Apr 7, 2010

Each borrower profile you see on Kiva has been translated (or edited, if already written in English) by one of over 400 volunteers. Handling around eight thousand loans every month, this team makes an enormous contribution to Kiva. What fuels volunteers’ enthusiasm, and what do we gain from volunteering?

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Apr 7, 2010

Analyzing the effectiveness of microcredit or microfinance to alleviate poverty has been the subject of many blogs, articles and academic research papers.
  • Some have focused on microcredit only – while others have attempted to look at the effectiveness of microfinance more broadly (not only the provision of loans, but also savings and non financial services such as education, training, etc.).
  • Some have focused on reducing poverty while others have focused on making it more “bearable”.
  • Some have attempted to evaluate the impact of receiving a microfinance services while...
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Apr 7, 2010

During this month's Kiva Community Conference Call, we'll be departing from our regular format and discussing Kiva's participation in Sam's Club's "Giving Made Simple" competition. We'll talk about ways that you can help Kiva get the word out about the competition and win a $1 million grant!
The call is set to take place on Wednesday, April 14th at 2:30 pm, pacific time.To join the call:Dial In (U.S.): 866-740-1260Dial In (Outside U.S.): +1 303-248-0285Enter Access Code: 6415483Please note that this call will only be about the Giving Made Simple competition. We're happy...
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Apr 5, 2010

EvanCarmichael.com has partnered with bloggers Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Darren Rowse, Tim Ferriss, Chris Brogan, Tom Peters, and others to create a line of famous entrepreneur trading cards called “Entrepreneur Heroes” – the profits from the sale of the cards go to support Kiva entrepreneurs in Africa. To purchase your set of cards, please click here.For this project, 33 business bloggers were asked to pick whom their favorite famous entrepreneurs were and gave reasons why. A trading card was then created for each entrepreneur chosen and includes an artistic picture on the front, an... Continue Reading >>


Apr 4, 2010

Jonathon Stalls has completed the first month of his KivaWalk cross-country adventure! He wanted to update the Kiva community on his trip, how he is raising awareness about Kiva, and his personal reflections from his journey thus far.Update from Jonathon StallsApril 3, 2010What an adventure!- Just over ONE month on the road- Close to 450 miles across Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, & Ohio- Stayed with 20 incredible host families (3 of which are Kiva lenders... Continue Reading >>


Apr 2, 2010

Here are Kiva's Daily Quotes from this week. Enjoy!Monday: "One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world." - Ann RadcliffeTuesday: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - GandhiWednesday: "He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own." - ConfuciusThursday: “How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?” - Vincent van GoghFriday: "Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones... Continue Reading >>


Apr 1, 2010

Please join me in welcoming our newest field partner Yehu Microfinance to the Kiva community!

Yehu is Kiva's first partner based in Mombasa, Kenya. (Mombasa is the second largest notoriously hot and humid city on the Indian Ocean's coast.)

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Apr 1, 2010

By Dave McMurtry
Kiva Fellows 9th ClassMonrovia, LiberiaMy first thought upon arrival in Monrovia, Liberia, in August 2009 for my Kiva Fellowship was, “Wow, such colors and amazing stories! I should make a movie for those who aren’t as lucky as I am to have this experience.”So what you have here is just that: an attempt to bring everyone along with me on my amazing 3-month journey to understand, at the most basic-level, exactly how microfinance works and the social impact it has on both borrowers’ and lenders’ lives. The toughest part was... Continue Reading >>


Apr 1, 2010

Bay Area Kiva Lenders, you're invited to the next Kiva Social!
Come meet the new class of Kiva Fellows on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm. We will have 27 Kiva Fellow Trainees in the office that week preparing for their work abroad and this evening is a chance for us to introduce them to our supportive community!
Kiva Fellows 10th Class, Training
You will have the opportunity to talk with the Fellows about the work they will be...
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Mar 30, 2010

Are you curious about this year's Microfinance USA Conference (May 20-21 in San Francisco, CA)? Check out the video below to learn more!Featured Speakers:Maria Shriver, First Lady of CaliforniaPremal Shah, President of KivaLeslie Kane, Vice President of Grameen AmericaBob Annibale, Global Director of Citi MicrofinanceRegistration Fees:General Admission - $275Student Admission - $50Click here to register here!Kiva Lender-Borrower Meet-Up:... Continue Reading >>


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