May 21, 2007

Congratulations! has received a $345,000 grant, to be distributed over 2 years, to fund's due diligence program.The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 "to help people help themselves through the practical applications of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations." To achieve the greatest impact, the Foundation targets its grants toward specific areas. These include: health; food systems and rural development; youth and education; and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these areas, attention is given to... Continue Reading >>

May 17, 2007

We received an email today from the Chairman of our Field Partner in Iraq, Al Aman Center, which included a message to share with all Kiva Lenders:Once again on behalf of Al man and Krikuk people, I would like to express our profound appreciation to those individuals who are lending to make a difference in the life of poor people here in Iraq. These people went through wars and hardship, now they are free and all they want is push and a chance. Together I think we can help to give them this push for them to have normal life and hope. A push and a chance. Continue Reading >>

May 16, 2007

Are you going to be in New York this Friday, May 18th? Then support WEdia - and - at a guaranteed amazing time at Southpaw.WEdia is a non-profit media company committed to giving a voice to the world's poor and marginalized populations. They match professional media volunteers with relief organizations and other NGOs to document ignored, forgotten and under-reported stories.This summer, WEdia will send award-winning volunteer filmmakers to visit some of's partners in Central America to capture the stories of entrepreneurs on video. This will be very exciting to... Continue Reading >>

May 15, 2007 recently celebrated its second celebrity fundraiser last weekend at a sweet little soiree hosted at Entourage star Adrian Grenier's house. Kevin Connolly (Entourage) and Willie Garson (Sex and the City) were also present, along with some of the team and a crowd of fun people.The event was inspired by Grenier's book club that recently finished reading "The End of Poverty." Motivated to make a difference, they decided to throw a "Fund Rager" and raise money for to everyone who went along and contributed to the donation which we are very grateful for. Most of... Continue Reading >>

May 14, 2007

If you haven't been following Agents of Change - you should be!Agents of Change are a Canadian non-profit group currently riding their way from Vancouver to Tijuana to raise money for Mexican entrepreneurs through 25 riders (and their support crew) will be arriving in San Francisco on Friday May 25th, where they''ll be joining the San Francisco Critical Mass ride to celebrate their arrival. After a much needed rest day they'll then be leading a mass ride through San Francisco on Sunday May 27th before joining the San Francisco Kiva Community at a get-together at Fell St. and... Continue Reading >>

May 11, 2007

Congratulations to the first Kiva Lenders to loan to Iraq!The first nine loans to Iraqi entrepreneurs have been posted to, and were all funded within hours! The Kiva Field Partner in Iraq has told us how excited they were to see the loans funded so quickly, and how encouraging it is for them to see the public showing such support for these small business owners.The Iraqi loans are the first on the website for which the identity of each borrower cannot be revealed. As the security situation in the location of these borrowers is extremely volatile, is ensuring that... Continue Reading >>

May 8, 2007

Please join us at one SF's hottest cocktail destinations to drink, chat, and be merry, while supporting!

Where: The Vessel 85 Campton Place, San FranciscoWhen: Tonight! Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pmA $10 suggested donation will be going toward's operational costs.Come along, bring your friends and meet other fans and enthusiasts.See you there! Continue Reading >>

May 7, 2007 has just passed the $6 million mark (loaned) - and to celebrate we've released our new website design today. The differences are subtle, but we've added some navigational features and generally made the site look a little more snappy. Thanks to our designers for their focus on lines and white space!Enjoy! Continue Reading >>

May 2, 2007

We are incredibly saddened to receive news of the passing of Jedidah Waigwa (pictured above with Matt Flannery, September 2006) on Saturday, April 28th. Jedidah passed away after having a heart attack.As Executive Director of Women's Economic Empowerment Consort (WEEC), Jedidah was instrumental to establishing's partnership with WEEC - our first Kenyan Field Partner - in early 2006. Her professionalism, commitment and strong social mission were an asset to both WEEC and thoughts are with Jedidah's family during this time, and the many people she affected in her life... Continue Reading >>

Apr 30, 2007

Join us in Second Life today at noon for a meet-up.To get to the Kiva Virtual Office use this SLURL once you're in Second Life: to Second Life's Linkz Marketing for building and supporting the Kiva Virtual Office. Continue Reading >>