Sep 9, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This post was authored by Michelle Kreger, Kiva's Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives. During a recent trip to Kenya, my colleague and I had the chance to connect with the director of Dispensers for Safe Water at Evidence Action, a deeply data-driven project looking at water purification adoption behaviors in rural Kenya. What started as a group of researchers seeking to understand the best way to encourage people to drink safe water, has now developed into an impressive non-profit scaling a proven solution to the problem of waterborne diseases. Contaminated water can cause... Continue Reading >>

Sep 2, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Of all the 72+ countries Kiva works in every day, Tajikistan has a hard time standing out. Even though there are 190 borrowers looking for loans there right now. Even though it is technically the most impoverished country in Central Asia. Still, very few people are lending to Tajik borrowers. So we want to shed some light on why lending in this poor but culturally rich country is so important -- and this light is shining from one of our partners there, MDO Arvand, and the success stories it has seen. Make a loan to a borrower in Tajikistan today and change a life!... Continue Reading >>

Aug 30, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loves supporting students to pursue their dreams. More importantly, we believe that education can alleviate poverty and help people significantly improve their quality of life in the long term. That's why we’re so excited about our new partnership with the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan! This nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary university was founded in 1997 with the support of the United States Government and the Open Society Institute. Today, AUCA provides a...

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Aug 28, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Dear Kiva Community,  If you’re a part of Kiva’s lending team community, chances are you’ve either seen or taken part in a conversation about the loans that Strathmore University recently posted to the Kiva website. We're listening. In this blog post, we hope to address a lot of the issues that have been raised and provide answers to many of the questions we've been seeing. If this is new to you, here’s a brief recap: A couple months ago, one of our Field Partners, Strathmore University,...

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Aug 27, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Today, we couldn't be more excited to announce a brand new initiative called Kiva UIt's not just a program. It's a movement. Everywhere, thousands of students and educators are joining together to change the world through microfinance. Already, we've seen teachers, high school clubs, campus chapters, and inspired students mobilizing to solve the world's toughest challenges. All of this has motivated us to take the next step and create tools for people to learn more about global poverty, economics, credit, and how small loans can change people's... Continue Reading >>

Aug 26, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva has come up with a respectful way to offer help…Kiva’s model says that people in developing countries are capable of creating their own prosperity... City: Pheonix, Arizona Language: English Team: Loan On Me Time with Kiva: 10 months Outstanding contributions to Kiva: After 10 months as a volunteer editor with Kiva, Amy has reviewed over 3,000 loans! She is an extremely conscientious editor with an eye for detail, and is always up for sharing her... Continue Reading >>

Aug 25, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Today, we're excited to introduce a new way to visualize the impact your lending team is making. Our goal is to help you better visualize the positive change created by your team, and provide you with a fun infographic that can be shared with family and friends. We started this project by asking Kiva lenders what they thought would be the most important information to enable them visualize their team's impact. Using our learnings we crafted designs, which we reviewed with a randomly-selected cross section of lenders. The result of this process is the new “Impact” section of the team page,... Continue Reading >>

Aug 20, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post by Elli Bishop, a writer for BusinessBee, a site dedicated to providing readers with the latest business news. In a city where the lights are literally going out, it's good to know that there are some glimmers of hope. For Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy mid-July, and where nearly 40 percent of the city's streetlights remain dark, that glimmer is innovative programs, like Kiva Zip and Michigan Corps, that are committed to...
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Aug 16, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is very excited to welcome Yunus Social Business (YSB) Funds as a new partner! In this earlier blog post we explained the importance of social businesses, which are defined as non-dividend businesses specifically created to solve a social problem. YSB was created in 2011 to expand and raise awareness about this movement, and offers advisory services and incubator funds to social businesses. They are currently working in Haiti, Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Tunisia and Togo with plans to continue expanding globally. YSB was co-founded by Professor Muhammed Yunus, who... Continue Reading >>

Aug 13, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva just launched a bunch of brand new features and improvements to the website. Here are some things too look out for: Google+ Integration Helping our lenders spread the word about Kiva is important for us to reach even more people! Whether it's in person or online, it's you that makes Kiva grow. For each user that shares Kiva through one of their social networks, we get three new visitors to our website. We've now added a new way to share Kiva by adding a button to share your loan on Google+. Make a loan and try it out! Loan Tagging Finding a... Continue Reading >>