Aug 10, 2009

Last week, at long last, Kiva launched in Armenia with our first new partner in the country: Nor Horizon Universal Credit Organization. The first loan for Gohar Alikhanyan, a 49-year old widow who runs a fruit stand in the capital city, was funded within hours. More loans from Nor Horizon will be up on the site very soon, keep checking back on the site!To tell you a little bit about Nor Horizon, the organization was originally founded by OXFAM Great Britain. The organization's mission is to provide high-quality business development services to enterprising individuals and small-scale... Continue Reading >>

Aug 7, 2009

What's it really like to have a small candle-making or weaving workshop in Guatemala? Now you can get a closer look...Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll are two world travelers documenting their journey through The Americas on their website Uncornered Market. On the way they have been volunteering with Kiva's media program, meeting with and capturing images of Kiva Entrepreneurs to help tell their stories.Earlier this year Audrey and Daniel visited Juan and Magda, two microloan recipients in Guatemala, who allowed them to tour their workspaces for their weaving and candle-making businesses.... Continue Reading >>

Aug 7, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva's CEO, Matt Flannery, and President, Premal Shah, were interviewed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday, for the Gavin Newsom Show which broadcasts on local radio.The show will air tomorrow at 11am on Green 960. If you can pick up the radio station, be sure to tune in! Continue Reading >>

Aug 6, 2009

To many in the world, Nepal is a distant and enchanting place. A small nation of 28 million people, it is surrounded by two giants with China to the north and India to the south. Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest, known locally as Sagarmāthā, which have been attracting travellers and explorers for hundreds of years.The Nepalese people mostly practise a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism and the countryside and sky high mountains are dotted with the colourful Tibetan prayer flags that float freely in the cool Himalayan breeze (such as those in the... Continue Reading >>

Aug 6, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We want your feedback on the Kiva Newsletter!It's been 12 months since we sent the first monthly Kiva Newsletter, so we figured it's a good time to take a look at how we're doing. We've created a short (6 question) survey so you can tell us what you like, what you don't like, and how you'd like us to do it differently. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey so that we can continue to improve the Kiva Newsletter.Thanks!Click Here to take survey Continue Reading >>

Aug 6, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

August has finally arrived and we all know what that means, school is right around the corner! But don’t fret; this year Kiva has you covered. While we can’t provide you with shiny new school supplies or a ride back to campus, we can offer you a variety of fun and innovative ways to bring Kiva into the...
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Aug 6, 2009

It's almost time to go back to school!Mr. L (pictured at left) is a 9th Grade World Studies teacher, and has been incorporating Kiva into his classroom for two years. Read about his experience using Kiva as an educational tool, and get inspired for the new school year! "I am a 9th grade World Studies teacher to about 150 students each year, at South Medford High School in southern Oregon. Two years ago, I began using Kiva after my students were asking what they could do... Continue Reading >>

Aug 6, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

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
Dial in (Outside US): +1 303-248-0285 Access Code: 6415483
We hope to hear you on the line!...
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Aug 5, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

A few months ago, we decided to get a Twitter account started (follow us @kiva) to add one more way to reach out to the Kiva community. In a short time, we've eclipsed the 10,000 follower mark! Every day there are a ton of tweets about what Kiva's up to. We decided to pull out a few of our favorites to share with you:@hubbayarea: @Kiva responds to questions about its U.S. pilot - 'We believe poverty is relative' for once I wish I lived in UK, just so I could go to this @kiva event Ive started putting $25 a month into @kiva "... Continue Reading >>