One of the problems we often hear about from Kiva lenders who are members of Lending Teams is that they get too many team message emails. They want to be connected to their teams and be informed when teammates post messages, but sometimes the number of emails they receive just gets downright overwhelming!So, we're introducing a new email daily digest mode for team messages. Lenders can go to the Email Preferences section of their account (note: you'll need to log in to get there) and ask Kiva to send them team messages "No more than once a day" or "Never" or "As they arrive." Here's a... Continue Reading >>
Our Happy Hour last week was a success! If you weren't able to make it, you can still join the conversation on our Google Group. A quick run down: We had a great turn-out, from independent designers to non-profit leaders to google engineers. Some people have already created apps, while others were looking for partners and inspiration (over beer and cake). Skylar shared plans for the Kiva API; and Kiva's CEO & President spoke about the Kiva vision, and how developers can take part in shaping its future. Throughout the party, a big screen higlighted...Continue Reading >>
In this week's blog posting "Poverty Isn't Always Pretty," Kiva Fellow Rob Cavese reflects on six months serving in Tajikistan and the Philippines. We give our wholehearted thanks to Rob for his service and sincere engagement in the challenges of microfinance in the field. Please click on the title of this post to read his posting. Continue Reading >>
Our next Kiva Community Conference Call is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th (Tax Day!) at 2pm PDT.
The Kiva Engineering team is opening up the Kiva offices for friends and developers to meet-up, chat, and hang out. We'll have drinks and snacks on hand, all starting at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 9:RSVP at upcoming.com or on Facebook.We're hoping to have people showing off and taking about the applications they've been building with the Kiva API, so if you're in the area, please drop by! It's a great chance to collaborate with other engineers and like-minded technophiles.Coincidentally, April 9 is also Yuri Gagarin's birthday, so we'll be celebrating outer space as well. Cosmonaut jumpsuits... Continue Reading >>
Today Facebook has hit the 200 million member mark (making that community bigger than Pakistan, Brazil and Bangledesh!) and to celebrate, they've added a Virtual Kiva Piggy Bank to their gift shop!
Turns out a florist shop in Uganda is much like florist shops you're used to - and may even bring you back to your high school dances!Kiva Fellow Stephanie Koczela visited Florence Musola, a member of the Balikyewunya Group at her florist shop in Kampala, Uganda.Check out a video of Florence and her shop below, and read Stephanie's blog about the visit here. Continue Reading >>
Kiva Fellow Stephanie Koczela is on the ground in Uganda, working with Kiva's Field Partner Pearl Microfinance. So, what does it really take to get your $25 to an entrepreneur in rural Africa? Stephanie shows us the obstacles that are overcome in the field to get small loans to those that need them the most.Read Stephanie's full blog post here, and check out the video to see Uganda from the back of a motorbike! Continue Reading >>
Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball has yet again brought us an amazing video sharing his experiences on the ground working with Kiva's Field Partners.Right now Kieran is with one of Kiva's newest partners, TLM, in West Timor. TLM is an abbreviation for Tanaoba Lais Manekat, which translates to "Serve With Love".Meet the TLM crew and learn about the only cashless loan on Kiva - the cow fattening loan - in Kieran's video below.To learn more about Kieran's perspective on the ground with TLM, read his blog here. Continue Reading >>