Sep 15, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We asked, and you voted! The online poll asking when you think the $100 millionth dollar will be loaned on Kiva is now closed!We had 430 responses, and unfortunately for the 3 who voted for September 15, today was not the winning day.The most popular date is December 25, with 20 votes, followed by December 13, with 13 votes, and December 12 coming in at third place with 11 votes.For those who want to follow the vote day-by-day, the entire results are listed below, with the percentage of respondents followed by the number of responses for each date.Good luck!September 15, 0.7%... Continue Reading >>

Sep 14, 2009

Right now, we are busily preparing for our ninth class of Kiva Fellows who will arrive next week to be trained prior to being dispatched to the field.  One of the highlights of training week for all members of the Kiva... Continue Reading >>

Sep 10, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Hi All,Please find below some fairly rudimentary analysis into what factors affect loan funding times.A lot of the findings confirm what many of us would probably have expected - for example, that an African woman in agriculture will tend to get funded more quickly than a Central Asian male taxi-driver......However, there are also some more surprising learnings - for example:
  • Single entrepreneurs are funded relatively more slowly than group loans
  • On average, the length of the description does not appear to affect funding time,...
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Sep 4, 2009

The third and final day of SOCAP09 was considered the highlight of the three day conference, with participant-led Open Space sessions.  Over 800 attendees were impressed with the SOCAP team as they convened the right people: top practitioners, investors, and entrepreneurs, along with the new, young grass roots start ups and people with ideas who want to make a difference.  They asked us what projects and topics we wanted to speak more about and then invited us to post these hour-long sessions on the wall for attendees to consider.
There was a...
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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 >>