Nov 12, 2008

Some of the Kiva Lending Teams are really amazing in the community spirit they create, and the way that they incorporate helping entrepreneurs through Kiva into an existing group - whether online or offline.Congratulations to Team Obama for hitting $100k on 11/4. You've really shown that rallying a community around a goal - passing $100k on Election Day - can be unbelievably effective.And congratulations to Team Virginia, who have even created a website for their team and are are selling their own team merchandise on Cafe Press!I've certainly found myself "stumbling" my day away on the Kiva... Continue Reading >>

Nov 6, 2008

Kiva in Cambodia: The Comic Book. Continue Reading >>

Nov 6, 2008

Make sure your check your inbox - and your spam folder! - tomorrow, the Kiva Newsletter for November will be coming your way.If you'd like to receive the newsletter but haven't checked "Send me news from Kiva" in your Kiva Account settings, log in now and check the box to be sure you'll get the newsletter tomorrow. Continue Reading >>

Oct 31, 2008

Zack is a Kiva Staffer and Alum of the Kiva Fellows Program
Ever had the urge to see what you would look like with the facial hair of Abe Lincoln or maybe Santa Claus? Well, now you can... And at the same time you will be helping fund loans for Kiva.Add a cartoon beard to a picture of yourself and atto, a little multi-disciplinary design studio full of happy creative people, will give $1 to Kiva. Check it out: Continue Reading >>

Oct 31, 2008

Dr. Scott McLeod recently heard Alan November's keynote speech at ITEC 2008, where he commented on Kiva:"If the Web needed a reason to be invented, this is it."Check out Dr. McLeod's notes from the speech here. Continue Reading >>

Oct 30, 2008

Today the entire team gathered into the Kiva conference room to watch Kiva's Chief Technology Officer, Sam Mankiewicz, press the magic button to release Kiva website feature "PA2" unto the internet!If you don't know what PA2 is, check out Roma's blog posting of October 23, which in fact is just the tip of the iceberg.PA2 is a major feature which our engineering team has been working on for many months. The general theme is to enable greater detail regarding loan transactions to be stored in the Kiva system, allowing greater transparency - one of our key goals for 2008. We also did a lot of... Continue Reading >>

Oct 29, 2008

Today Kiva was copied on a Letter to the Editor, sent by a Kiva Lender:Dear Editor:I have two investment portfolios. One portfolio holds my investments in American industry. It has declined in value about 25% in the last two months. My other portfolio is with Kiva, a web-based organization that lets me invest directly in microloans to poor people throughout the world. My recent loans to the Cambodian pig farmer, the Azerbaijani clothing seller, the Bolivian cheese maker, the carpenters in Lebanon and Nicaragua, and a dozen others have been repaid in full. The only interest paid by Kiva... Continue Reading >>

Oct 27, 2008

We know that many Kiva Lenders have been using Kiva as a teaching tool in the classroom, as a student activity on college campuses, and as a way to give back as guided by their faith. So, last week we added some new pages to share examples of using Kiva in these ways, and to share some materials that others have created and welcome you to use.Just click on our Do More link and you'll now find Kiva in the Classroom, Kiva on Campus and Kiva and Your Faith. These are places where you can learn about ways in which others are using Kiva as an educational tool or group activity in these contexts... Continue Reading >>

Oct 23, 2008

One thing we strive towards at Kiva is increased transparency into how microfinance works. Next week, we'll be releasing some changes to how we account for our loans. If you want the really, really detailed version, I encourage you to read this post and the surrounding discussion at KivaFriends.If you just want the high level, though, here are the changes we’ll be making:
  • We will be improving the site on which our Field Partners post fundraising loans to work better under low-connectivity environments. Many of our partners work in environments where the internet isn't super snappy. That...
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    Oct 23, 2008

    CGAP yesterday announced that Kiva, among 32 other microfinance investors, have signed on to the Client Protection Principles:"CGAP is announcing that 33 of the world’s largest microfinance investors have signed on to the Client Protection Principles, a microfinance industry-wide initiative that encourages providers to ensure that low-income clients are treated fairly and protected from potentially harmful financial products. The Principles are distilled from the path-breaking work of microfinance institutions, international networks and national microfinance associations to develop pro-... Continue Reading >>