Apr 26, 2008

Last week, Matt and Premal visited Philadelphia, PA to share some magical moments in Kiva’s history. Upon arrival, the three of us had a warm visit with executives at Advanta headquarters in anticipation for the ‘big night’. Hours later, we arrived at the official KivaB4B Launch Party in Center City hosted by Advanta. The celebration included international / world-class entertainment from a classical BharataNatyam... Continue Reading >>

Apr 15, 2008

Ok, that title's pretty cheesy given what this post is about, but oh well. Basically, a little while ago, Jeremy (one of our engineers) found himself in the happy situation of having some Kiva Credit to spend. So, he made his way to the Kiva Lend page, ready to loan. When he got there, though, he found himself squinting at the pictures of the entrepreneurs because they're so small. That's when his ingenuity kicked in and he decided to make the pictures a lot bigger. (Get it, "The Bigger Picture"?) Anyway, the release with the bigger pictures should go live later this week. We think you'll... Continue Reading >>

Apr 9, 2008

Congratulations Kiva!We've been announced an Official Honoree for the Best Practices category in The 12th Annual Webby Awards, and nominated for the Charitable Organizations / Non-Profit category.We're honored to be recognized by the Webby Awards, and looking forward to finding out the winners!(Props to all Kiva engineers for working so hard on the website!) Continue Reading >>

Apr 1, 2008

Starting this week, Kiva will be sending out monthly reminders to all of you who have Kiva Credit sitting in your accounts. There are a few ways you can receive Kiva Credit; the most common are when a borrower fully repays her loan or someone gives you a Kiva gift certificate. Needless to say, unused Kiva Credit is money that isn't useful to anyone -- it's neither being used to lend to more entrepreneurs nor is it being used by the account holder for anything else. For more on this, see Matt's blog post at the beginning of March. Through reminding people to use their Kiva Credit, we can... Continue Reading >>

Mar 20, 2008

Come to the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco Monday night to see the hilarious Yayne Abeba, Clark Taylor, Nico Santos, Ali Wong and more.Tickets proceeds from this show benefit Kiva.org - what better way to feel good (and start the work week.)She show starts at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:00pm. Punch Line Comedy Club is at 444 Battery Street, San Francisco.For more info call: 415.397.4337You'll even see some Kiva staff there! Continue Reading >>

Mar 18, 2008

Hi there,We’re getting ready to roll out another release later this week, and we just wanted to send out a heads up before our new features hit the shelves.One thing we’ve been pushing pretty hard lately is invitations. We need people to invite their friends/families/anyone they think would be interested in lending on Kiva so that we can get more entrepreneurs funded. So, we’ve done a couple things in this release:
  • Changed the “Thanks for Lending” page to emphasize inviting your friends as a next step. We’ve also included a contact importer here to make it easier to send out to people in...
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    Mar 15, 2008

    2007 has marked the year of many new and beautiful relationships for Kiva. One relationship in particular that is very near and dear to my heart out here in Philadelphia has been with the folks at Halloran Philanthropies. The newly formed foundation has not only supported Kiva's organizational growth, but has gone full-force in supporting a number of institutions in the microfinance space, globally.0n Friday, April 18th, Kiva.org and Halloran Philanthropies will be hosting a... Continue Reading >>

    Mar 12, 2008

    Guess who dropped by the office yesterday?None other than CA First Lady Maria Shriver, who came by to visit and say "Hi" to the Kiva team! Maria was in town to launch WE Invest, a Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, in Oakland. We were really honored to meet The First Lady, and that she gave some time out of her day to meet the Kiva team. Come again anytime!Check out the pic! Continue Reading >>

    Mar 11, 2008

    March 15* 1:30 PM, Empire Landmark Hotel, "Bridging The Gap" conference* 7:30 PM, Shenanigans, Meet-Up with lenders and volunteersThis Saturday, I'm going to be talking about Kiva at the "Bridging The Gap" conference in Vancouver sponsored by the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. This is my first public speaking appearance on behalf of Kiva, and to be honest, I'm a little nervous about it. Not so much about running out of things to say (as my friends can attest, I can go on and on and on about Kiva...), but rather, keeping the whole room full of people engaged and interested.... Continue Reading >>

    Mar 7, 2008

    Towards the end of last year, Kiva decided to allow partners to post loans for groups of borrowers in addition to individual borrowers. The main reason we decided to move forward with this is that it represents a truer picture of what’s happening on the ground since many borrowers actually borrow in groups. It also allows our microfinance field partners to more efficiently seek funding for larger numbers of entrepreneurs – before, they would be supporting groups of borrowers but would have to enter them one by one into the Kiva system. That said, we didn’t do a great job of explaining group... Continue Reading >>