Stories from Kiva Headquarters
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 >>
2010 was a year of growth for Kiva Engineering. We started the year with 8 full time engineers (and 2 managers) and ended the year with 14 engineers - a growth rate of 75%. We also kicked off 2010 with a switch to a new ticket tracking system (Redmine), that allowed us to more accurately track exactly what we've been up to. Let's take a look shall we.... Kiva Engineering is an Agile shop, operating roughly on a traditional Scrum model with two week Sprints (we call them "iterations"). We use "tickets" to track both defects in the existing product, as well as...Continue Reading >>
The engineering team at Kiva is going through the process of examining the rich set of technologies available for improving user experiences on Kiva's website. One such technology is the CSS grid. I recently spent some time evaluating and reading up on some of the different options that are out there, ultimately whittling down to 4 CSS grids that seemed to represent a good spectrum of what grids have to offer.
- Do not expect to use any of...
Transcapital Company, Ltd. was established in March 2001 as the first privately-operated non-bank financial institution (NBFI) in microfinance and has met regulatory criteria of the Bank of Mongolia and Financial Regulatory Commission of Mongolia.
Altanzul, the Chief Executive Officer said, “Transcapital is privileged to work with Kiva under a common goal, to alleviate poverty in Mongolia. Since NBFIs in Mongolia do not take deposits or savings, microfinance institutions, such as Transcapital, have limited funding to provide microloans. Being a Kiva field partner, we... Continue Reading >>
Kimberly Friedland, Review and Translation Program Intern