Apr 3, 2009

Last fall, we posted a blog on Kiva's participation in a few Consumer Protection Initiatives that have started to emerge in the microfinance industry. Organizations involved in microfinance at all levels are now increasingly paying attention to the clients (a.k.a., borrowers, clients, customers, entrepreneurs).A Microfinance industry-wide Campaign for Client Protection... ... is expected to launch in mid-2009. The Campaign is an ambitious three-year initiative that aims to ensure that providers of... Continue Reading >>

Mar 31, 2009

We're excited to announce the roll-out of a new display for entrepreneur repayment schedules. The new display lives towards the bottom of entrepreneur profile pages and has a few improvements over our old display:
  • It shows Expected vs. Actual Repayments to the lenders (including when to expect these payments by)
  • There's now a clear indication of whether a loan is Delinquent. You can hit "Show Advanced" to see whether the loan is delinquent because the entrepreneur hasn't paid yet or because the Field Partner hasn't paid yet. In other words, this is a high level explanation for why...
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    Mar 31, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

    In 10 days we're holding the first open event for Kiva Developers!  Nothing too formal, we're just opening up the Kiva offices for friends and developers to meet-up, chat, and hang out.  We'll have drinks and snacks on hand, all starting at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 9:


    It would be great to have people showing off and taking about the applications they've been building, so if you're in the area, please drop by! It's a great chance to collaborate with others and hear from folks in person who've been using your apps....

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    Mar 26, 2009

    Is Braudelina Florentino the oldest entrepreneur on Kiva? She's 83 and has a home candy business! Continue Reading >>

    Mar 25, 2009

    Kiva staff are just as addicted to the stories on Kiva as lenders are, and love to email around some of their favorite entrepreneur stories to the office. Today's favorites:Khean TolLeonel Sicay Raxtun: Continue Reading >>

    Mar 25, 2009

    Matt, Premal and Bennett are in London this week for the Skoll World Forum and they've decided to host a Kiva awareness party!! 
    Come join them this Friday night at 8pm at the Aragon House to help celebrate!  Please help spread the word to friends and family in the area and see here for more event details.  
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    Mar 20, 2009

    As a Kiva fan who happens to live ten blocks from the office in San Francisco, I've had the pleasure of volunteering with Kiva's Customer Service team for the past few months through Kiva's in-office internship program.In this role, I correspond with lenders all over the world, and I've often found myself curious about the geographic breakdown of Kiva's lenders, so I spent some time reviewing our reach this week and thought I'd share what I found.Given Kiva's roots in California, it was no surprise to me that lenders in the U.S. still generate the large majority of the transactions on the... Continue Reading >>

    Mar 19, 2009

    Kiva was recently featured in the UB Post, a Mongolian national independent English weekly newspaper. It's an interesting article about Kiva's partnership with Xac Bank, and it's also cool to see Kiva in Mongolian press!Check out the article here. Continue Reading >>

    Mar 19, 2009

    Yesterday we released a new version of Kiva. Here's what we updated:
    • Video Journals - It's now possible to get a video update of an entrepreneur you've supported.
    • Fixed the "Reloan" button on "My Portfolio"
    • Updates to our API
    • Lots and lots of fun back-end fixes!
    Look for another update in two weeks.
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    Mar 19, 2009

    The Kiva co-sponsored Microfinance, CA conference is fast approaching, don’t forget to check it out and get your tickets early!


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