right - the Kiva Community of users has now grown to 50,000!!! Add on the 7,700 entrepreneurs who've received loans through Kiva.org and suddenly we have a real global community of business partners.$25 might not seem like much, but when there are 50,000 of us joining together we suddenly become a powerful force enabling real opportunity in the lives of the working poor.Be empowered to change a life! Continue Reading >>


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