Aug 3, 2009

You might have been following Kiva's incredible 5 month stretch of record lending, each month breaking the previous record:February $3,828,825.00March $4,282,625.00April $4,487,875.00May $4,643,100.00June $4,909,050.00What an incredible five months! While we were hoping this might continue Titanic-style (we think big at Kiva), July didn't beat June's incredible record of over $4.9 million loaned. However, July did beat our previous record, from May,... Continue Reading >>

Jul 30, 2009

Calling all Kivans in the UK!

The Go Game Event in SF was such a success that we’ve decided to host a similar event in a secret location near Leicester Square in...

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Jul 28, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We were excited to see a new app roll out this week-- created by developer Amol Mittal from San Francisco.  When Amol noticed that the current Kiva badges were geared towards specific publishing platforms (namely wordpress and facebook), he decided to create something that could work for multiple platforms.



Humsara makes it easy to embed your personal loan portfolio in a slide-show format directly into your website.  Let's learn more about the developer behind...

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Jul 24, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Hi Everyone –
We wanted to provide an update to our previous post about our pilot program in the U.S. Kiva’s Board of Directors met last night and had a chance to review the pilot program. Specifically, we reviewed the following material:
Kiva U.S. Loans Impact Analysis...
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Jul 23, 2009

On July 15, 2009 avid Kiva supporters from challenged each other to break a new record. They wanted to have as many people as possible associated with “” show up under their lender avatar (profile picture) on a single loan. They chose to loan to the Esperanza 2006 group from El Alto / La Paz, Bolivia working with Pro Mujer. They were hugely successful with 85 Kiva Friends lending to the group before it was fully funded. Their previous record involved 65 participants, so this was a vast improvement!

This is yet one...

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Jul 21, 2009

In Q2, Intel's Small Things Challenge registered over 135,000 clicks! Intel is going to round up these clicks, and will be providing $37,500 to be split equally between Kiva and Save the Children.If you haven't clicked on the Small Things Challenge - do it now! It's the easiest way to donate money to Kiva - all you have to do is click your mouse!The $18,750 donation to Kiva for Q2 will be divided between funding loans and donation to Kiva. Check out the Small Things Challenge Lending Team here.Check out the Small Things Challenge Lender Page here.(Why are you still reading this? Get... Continue Reading >>

Jul 21, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

This week's Behind the Apps is a guest post from Vaibhav Domkundwar, Founder of Better Labs. His team created the popular Kiva Alerts app, which is being featured on the homepage. Hi there! My name is Vaibhav Domkundwar and I am an entrepreneur and founder of , a small product incubation firm where we like to experiment with development very early stage concepts and products. We work with founders in the concept stages of their startups (most times the company is not even incorporated) as co-founders to prototype concepts, test, iterate and build customer-...

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Jul 20, 2009

One month ago, the Kenya Agency for Development of Enterprise and Technology (KADET) became the first Kiva partner in Kenya to join in over a year. Rocked by the post-election violence of early 2008, KADET and many other microfinance institutions were severely impacted by clashes that disrupted everyday life for an entire nation. In spite of this, KADET continued to serve clients in 53 branches across a nation the size of Texas ensuring that the rural poor maintained access to financial services.Kenya's microfinance sector has continued to feel the effects of the post election violence but... Continue Reading >>

Jul 20, 2009

Traveling with a microfinance institution in rural Tanzania, I once spent 45 minutes in an SUV getting to their "closest" rural client. Rural Africa can get pretty sparsely populated making it difficult for loan officers to access clients or for clients to access an MFI office without incurring significant costs. Higher costs make it harder for microfinance institutions to serve the rural poor or drive up interest rates to keep institutions sustainable.What if clients could make payments on loans through their phones? That's what two Kiva partners, Tujijenge in Tanzania and the Small and... Continue Reading >>

Jul 16, 2009

Dear Kiva Lenders --PDS Extraordinaire Rico Munoz recently put together this map that shows all of Kiva's partners in the Philippines and where Kiva loans are having an effect. As you can see, your generous support is helping microentrepreneurs all across this wonderful country. So once again, on behalf of our Filipino partners, Rico & myself, thank you again for your dedication to helping make Kiva so successful in the PhilippinesHappy lending!!Darren MiaoMicrofinance Partnership Manager - Asia PacificRico MunozPartnership Development Specialist - Asia Pacific Continue Reading >>