Jun 10, 2009

A few words from Maria Shriver....

"Some days you just wake up with a feeling. There’s no explaining it, you just know that this day will be different. Not sure how, but different.  In March of 2008, I had one of those days.   I was in San Francisco that morning, looking through some notes for an event I had in the afternoon. The Women’s Conference was getting ready to launch WE Invest, one of our programs...

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Jun 10, 2009
By Anonymous

Today Kiva got a little closer to its mission of connecting people around the world for the sake of alleviating poverty. Starting today, lenders can make loans to microentrepreneurs in the US.

When Kiva first started, it focused on lending to entrepreneurs in Africa. In the last 4 years we have expanded to many more regions around the world, focusing in developing nations. However, our desire has always been to be a truly global organization, and to allow...

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Jun 9, 2009

Mark your calendars, schedule your DVR, and tell everyone you know.  Kiva will be on Good Morning America TOMORROW morning, Wednesday, June 10th.  Make sure you tune in to watch the Kiva segment in the second hour (starting at 8am) and the follow up on ABC World News tomorrow night. To find out when Good Morning America and ABC World News air in your area, check your local TV guide. 
Be sure to tune in as we'll be announcing something BIG...
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Jun 3, 2009

For those in New York City, join Kiva and ACCION on Monday, June 15th, for a bLENDer!  
Please help us spread the word and don't forget to RSVP by emailing: bLENDer2009Invite@gmail.com
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Jun 3, 2009

Our next Kiva Community Conference Call is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17th at 2 pm PDT.This is an opportunity for Kiva lenders to call in and ask us anything! The call in info is:

Dial in US: 866-740-1260Dial in (Outside US): +1 303-248-0285Access Code: 6415483

We hope to hear you on the line!

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Jun 1, 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 May 14, 2009.
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Jun 1, 2009

For those who live in the Bay Area, mark your calendars!  Global Agents for Change is riding to break the cycle again and you're invited to help us celebrate on Thursday, June 25th at Taverna Aventine. 
Join 20 young cyclists as they reach San Francisco in their 2000 mile journey from Vancouver to the Tijuana border.  We're inviting Kiva's Community in SF to join the riders as they celebrate this third annual tour in support of microcredit initiatives globally and the ongoing work of Kiva to connect lenders with deserving entrepreneurs. 
See here for more...
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May 28, 2009

The next class of Kiva Fellows has finished training at Kiva headquarters and will soon be heading into the field. Congratulations to the 27 trainees that officially became Kiva Fellows last week. They enthusiastically handled five full days of powerpoint presentations, demos, and discussions. Some highlights from training included the Kiva Social, a cable car ride through San Francisco, the Go-Game fundraiser, and watching funny welcome videos from two KF7's.The KF8 fellows will be placed in 19 countries throughout the world. This class will be strengthening the relationship between their... Continue Reading >>


May 26, 2009

In the website release that will go out shortly, there are a few changes worth calling out:
  • We were able to track down and fix the issue some people were having with their transaction history. What's more, we were able to make it much snappier
  • The entrepreneur profile page has changed. You will notice:
    • A country section on the right side of the page, showing where the loan is going as well as some basic information about the country that the entrepreneur or group lives in
    • We've been able to make the "Advanced View" of the repayment schedule even more transparent...
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    May 26, 2009

    When we made the change to our new Partner Administration system in November, we also created a longer billing cycle of 45 days. After working with this system for a few months we realized the longer billing cycle was overly complicated for Kiva’s Field Partners, leading to a lot of confusion, missed payments, etc. So we’re shortening the billing cycle to 30 days, which means that partners will now make payments to Kiva on the last day of the month, rather than the 15th of the following month. Shortening the billing cycle helps our Field Partners because making payments for the previous month... Continue Reading >>


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