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 >>

May 11, 2009

I started with Kiva about eight months ago, and as the new IT guy I decided to put in place a new backup and monitoring regime for our users. We decided to go with JungleDisk, and we’re super happy with it. Also, we approached JungleDisk with our cause and they wanted to support us.If you don't know Jungledisk is, it's an online backup solution - you install the JungleDisk workgroup app, and it backs up your computer to disk space you rent online (in our case at Amazon S3).Overall, we're super happy with JungleDisk. When I see my backup report in the morning, I don't have to care where my... Continue Reading >>

May 7, 2009

Nau, a natural clothing company and Kiva supporter, had a promotional party last week in New York City. Two Kiva Fellows attended the event, held at PR firm Mfa, and got to see firsthand how Kiva camaraderie can inspire a workplace.
Check out their Kiva map - A good idea for every office!
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May 7, 2009

Join the Kiva Community in San Francisco on May 23rd! The Go Game is an all-out urban adventure game using cell phones and flip cameras. Out teams will compete by following clues on wireless devices and hints planted in unlikely places, which guide teams to wacky missions. This game is the "Kiva FUNdraiser Movie Game." Teams will create a short movie as part of their missions.100% of the registration fees ($30) will benefit the Kiva Fellows Program to help train our volunteer Kiva Fellows who spend 10 weeks to 1... Continue Reading >>

May 5, 2009

Phun Them is a silk weaver in Cambodia, who is currently repaying a $400 loan to purchase silk. Recently, she was shown the the business page for her loan and the lender profiles for the lenders who contributed to her loan. Watch the video below!!This video was created by Advanta's Kiva B4B program. The Kiva B4B program matches loans made to Kiva entrepreneurs using... Continue Reading >>