Mar 12, 2008

Guess who dropped by the office yesterday?None other than CA First Lady Maria Shriver, who came by to visit and say "Hi" to the Kiva team! Maria was in town to launch WE Invest, a Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, in Oakland. We were really honored to meet The First Lady, and that she gave some time out of her day to meet the Kiva team. Come again anytime!Check out the pic! Continue Reading >>

Mar 11, 2008

March 15* 1:30 PM, Empire Landmark Hotel, "Bridging The Gap" conference* 7:30 PM, Shenanigans, Meet-Up with lenders and volunteersThis Saturday, I'm going to be talking about Kiva at the "Bridging The Gap" conference in Vancouver sponsored by the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. This is my first public speaking appearance on behalf of Kiva, and to be honest, I'm a little nervous about it. Not so much about running out of things to say (as my friends can attest, I can go on and on and on about Kiva...), but rather, keeping the whole room full of people engaged and interested.... Continue Reading >>

Mar 7, 2008

Towards the end of last year, Kiva decided to allow partners to post loans for groups of borrowers in addition to individual borrowers. The main reason we decided to move forward with this is that it represents a truer picture of what’s happening on the ground since many borrowers actually borrow in groups. It also allows our microfinance field partners to more efficiently seek funding for larger numbers of entrepreneurs – before, they would be supporting groups of borrowers but would have to enter them one by one into the Kiva system. That said, we didn’t do a great job of explaining group... Continue Reading >>

Mar 3, 2008

NAU WAREHOUSE SALE in NYC this week: 3/6-9Nau is a new apparel company that integrates beauty, performance and sustainability while challenging conventional notions of what outdoor clothing can be. Even better, Nau is holding a 40-75% off shopping event 3/6-3/9 at 201 Mulberry St. in NYC to benefit Kiva (5% of every purchase will to Kiva!). Check out the products at Where and when:201 Mulberry St. NY NYThursday 3/6 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.Friday 3/7 from noon - 8 p.m.Saturday 3/8 from noon - 6 p.m. Continue Reading >>

Mar 2, 2008

Kiva / GOOD event 3/4 in NYCCome support Kiva in NYC on Tuesday, March 4 from 7-10pm @ Felissimo Townhouse 10 West 56 Street New York, NY 10019 RSVP and more info at With support from Design 21 and Etsy - Cocktails by 10 Cane Rum - Florals by Gardenia Organics - Sparkling Juice by Izze - Snacks by Clif Bar, FEED... Continue Reading >>

Feb 5, 2008

Microsoft Office Online has generously featured Kiva in its Finance Guide and throughout the Office Online site. We are grateful for this relationship - Microsoft has supported Kiva from the beginning. Check out more about this partnership on our Kiva Supporters page. Continue Reading >>

Feb 5, 2008

Many thanks to arthead sf and 111 Minna Gallery for holding a Silent Art Auction Fundraiser tonight to benefit Kiva!

The arthead SF contributing artists will auction off artwork to raise money for artists include: Beth Bojarski, John Casey, Micke Tong, Tiffany Schmierer, Noah Biel, Rene Gagnon, Alexis Mackenzie, Tony Guaraldi Brown, Sarah Spitler, Shawn Hardy, Christine Kelser, Godfrey Lim, Lucien Shapiro, Stacy Martin, Ellen Black, Rachelle Cohen and Debbie Horn. was created to bring readers the meaning behind the art....

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Jan 18, 2008

We're thrilled to announce that MySpace has named Kiva a Finalist for this month’s MySpace Impact Awards, in the category of Poverty Relief.In the upcoming weeks, MySpace users will select a winner from among the three nominees.Vote for Kiva today! Continue Reading >>

Jan 10, 2008

Reuters recently picked up a story published by IRIN, titled "UGANDA: More Kenyan displaced arriving at refugee centres."A man by the name of Danson Ng'ang'a was interviewed in the story. A past Kiva Fellow noticed the interview in the article, and suspected the man interviewed was a Kiva borrower he met in Kenya. Kiva has contacted the journalist, who confirmed that the identity of the man is indeed Kiva borrower Danson Ng'ang'a, a dairy farmer operating out of Malaba - Teso District, Kenya.We are glad to have been able to pass on information to Kiva Field Partner PEMCI of Danson's last... Continue Reading >>

Jan 7, 2008

Kiva has been nominated for "Most likely to make the world a better place" in the 2007 Crunchies, a collaboration project between GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb, VentureBeat and TechCrunch which recognizes the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.Vote for Kiva here! (We're in great company.) Continue Reading >>