Jul 15, 2009

Thank you to all those who joined the Community Conference Call today. We had approximately 80 people participating, and heard directly from 16 lenders who shared their thoughts and comments on the call.There were many different thoughts that were shared. In summary, they included:
  • Lenders should choose - Kiva is a conduit from the lenders to borrowers. Kiva should not be forced to choose the level of poverty lenders lend to.
  • The idea that US entrepreneurs cannot benefit from small loans is wrong.
  • Lenders should vote with their dollars, Kiva should not play a...
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Jul 14, 2009

At Kiva, we have the luxury of having the support of some of the most innovative businesses around the world. One of those businesses, Nau, a supporter of Kiva via their Partners for Change program, is announcing a new initiative - their first annual Grant for Change.
Nau will be giving away a $10,000 grant designed to support individuals who instigate lasting, positive change in their communities. The grant is nomination-based, and voter-driven, which means you get to shape who will win the prize. Maybe this means you nominate yourself, or maybe it means you nominate your...
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Jul 14, 2009

Back in May, an organization Social Designer, which curates and creates smart products that tune into the greater good, held a t-shirt design competition where the winning design would be sold and 20% of the proceeds would go to support Kiva.
Well, the contest is over and a winner has been named! Check it out here.
Big thanks go out to socialdesigner.com for choosing Kiva to benefit from this contest! For more information, visit www.socialdesigner.com.
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Jul 14, 2009

Every month, Kiva holds a Community Conference call to discuss what's happening on Kiva as well as what's on our lenders' minds. Below is a recording of the call that we conducted on June 17, 2009.
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Jul 14, 2009

Kiva Fellow Sarah Forbes recently facilitated a shoot in Tanzaniza for a BBC documentary series that includes Kiva. The shoot involved interviews with Kiva Entrepreneurs at Tujijenge. She wrote about her experience:

You can never quite be sure what requests you might receive as a Kiva Fellow, and the call I received from Kiva's Public Relations Director, Fiona Ramsey, was one of theose unexpected requests. She let me know that the BBC was putting together a television series on social enterprise, that...

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Jul 13, 2009

A friendly reminder that on Wednesday, we'll be having our July Community Conference call.
We'll be giving a short presentation, then we'll listen to your feedback on the Kiva US Pilot. We are expecting a high number of participants to join this...
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Jul 12, 2009

Dear Lenders --With the signing of Kiva's 8th partner in the Philippines, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for making our expansion into the country possible. In the past 9 months since the first Filipino loan was posted to Kiva, you all have lent over $1 million USD to support Filipino microentrepreneurs. It is because of your support that Kiva has been able to expand so quickly in the country to support the working poor. On behalf of our Filipino partners... Continue Reading >>


Jul 12, 2009

Dear Lenders --I am happy to announce that Kiva has signed on our 6th, 7th... Continue Reading >>


Jul 10, 2009

"Business success is often a mystery. Very often, luck is a big part of it. Often it's skill. Sometimes it's just plain sweat and perseverance. Micro-entrepreneurs are no different, and while we can sometimes guess at why one entrepreneur can be so successful as to expand their business and hire employees whereas others do not, often, it's simply a mystery.When I first met Adora Fajiculay I'd I'd invited myself into her workspace after seeing the most fantastic gown on display there. I learned she made the dress from pandan palm, for a beauty... Continue Reading >>


Jul 10, 2009

“I want the Kiva lenders to know that I only borrow what I need, not what I can.”These words really took me by surprise, when I visited Kiva Enterpreneur Borya Enhbat a few weeks ago. Of all the messages he could have asked me to pass on to Kiva Lenders, this was most important to him.At first I wondered if this comment came from his feeling apologetic to Kiva Lenders for needing to borrow their money, and wanting to make sure that they knew it was an act of necessity, not luxury.But as I got to know him better, I realized that this wasn’t about his feelings towards the Kiva Lenders. This... Continue Reading >>


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