Mar 25, 2010

Saloni with Kiva President, Premal Shah

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Mar 23, 2010

Thousands converged from around the world in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2010. The conference and festival highlighted music, film and emerging technologies from March 12-21 at different venues around town. The music festival alone attracted 1,800 visitors. Click here to check out videos of some of the performers, including Band of Horses and Broken Social Scene.
Kiva was also part of the mix of events:
  • Kiva Advisor Skylar Woodward presented at the SXSW Interactive panel "Will Kiva Kill Your Nonprofit?...
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Mar 18, 2010

Congratulations to the members of the Kiva Christians Lending Team for recently passing $1 million in loans!
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Mar 18, 2010

By Kevin Chaissan
Kiva Fellows 10th ClassJuhudi Kilimo, KenyaJuhudi Kilimo CFO: "Kevin, when you’re out in Litein, make sure you ear-tag at least one cow for our Micro Insurance program.Me: "Ummm yea, I may pass on that one, but I’ll think about it."Microfinance… To most people this word is synonymous with providing small loans to very low-income entrepreneurs. But microfinance is so much more than that. It... Continue Reading >>


Mar 17, 2010

CircusPop is kicking things off with Kiva by launching its own lending team – Team Penny Drop – and making a contribution for every token used on Penny Drop, a free social game on Facebook that encourages friends to work together to earn large discounts on products. To get involved, play Penny Drop on Facebook by clicking here. The promotion ends on Monday, March 22nd. 

Penny Drop will frequently update its players about the entrepreneurs it funds, aiming to not only raise capital for new loans, but also demonstrate to potential Kiva lenders how rewarding it is to follow the progress of... Continue Reading >>


Mar 17, 2010

Here are the recordings from our last two Community Conference Calls, which took place in January and February. Thanks to all who could attend!

January

February

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Mar 17, 2010

South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual music, film and interactive festival that attracts thousands to Austin, Texas each spring, hosted Kiva in its melange of activities offered from March 12-21. Skylar Woodward, Kiva Advisor, organized the panel discussion "Will Kiva Kill Your Nonprofit? Donations 2.0." Participants explored the definition of "Donations 2.0" and addressed the following questions:
  • Have social media and Web 2.0 fundamentally changed donors’ expectations about data availability?
  • What is Kiva, and how is their approach to online fundraising unique?
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Mar 16, 2010

As an extension of Intuit’s current Love a Local Business program, for every person who joins the Intuit Kiva Lending Team and makes a Kiva loan within 30 days, Intuit will donate $10 to Kiva.org, up to $50,000. This contribution will be used to strengthen the Kiva micro-lending platform and leverage an estimated $500,000 more in small business loans from Kiva’s Internet community.To ensure that your loan qualifies for the $10 Intuit donation to Kiva,1) Join Intuit's Lending Team by clicking here.2) Make a loan within 30 days of joining and be sure to count it towards the Intuit Lending Team'... Continue Reading >>


Mar 16, 2010

"Give a man a fish and you feed...
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Mar 12, 2010

Kiva is excited to welcome our newest field partner Hekima, our second partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the first working in the country’s eastern Kivu Regions. This area has been marked by over a decade of war as well as social, economic and institutional collapse. A complex legal and regulatory environment is further complicated by widespread corruption and a market flooded with poor quality microfinance suppliers.In the city of Goma, where Hekima is based, many people are still recovering from the 2002 eruption of the Nyiragongo Volcano, which destroyed much of the... Continue Reading >>


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