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 >>

Aug 26, 2009

We need your help out there! Friday is the last day of the Wells Fargo RSI Challenge. Wells Fargo will donate $1 to Kiva (up to $25k) for each person who gets his or her Retire Secure Index (RSI) score. So far nearly 2000 of you have done so, but we know we can do better. It's simple and takes less than a minute.If you haven’t already, all you have to do is go here and click on the link to answer nine easy questions about how you save and when you plan to retire. The RSI calculator will give you a score that helps you understand how ready you are for retirement. Our goal is 25,000 but we’... Continue Reading >>

Aug 26, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

In his last post on his blog on the Skoll Foundation's Social Edge, Matt Flannery talked about his experiment with Twitter. After a few successful months, he decided to continue the experiment. While he will pop in from time to time, while he's away we have new voices to tell Kiva's unfolding story.

Kiva has been very fortunate to draw a diverse pool of volunteer Kiva Fellows who fulfill Kiva's mission in places around the globe. Whether a language student with extensive experience living in the developing world, a young professional in the financial or technology sector, or a career...

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Aug 25, 2009

Kiva's most recent Go Game event in London was a huge success!  I spoke with Kieran Ball, a former Kiva Fellow, and here's what he had to say: 
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Aug 18, 2009

Just a reminder that our monthly Community Conference Call is tomorrow. Details below:After last month's format, we'll be returning to a regular Q&A format for the August Community Conference Call. This time, all you have to do is dial in to our conference line to attend the call.
When: The call is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19th at 2 pm US Pacific time.
Dial in US: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6415483
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Aug 14, 2009

Kivas Community Outreach Team is thrilled to announce the recent release of the ...

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Aug 14, 2009

A very important element of Kiva is the interest rate paid by entrepreneurs to the Field Partners who facilitate each loan.Recap on Interest RatesIf you're new to Kiva, let us break it down for you like this: 1. When you make a loan to a Kiva entrepreneur, 100% of your loan funds are received by Kiva. 2. Kiva then passes 100% of your loan funds to the Field Partner (microfinance institution on the ground that Kiva has partnered with) 3. The Field Partner passes 100% of your loan funds on to the entrepreneur 4. When the entrepreneur repays the loan, the... Continue Reading >>

Aug 11, 2009

One word you’ll constantly hear around the Kiva office is “efficiency.” It’s a key theme at Kiva because the more efficient we can be, the more loans can get funded on the website, and the more we can achieve our social mission.

We’re going to try an experiment in the coming weeks: we’ll be allowing some loan requests to be posted to the website without an English translation.

How does this help Kiva be more efficient?...

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