You've built it, now how can we get people using it? You may have seen the new App Gallery, which launched on Tuesday. This is a good way for Kiva.org users to find useful tools. And in just a few weeks, we'll be linking to the App Gallery from the homepage. When we find a cool app, we tweet, facebook, and blog our hearts out. But what else can Kiva do to support and advertise these great apps? We'd love to hear your ideas.Continue Reading >>
Kiva has just wrapped its press tour to announce the US pilot! We've had an incredible few days which included interviews on Good Morning America, ABC World News with Charles Gibson, the BBC, Marketplace, ABC Radio, FOXBusiness.com and many many more!!!!We've been incredibly excited to see the response on the website - we've had thousands of new lenders register and an exciting increase in loans funded. Here are some fun pics from our trip to New York:Good Morning America:XM Satellite Radio:Marketplace from American Public Media: Continue Reading >>
Woohoo! We just saw our segment on Good Morning America! Thanks to everyone who played a part in this - volunteers, fellows, employees, and especially our lenders! What an exciting time in Kiva history! Continue Reading >>
A few words from Maria Shriver....
"Some days you just wake up with a feeling. There’s no explaining it, you just know that this day will be different. Not sure how, but different. In March of 2008, I had one of those days. I was in San Francisco that morning, looking through some notes for an event I had in the afternoon. The Women’s Conference was getting ready to launch WE Invest, one of our programs...Continue Reading >>
Today Kiva got a little closer to its mission of connecting people around the world for the sake of alleviating poverty. Starting today, lenders can make loans to microentrepreneurs in the US.
When Kiva first started, it focused on lending to entrepreneurs in Africa. In the last 4 years we have expanded to many more regions around the world, focusing in developing nations. However, our desire has always been to be a truly global organization, and to allow...Continue Reading >>
Kiva Data is a handy set of charts taking a macro look at Kiva's micro loans. A look at the heat map of loans by country reveal that Peru and Cambodia have the highest amount of loans, with 11,814 and 10,569 respectively. Kiva Data also looks at top uses for loans, analyzing free-text of borrower profiles. Among top phrases, TO BUY A COW appears 136 times. And 109 borrowers will "USE THE MONEY TO DIVERSIFY AND EXPAND MY BUSINESS". Other interesting charts are Borrower Gender, Minutes Between Posted Date & Funded Date, Loan Size, and more. I got a chance to speak...Continue Reading >>
Mark your calendars, schedule your DVR, and tell everyone you know. Kiva will be on Good Morning America TOMORROW morning, Wednesday, June 10th. Make sure you tune in to watch the Kiva segment in the second hour (starting at 8am) and the follow up on ABC World News tomorrow night. To find out when Good Morning America and ABC World News air in your area, check your local TV guide.
Kiva + (a tool from Ahkun) lets you track individual loans, or your entire loan profile in new ways. For example, by typing in the Kiva Loan ID here, you're able to see a graph comparing Expected vs. Actual Payments of a particular loan: Similarly, entering your Lender ID displays loans by list or pie chart. We got a chance to talk to Sanjaya Punyaesena, developer of this tool. Sanjaya is a former Kiva Fellow, who currently works for a Kiva Field Partner. Tell us about yourself...Continue Reading >>