Aug 11, 2006

Kiva.org is currently piloting in Uganda and Kenya a solution which allows partners to update the Kiva.org website from their cell-phone.Kiva.org's partnership with Microsoft Research through the Digital Inclusion project brought to our attention the difficulties our African partners have been overcoming to access the Kiva system. Electrical power in East Africa is very often provided only every other day, and internet connections are at best extremely slow and sporadic. These conditions make uploading required content (business descriptions and updates) extremely cumbersome.As many third... Continue Reading >>


Aug 8, 2006

Kiva.org has been honored with an invitation to the second annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting, September 20-22, 2006, in New York City.This year's group will include King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Tony Blair, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, First Lady Laura Bush, Warren Buffett, Hernando de Soto, Bill Gates, Lakshmi Mittal, Rupert Murdoch, General Colin Powell, Lee Scott Jr., Muhammad Yunus, and dozens of additional distinguished leaders. This nonpartisan Initiative brings together a select group of heads of state...
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Aug 4, 2006

Kiva.org is honored to announce the addition of Sam Daley-Harris to Kiva.org's Advisory Board. Sam Daley-Harris is President and Founder of RESULTS Educational Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to mass educational strategies to generate the will to end world hunger. RESULTS Educational Fund organized the February 1997 Microcredit Summit held in Washington, D.C. The Summit was attended by more than 2,900 participants from 137 countries and launched a nine-year campaign to reach 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, with credit for... Continue Reading >>


Aug 2, 2006

We know you've been asking for it: "When are you going to put a search feature on the site?" Well, we finally got it up there and you can now search your heart out!That's right, our super sleek Businesses page now allows you to easily switch from businesses In Need, Raised, Active or Paid back, by loan amount or by date of posting.And if that's not enough, click on the "Show More Options" link and you can also search by region, sector or gender! (If I ever have to click through 500 businesses again and select a sector and gender for each one...)Thanks for your patience - we are working to... Continue Reading >>


Jul 31, 2006

Last week Kiva.org had a record week, receiving over $23,000 in loan funds! That's FIFTY loans that were raised last week and every last cent that you sent us will be sent to your chosen loan receipient. This is our biggest week yet and we are so excited for the massive support our lenders have shown our entrepreneurs by helping them get the loan they need.We also received a lot of emails last week from people who read the BusinessWeek article about Kiva or saw the ABC News Now story and forwarded it to their friends and family and we'd like to thank everyone who helped... Continue Reading >>


Jul 28, 2006

If you've never visited PledgeBank before, it's a great place to find others who care about the same issues you do andwant to do something about it.Currently 16 people have pledged to make a loan through Kiva.org but only if the number of pledgers reaches 35 by August 1. So what are you waiting for? Call your friends, tell your neighbors, email your in-laws and join the pledge. There's power in numbers! Continue Reading >>


Jul 27, 2006

If you haven't been getting enough Kiva.org in the media, you're in luck. Matt and Premal (Kiva.org's CEO and President respectively) will be interviewed live tonight on "The Progressive Forum", broadcast in the Houston area on KPFT Pacifica Radio. Tune in at 8pm Houston Time (that's 6pm Pacific, 7pm Mountain and 9pm Eastern) to hear the show. If you're in the Houston jump on the dial at 90.1FM, if you're too far to pick up the waves listen live over the internet here. Continue Reading >>


Jul 26, 2006

If you've been getting the feeling that Kiva.org has been exploding in the media - you would be right! BusinessWeek on Friday, Wall Street Journal on Tuesday and today we were featured in an ABC News Now story! What a wildfire week!Check out our very own Matt Flannery and Premal Shah interviewed on ABC News, featuring footage from the field of two of our favorite entrepreneurs, Julius Ocola in Uganda and Lucy Oltingidi in Kenya (special thanks to Jon Rodriguez of into(context) for shooting the footage of Julius and Lucy and making it available to ABC News). Click on the logo to watch...
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Jul 24, 2006

What a weekend!  Since our article in BusinessWeek came out on Friday (page 64 if you haven't already seen it) we've received over $10,000 in loans! Businesses have been funded like hot cakes, and our partners have all seen the article online and were excited to send extra loan requests last night due to the jump in site traffic. So to all of our new BusinessWeek lenders - "Welcome" - and thanks, on behalf of our entrepreneurs, for your loans over the weekend. You might not know this but many of... Continue Reading >>


Jul 21, 2006

Pick up your copy of BusinessWeek today - Kiva.org is featured in a story in this week's edition titled "A Little Money Goes A Long Way". Special thanks to lenders Ann Brown and Bill Gilroy who were happy to speak to the BusinessWeek reporter - we love that the story included some of the people who really make Kiva.org happen. And thank you to all of the lenders - you've brought Kiva.org to the attention of BusinessWeek, and the rest of the world. (Now if we can just get a copy of the story to Maria Martinez in Honduras to let her know business is famous!)Check out the story online here. Continue Reading >>


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