May 21, 2008

Matt Flannery just returned from the Google Zeitgeist in the UK, where he spoke on a panel about technology, new business models and change behaviors from retail to philanthropy.Matt was surprised to hear Queen Rania quoting some Kiva stats during her speech, skip to 5 minutes in for the Kiva shout out! Continue Reading >>

May 14, 2008

The Kiva website experienced some unexpected downtime today between the hours of 2pm-3:30pm PST. Our web provider seems to have run some maintenance tasks that brought the site down without informing us first. We apologize for the outage and are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. The site should be back up and happy now.Thanks for understanding. Continue Reading >>

May 9, 2008
By Anonymous

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a link to a website called How I Spent My Stimulus. Most of the posts are what you'd expect - trips to Cabo Wabo, trips to the dentist, trips to Home Depot, etc.As I scanned down the page, I suddenly recognized one of the pictures as one of our borrowers! It seems Kiva Lender Dawson used his tax rebate to fully fund Patricia Tonumaivao. Nice one, Dawson - way to stimulate the Samoan economy ;)
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May 6, 2008

Congratulations!!Kiva is the Webby People'sVoice Winner for Charitable Organizations / Nonprofit!!Thanks to everyone who voted for us!! It's certainly an honor to be chosen winner by the people, especially against such stiff competition.Click here to learn more about The Webbys! Continue Reading >>

Apr 30, 2008

Kiva is up for the vote!!
We've been nominated for a Webby People's Voice Award in the category of Society: Charitable Organizations / Non-Profit, but the competition is tough!Vote now and help us win our first ever Webby Award!1 - go to http://pv.webbyawards.com2 - Click on "Register now". You will receive an activation code that will allow you to start voting.3 - Once you're registered, you will see 4 ballots - click on Website (on the left)4 - Scroll down to the section "Society" and click on "Charitable... Continue Reading >>

Apr 29, 2008

Well, almost one-click.We’re adding a neat new feature when adding loans that allows lenders to drop loans into their baskets more easily. On Kiva's Lend and Home pages, there will now be a “Lend $25” button which will quickly drop $25 of a loan into your basket. It’ll keep you on the same page, so you can go ahead and make more loans like this. Then, when you’re ready, you can proceed to your basket page to check out (or adjust the loan so it’s more than $25).For those of you who prefer the experience of reading through the description in detail, you can still click on the entrepreneur photo... Continue Reading >>

Apr 26, 2008

Last week, Matt and Premal visited Philadelphia, PA to share some magical moments in Kiva’s history. Upon arrival, the three of us had a warm visit with executives at Advanta headquarters in anticipation for the ‘big night’. Hours later, we arrived at the official KivaB4B Launch Party in Center City hosted by Advanta. The celebration included international / world-class entertainment from a classical BharataNatyam... Continue Reading >>

Apr 15, 2008

Ok, that title's pretty cheesy given what this post is about, but oh well. Basically, a little while ago, Jeremy (one of our engineers) found himself in the happy situation of having some Kiva Credit to spend. So, he made his way to the Kiva Lend page, ready to loan. When he got there, though, he found himself squinting at the pictures of the entrepreneurs because they're so small. That's when his ingenuity kicked in and he decided to make the pictures a lot bigger. (Get it, "The Bigger Picture"?) Anyway, the release with the bigger pictures should go live later this week. We think you'll... Continue Reading >>

Apr 9, 2008

Congratulations Kiva!We've been announced an Official Honoree for the Best Practices category in The 12th Annual Webby Awards, and nominated for the Charitable Organizations / Non-Profit category.We're honored to be recognized by the Webby Awards, and looking forward to finding out the winners!(Props to all Kiva engineers for working so hard on the website!) Continue Reading >>

Apr 1, 2008

Starting this week, Kiva will be sending out monthly reminders to all of you who have Kiva Credit sitting in your accounts. There are a few ways you can receive Kiva Credit; the most common are when a borrower fully repays her loan or someone gives you a Kiva gift certificate. Needless to say, unused Kiva Credit is money that isn't useful to anyone -- it's neither being used to lend to more entrepreneurs nor is it being used by the account holder for anything else. For more on this, see Matt's blog post at the beginning of March. Through reminding people to use their Kiva Credit, we can... Continue Reading >>