Sep 30, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is thrilled to welcome a new microfinance partner from Sierra Leone to the website, the Association for Rural Development (ARD). ARD is an indigenous Sierra Leonean microfinance institution registered as an NGO and begun in 1986 as a multi-sectoral NGO. The organization has an outstanding loan portfolio of Le 3,667,545,109 ($1,220,485) as of end-FY2008 and a client base of 12,666 active borrowers. Since mid-FY2007, ARD has maintained extraordinarily strong PAR30 (delinquency) figures with low writeoffs driven by a strong credit methodology. Their current branch network includes... Continue Reading >>

Sep 30, 2009

As many of you may be aware, the Philippines experienced severe flooding a few days ago as a result of Typhoon Ondoy. CNN has reported the story here.Kiva has 8 active Field Partners in the Philippines, two of which have headquarters in Manila, which was severely affected by the flooding. These two Field Partners are Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (CCT) and Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI). Obviously we are greatly concerned for the wellbeing of the staff of our Field Partner, the entrepreneurs they have been serving and the millions of Filipinos in the area.So far, we... Continue Reading >>

Sep 30, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Hi everyone,

First, my name is Dan and I’m a volunteer at Kiva. Over the past two months, I’ve been helping analyze a number of different things from lender behavior to loan and portfolio information.

On Monday’s community call, we discussed the large number of loans which were approaching their expiration date. Out of curiosity, I ran some quick numbers to take a look at loan funding behavior over time (see the slides below).


  • More loans are approaching expiration than we have previously seen as of the 29th of...
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Sep 29, 2009

Every year, Sabre Holdings/Travelocity hosts a global Give Together week to encourage employees to be a force of positive change in the communities where they live and work.  Since its inception in 2000, the Give Together program has raised $12 million USD through employee contributions, fundraisers, and corporate matching.  Sabre offices all over the world will host a variety of activities and...
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Sep 29, 2009

Over the last year we have all been hearing about the impact of the recession around the globe.  It does not just affect big retailers and multinational corporations, but also small retailers working with producer communities and artisans.  Some of these retailers are cancelling orders, resulting in an inventory build up for many fair trade producer groups.  Last year, our friends Priya Haji and Robert Chatwani launched, an online, ...

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Sep 28, 2009

Just a quick reminder that we'll be holding our monthly community conference call today - Monday September 28th.
We'd like to answer any questions you have and spend some time discussing our upcoming feature -Auto Lending. For more information about Auto Lending, click here.
When: The call is scheduled for Monday, September 28th at 4 pm US Pacific time/7 pm US Eastern time.
Dial in US: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6415483
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Sep 25, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We'll be performing maintenance on the site this Saturday, starting at 11pm PST. We should be done by 3am PST but hopefully sooner. Thanks for your patience! Continue Reading >>

Sep 24, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva's new partner in Kenya, KADET, was recently interviewed by the Daily Nation (the most read daily newspaper in Kenya) about Kiva and mobile banking (click here to read the article). In addition to using technology to bridge connections between lenders and borrowers, KADET is exploring ways of allowing clients to repay loans via their cell phones, greatly reducing the costs to obtain a loan. To lend to a borrower working with KADET, click here. Continue Reading >>

Sep 23, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Have you ever wanted to lend to a Kenyan with an agricultural business, but every time you checked Kiva you seemed to have just missed the new loans posted from Kenya?Have you ever left your repaid Kiva credit unused in your account for months at a time because you couldn’t find the loan you wanted?One of your most requested features has been a way to lend automatically to specific types of loans, without having to search Kiva. Today, we’re very proud to announce the upcoming launch of Kiva’s newest feature: Auto Lending, which has been designed to let you:
  • Automatically make the loans...
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Sep 18, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

The 2010 Kiva Calendar is now available for pre-order!The Kiva Calendar is a calendar that is fully designed and created by the KivaFriends community, and features Kiva Entrepreneurs as well as quotes from Kiva Lenders and Fellows. In short - it's made by the community - for the community!!The Kiva Calendar has sold out in the past, so get your orders in early to make sure you get one. (They've definitely become hot property in the Kiva HQ office when there were none left for purchase!)Right now, pre-orders are being accepted for calendar 10 packs,... Continue Reading >>