Stories from Kiva Headquarters
On Monday Nov 15th, in an effort to better conform to industry standards, Kiva will be changing the definition of "Delinquency Rate" appearing on www.kiva.org site and in the /partner section of the API. Please refer to the Kiva blog for more detailed information come Monday.Continue Reading >>
If you're an avid Twitter user, you may have already noticed Kiva loans popping up in your timeline. So now even Twitter's using the Kiva API? Sorta… we actually created a new web service just for our friends across SoMA, but it's based on an open standard that anyone can use. It's called oEmbed and it looks like this: http://www.kiva.org/services/oembed?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kiva.org%2Flend%2F99871&format=jsonPass in any Kiva URL and we'll return an embeddable object (HTML, image, etc.) if it's available. You can detect if a page is embeddable by checking for a LINK tag in the HEAD...Continue Reading >>
As Kiva celebrates its fifth birthday, we are very proud to have been ranked 6th by Philanthropedia in a listing of the most effective organizations working on international microfinance. The list was devised from the voting and analysis of 131 microfinance experts from around the globe.
At the young age of five, Kiva is honored to be cited alongside industry powerhouses including ACCION International, Grameen Foundation and BRAC.
The study commends Kiva for its ability to engage the public in microfinance, its innovative approach and the rapid impact. Furthermore, we... Continue Reading >>
As we have been celebrating our 5th Birthday this month, we have been asking the community to tell us how Kiva has impacted their lives! We have seen growth as an organization that we could have never dreamed of 5 years ago, and would like to thank all of you for taking this journey with us!
We asked our followers, via Facebook, “ In honor of our 5th Birthday: Share 5 words with us that describe how you feel...Continue Reading >>
Long-time Kiva Field Partner Fundación Paraguaya recently posted its first water loan as part of a pilot project called Ikatu Agua (“Ikatu” means “we can” in Guaraní, the indigenous language of Paraguay). With the support of Kiva, ...Continue Reading >>
Many of us have read about severe flooding in the West Africa in the news recently. Annual flooding is a norm this region, but this year’s floods have been severe, causing hundreds of deaths and leaving 100,000 people homeless across Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger and other nations. This flooding is part of a pattern of floods that have taken lives and homes all across West Africa in recent months—the United Nations estimated 421 dead and 1.7 million displaced in West and Central Africa since June.
We were relieved to learn that the staff of Kiva’s Beninois field partner Alidé, which... Continue Reading >>
Yes, it's been way too long since we've posted to the blog - and along the way a lot of cool new apps have popped up, including a re-launch of Kivabank.org and the reincarnation of one of our first projects from the Kiva Developer Garage as a French front door to Kiva, Kiva en Français. However, it took this great video (posted first to the Kiva blog) to get me off my haunches for a new post. Check out this awesome preview to the new Partner API starring Zvi, Chris, and our Mexico partner CrediComun:You'll be seeing more updates soon (both here...Continue Reading >>