Stories from Kiva Headquarters
Last week we previewed a few of the ways we are turning your feedback into changes on our site and today we are happy to announce: the new Kiva.org is live!
The redesign is the... Continue Reading >>
This story was written by Jenny Inglee/Takepart - and originally published by Takepart on March 7, 2011 - View here
Many women in Rwanda, Colombia and Cambodia face two choices: Accept a life in poverty, or strive for a brighter future. Merlys, Francoise and Lun chose the brighter future.
Hoping of building businesses, the fledgling entrepreneurs reached out to Kiva lenders and received... Continue Reading >>
Over the years, we’ve collected an enormous amount of feedback from our users, partners, and friends about how we can make Kiva’s website a better place to engage with our lenders. Today we’re pleased to give you a preview into how we’re translating that feedback into action.
Next week, we’ll be rolling out a new and improved kiva.org. This redesign is the result of thousands of hours of consultation... Continue Reading >>
At Kiva, our development process is based on Scrum - with work broken into two week Sprints (we call them "Iterations"). We're good students of Scrum in some regards (we do release every two weeks, without fail), and bad students of Scrum in others (it seems like we still bite off more than we can chew in each iteration). Like most Scrum teams, the center of our universe is our ticket tracking system. We use Redmine - albeit a rather customized version. We've put quite a bit of time and effort into our ticket tracking system - so we thought we'd give you a tour.Redmine Home Page... Continue Reading >>
At Kiva, we tend to attract and hire engineers with a strong creative, entrepreneurial streak. This aligns well with Kiva’s office culture - and with our overall mission - an innovative, technology-driven approach to alleviating poverty. However, as the team grows and we become more specialized in an effort to become more efficient, sometimes our day to day work doesn’t always give us an outlet for our creative sides. After a long project involving concepts like currency exchange loss, it’s easy to feel like you spend your entire working life chasing a few misbehaving...Continue Reading >>
by JD Bergeron, Kiva's Senior Director of Social Performance
Kiva represents more than a half million lenders who have made loans to help alleviate poverty.
We've gotten a number of questions from our lenders recently, asking what Kiva is doing to make sure that loans made through our field partners are helping have a positive impact on borrowers’ lives.
Towards that end, we thought we’d share an update on how Kiva is directing its resources to help promote responsible microfinance together with... Continue Reading >>