May 28, 2008

Last month in April, Kiva and Advanta Bank, one of the nation's largest issuers of credit cards to the small business market, formally announced the launch of the KivaB4B Project with a beautiful party in downtown Philadelphia. KivaB4B is a joint initiative between two unique organizations supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners. The program is simple. Advanta empowers its cardholders (well over one million) to 'double the impact' of their Kiva loans. Anytime a lender uses their Advanta credit card (or the new KivaB4B card) to make a grant, Advanta will match it - dollar for... Continue Reading >>

May 27, 2008

We're rolling out a release that the Kiva team is very excited about this week, and we hope it will excite you, too. I'll list the highlights:
  • Blended Payments: Lenders can now pay using a combination of their Kiva Credit and a PayPal transaction. In the past, you could only really use one or the other (so if your transaction amount exceeded your Kiva Credit, you couldn't really use your Kiva Credit). That's fixed now. While fixing it, we made some changes to clean up the overall checkout flow.
  • We made some changes to our "Pay the Rent" page during the checkout flow to make it...
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May 22, 2008

Kiva Fellow Drew Kinder, who has been working with BRAC Uganda, was recently visited in Uganda by his daughter, Molly. Molly wrote a fascinating blog about her experience visiting her father in Uganda and seeing microfinance first-hand. Check it out! Continue Reading >>

May 22, 2008

Kiva Lenders are currently funding 2070 entrepreneurs who received Kiva loans through South Pacific Business Development.Samoa has 214,000 people: Kiva Lenders are currently funding 1% of the people in an entire nation! Continue Reading >>

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 >>