Aug 26, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

In his last post on his blog on the Skoll Foundation's Social Edge, Matt Flannery talked about his experiment with Twitter. After a few successful months, he decided to continue the experiment. While he will pop in from time to time, while he's away we have new voices to tell Kiva's unfolding story.

Kiva has been very fortunate to draw a diverse pool of volunteer Kiva Fellows who fulfill Kiva's mission in places around the globe. Whether a language student with extensive experience living in the developing world, a young professional in the financial or technology sector, or a career...

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Aug 25, 2009

Kiva's most recent Go Game event in London was a huge success!  I spoke with Kieran Ball, a former Kiva Fellow, and here's what he had to say: 
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Aug 18, 2009

Just a reminder that our monthly Community Conference Call is tomorrow. Details below:After last month's format, we'll be returning to a regular Q&A format for the August Community Conference Call. This time, all you have to do is dial in to our conference line to attend the call.
When: The call is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19th at 2 pm US Pacific time.
Dial in US: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6415483
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Aug 14, 2009

Kivas Community Outreach Team is thrilled to announce the recent release of the ...

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Aug 14, 2009

A very important element of Kiva is the interest rate paid by entrepreneurs to the Field Partners who facilitate each loan.Recap on Interest RatesIf you're new to Kiva, let us break it down for you like this: 1. When you make a loan to a Kiva entrepreneur, 100% of your loan funds are received by Kiva. 2. Kiva then passes 100% of your loan funds to the Field Partner (microfinance institution on the ground that Kiva has partnered with) 3. The Field Partner passes 100% of your loan funds on to the entrepreneur 4. When the entrepreneur repays the loan, the... Continue Reading >>


Aug 11, 2009

One word you’ll constantly hear around the Kiva office is “efficiency.” It’s a key theme at Kiva because the more efficient we can be, the more loans can get funded on the website, and the more we can achieve our social mission.

We’re going to try an experiment in the coming weeks: we’ll be allowing some loan requests to be posted to the website without an English translation.

How does this help Kiva be more efficient?...

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Aug 11, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

The Latin American portfolio team is delighted to welcome Edpyme Alternativa to the Kiva family!! Operating out of the northern city of Chiclayo in Peru, Edpyme Alternativa is a regulated organization that has been working in the region for over 8 years. Their mission is to "Improve the living condition of its borrowers by supporting their entrepreneurial activities, generating employment in the... Continue Reading >>


Aug 11, 2009

Want to help redesign a website?  Looking for a way to put those engineering skills to use?  Need to channel some creative energy?  We have just the opportunity for you!
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Aug 11, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

One sunny day this July we had the pleasure of welcoming the Lending Team Captains of Kakbank (Swedish for “Cookie Bank”) into our San Francisco Office!  Peter and his team members meet up once a month at over 14 different locations, mostly in Sweden, to share cookies and Kiva loans!  While enjoying their favorite treats, group members pool together their money and decide as a team which entrepreneurs to support through Kiva loans. 

Be sure to check out their lending team and visit their website to find out more, or to...

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Aug 10, 2009

Last week, at long last, Kiva launched in Armenia with our first new partner in the country: Nor Horizon Universal Credit Organization. The first loan for Gohar Alikhanyan, a 49-year old widow who runs a fruit stand in the capital city, was funded within hours. More loans from Nor Horizon will be up on the site very soon, keep checking back on the site!To tell you a little bit about Nor Horizon, the organization was originally founded by OXFAM Great Britain. The organization's mission is to provide high-quality business development services to enterprising individuals and small-scale... Continue Reading >>


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