May 26, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

If you were going to rate Kiva loans by their potential social impact, what data would you look at? The team behind Kivuntu, came up with an interesting formula combining Kiva data (loan amount, number of borrowers, and duration) with country data (GDP per capita). Through this formula, their website produces a daily ranking of what they consider the 2o highest-impact loans.  This is based on the assumption that the larger the loan with respect to GDP, the greater the business opportunity and cash flow of the business.  They also assume that shorter loans...

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May 26, 2009

Matt Flannery will join Mads Kjaer, Co-Founder and CEO of MYC4, at Silicon Valley Microfinance Network's Speaker Event this evening in San Francisco. Matt and Mads will discuss the hurdles their online peer-to-peer lending platforms have faced as the two young companies have developed over the last few years. The trail-blazing organizations have forced regulators, investors, philanthropists, borrowers, and others to ask new questions as we all form and find the answers together. Come hear from Matt Flannery and Mads Kjaer, ask them questions, and meet others interested in microfinance... Continue Reading >>

May 25, 2009

Didn't think you could change the world just by blogging?  Well, here's your chance, you can help Kiva raise money by simply writing a post about us on your site.

Zemanta, a tool that helps bloggers...

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May 21, 2009, a leading women’s digital media company, has recently launched the “Apps for Good” charitable donation program. LimeLife will donate 10% of the profits it generates from downloads of its iPhone game, Hollywood Hangman, between today and Sunday, June 21st to Kiva!Your download of the iPhone game will help pave the way for women like Amavi Akoete, a Togoan 35-year-old mother of six, to grow her jewelry business or Yen Pham Thi, a 35-year-old mother of two infants, to expand her cattle business. How can you participate in LimeLife’s Apps for Good charitable campaign?

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May 18, 2009

We're upgrading the Kiva database this Thursday to better scale the site. To that end, we've scheduled a maintenance window from 7-9pm Pacific. If you see our maintenance page during that time, don't worry, we'll be back soon! Continue Reading >>

May 18, 2009

I am happy to announce that Kiva will be launching very soon in a new country – Kyrgyzstan. We have been working very hard for the past several months to bring this new partner on board and to expand microfinance further in Central Asia - so this is very exciting news here at Kiva. For those... Continue Reading >>

May 15, 2009

Kiva has been selected as one of the hottest startups of 2009 and will be honored as a TiE50 winner! The competition was fierce with nearly 1,200 highly qualified companies nominated and only ten from each of the five focus segments were selected as winners. Thanks to your votes, Kiva was judged to be an exceptional emerging startup in the Consumer Web focus segment. Thank YOU for helping us...
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May 14, 2009

As you may have noticed, Kiva is growing! In order to keep up with the rapid change of pace, the Kiva Fellows Program has made some adjustments. 
Effective Wednesday, the Kiva Fellows Program has a new online application, which you can see here: The new format does a better job of emphasizing the traits, skills and experiences which make for successful fellowships. These include a clear motivation statement, extensive independent travel experience, language proficiency appropriate to a country in which Kiva works, a...
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May 13, 2009

Kiva recently gained ownership of the official "kiva" name on Twitter, and we want to let people know where they can find us!  To help get the message out, we're launching a campaign this Friday the 15th as part of "Follow Friday."  For those not familiar, "Follow Friday" is a trend on the micro-blogging service Twitter where people recommend other users on Twitter that are worth Following.  We'... Continue Reading >>

May 12, 2009

For those in the SF area, come meet Kiva's newest class of Fellows before they depart to the field next Wednesday night. Open to the extended Kiva community and the local microfinance and social entrepreneurship community. Drinks will be available to purchase. Street level parking is available. See here for party details. Continue Reading >>