Apr 22, 2010

Coming soon to Kiva's Lend tab: loans to purchase solar lanterns in the Philippines!
In celebration of Earth Day, Kiva is happy to announce that field partner "Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) is in the process of rolling out a pilot program to distribute solar lanterns to its clients. It costs about $70 USD and the loan cycle is either one or two years. How do solar lanterns serve the triple bottom line? I’m glad you asked."
Click here to read more of Kiva Fellow Josh Weinstein's blog post "Solar Energy in...
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Apr 20, 2010

You love Facebook, and you love Kiva. Well, now you can enjoy what you love about Facebook, on the Kiva website!Kiva has integrated some new Facebook Social Plugins into the website, to make your Kiva experience even more personalized and social.• "Like" it - Love it!You've used the "Like" button on Facebook to tell your friend you liked their picture or status update. Now you can "Like" Kiva businesses, and see which businesses your friends "Like"!• Activity Feeds on Kiva!The new Activity Feed on the Kiva homepage keeps you up-to-date with your Facebook friends on Kiva, and shares... Continue Reading >>

Apr 16, 2010

Here are Kiva's Daily Quotes from this week. Enjoy!Monday: "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier." -Mother Teresa*Thank you to Facebook Fan, Aline Bertolucci, for sharing this quote.Tuesday: "A life without cause is a life without effect."-UnknownWednesday: "Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve."-Marianne WilliamsonThursday: "... Continue Reading >>

Apr 15, 2010

To all members of the Kiva community,The Twitter "Double Points Days" for the Sam's Club Giving Made Simple competition will take place on Friday, April 16th and Friday, April 30th. This is a wonderful opportunity for ALL members of our community to help Kiva win a $1 million grant from Sam's Club.If Kiva receives the highest number of contest-related tweets on Friday, April 16th and/or Friday, April 30th, all Sam's Club member votes casted for Kiva that day will be doubled!When do the Double Points Days take place?... Continue Reading >>

Apr 15, 2010

Hi Kiva Community,

We're writing in response to the recent New York Times article, "Big Banks Draw Profits From Microloans to Poor" by Neil MacFarquhar. If you haven't read it, you can find it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/world/14microfinance.htmlThe article brings up valid concerns regarding microfinance institutions (MFIs) and the dangers of commercialization. We share... Continue Reading >>

Apr 14, 2010

Jonathon Stalls will passing through Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend on his KivaWalk across the country. Join him and other Kiva lenders for an informal get-together this Sunday!WHEN: Sunday, April 18th 5 PM-8 PMWHERE:Aquarius Star & Om Café 329 Ludlow AvenueCincinnati, OHIt’s in the Clifton Gaslight District (www.aquariusstar.com).Hope to see you there! Continue Reading >>

Apr 11, 2010

Kiva has been chosen as one of four finalists in the Sam’s Club “Giving Made Simple” campaign for a chance to win a $1 million dollar grant.Only Sam's Club members can vote in this campaign, but we still need the help of all non-Sam's Club members in the Kiva community.
Calling all non-Sam's Club Members to help Kiva!Only 21 days left!
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Apr 9, 2010

Here are Kiva's Daily Quotes from this week. Enjoy!Monday: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."-Winston Churchill*Thank you to Kiva Lender, Guido Struben, for sharing this quote.Tuesday: "What you give you get, ten times over."-Beninese ProverbWednesday: "Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows."-Robert Green Ingersoll Thursday: "Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light."-Norman B. Rice*Thank you to Kiva Lender... Continue Reading >>

Apr 9, 2010

Maria Morrissey is captain of the Kiva Austin Lending Team. The group of 453 "big-hearted Texans" has made more than 4,000 loans to Kiva entrepreneurs. They're proud to be the #1 city lending team for total lending. Here, Maria shares her thoughts on Team Austin below.How did your team get started?
In September of 2008, I'd been a member of Kiva for a couple of years when I saw a message on the Kiva home page about a new feature called 'teams.' I was away from my home in Austin for grad school and terribly homesick, and I thought forming an Austin team would be a...
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