Jun 14, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Today, Kiva is announcing new features that give you more control over your Kiva Credits.We wish we could hold Kiva Credits for you in your account indefinitely. Because of state laws, however, if you don't use your account for roughly 3-5 years, many states require us to consider your funds as "abandoned property" and turn it over to the relevant state government for safekeeping on your behalf.Of course, it's important to Kiva to comply with relevant state regulations. But, we'd also like to give you — the Kiva lender — control over what happens to your money if your account becomes... Continue Reading >>


Jun 14, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

by Elena Kuehn, KF11 Vietnam

“What a woman! How much energy! Wow…” thoughts that have crossed my mind several times during the last two weeks. I was visiting Fund for Poor Women (FPW) in the Thanh Hoa province and got to know the people working there and could meet many of the Kiva borrowers. It wasn’t easy to arrange these meetings as most FPW clients work in agriculture and leave their houses when the sun rises and work until late at night. They...

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Jun 8, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

We are proud to announce our newest Salvadorean Field Partner, PADECOMSM Credito. PADECOMSM is our second Salvadorean partner on the platform and they have been posting loans on the site since the end of last month. PADECOMSM was formed by 29 local leaders during the Salvadorian civil war in response to the dire lack of government services available in the area. They began by offering social services in several communities and expanded to offer microfinance services in the late 1990s. In 2006 the organization split into two sister organizations becoming PADECOMSM Social and...
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Jun 7, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

By Jeremy Gordon, KF11, KenyaPeople like us can’t get a loan. You have to be a member of a group with an influential person in it—we don’t know anyone like that.” - RamaThe second day I passed him on my way to work, a man on a bright red and chrome boda boda... Continue Reading >>


Jun 7, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Jonathon Stalls and his dog Kanoa will be passing through Kansas City, Missouri this weekend on their KivaWalk...

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Jun 4, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

This blog post was written by Kathy Guis, Field Support Specialist, Francophone Africa.
Training a new Kiva partner’s staff is always exciting, but working with the staff at HOPE Congo, S.A., Kiva’s first partner in the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, has been especially rewarding. This is not only because HOPE Congo has a dedicated, bright, and energetic staff, but because HOPE Congo is a brand-new microfinance organization.

Normally, Kiva develops...

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Jun 3, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

We are very proud to announce that last week our newest partner in Honduras, Familia y Medio Ambiente - FAMA OPDF posted their first loans to Kiva. FAMA is our second Honduran partner to come online and will give us further reach in financing the activities of the working poor in Honduras.

FAMA is headquartered in...

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Jun 3, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

By Elena Kuehn, KF 11, Viet nam

Viet nam is a country bursting of energy, activity and a continuous striving of the people to improve their living standards and enable their children to lead a better life. To achieve this people are willing to work incredibly hard. That makes Vietnam a great place for microfinance activities. And not only are the people ready to take on hard work, there is also a financial growth that rewards the effort. In this atmosphere of growth microfinance provides poor families in this country with the means to participate in this growth...

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Jun 2, 2010

Thanks to the support of our lenders, funders and Field Partners, Kiva continues to grow. If you want to be part of the Kiva team and help us in our mission to alleviate poverty through lending, then consider applying for one of the open positions at Kiva here.

Already have a job? Are you in school? Maybe you want to help out on the side? Kiva relies on hundreds of volunteers to help us fulfill our mission. Learn more about our open volunteer...

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Jun 1, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Yelena Shuster, K11, Azerbaijan

Greetings from Azerbaijan!

It’s been almost two weeks since my arrival. Not surprisingly, my impressions are multifarious. I enjoy the good and blast the bad, all the while trying to understand this country and its contradictions. On the one side is the growing economy, with multiple natural resources, on the other are the many people who do not get to bask in Azerbaijan’s growing wealth. While expensive stores line the streets that lead to the beautiful boardwalk along the Caspian sea, where young chick Azerbaijanis eat ice cream as...

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