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
By Fiona Ramsey [field_fellow_contributors]

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
By Premal Shah [field_fellow_contributors]

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
By Chelsa Bocci [field_fellow_contributors]

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
By JD Bergeron [field_fellow_contributors]

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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