Jul 20, 2009
By Anonymous

Traveling with a microfinance institution in rural Tanzania, I once spent 45 minutes in an SUV getting to their "closest" rural client. Rural Africa can get pretty sparsely populated making it difficult for loan officers to access clients or for clients to access an MFI office without incurring significant costs. Higher costs make it harder for microfinance institutions to serve the rural poor or drive up interest rates to keep institutions sustainable.What if clients could make payments on loans through their phones? That's what two Kiva partners, Tujijenge in Tanzania and the Small and... Continue Reading >>


Jul 16, 2009

Dear Kiva Lenders --PDS Extraordinaire Rico Munoz recently put together this map that shows all of Kiva's partners in the Philippines and where Kiva loans are having an effect. As you can see, your generous support is helping microentrepreneurs all across this wonderful country. So once again, on behalf of our Filipino partners, Rico & myself, thank you again for your dedication to helping make Kiva so successful in the PhilippinesHappy lending!!Darren MiaoMicrofinance Partnership Manager - Asia PacificRico MunozPartnership Development Specialist - Asia Pacific Continue Reading >>


Jul 16, 2009

Over 200 people came out for the Kiva Cup in Paris on June 27th! We had volunteers from both Kiva Friends and the Kiva France Lending Team. The event was hosted by Les Condors 2000 and was considered such a success that the organizers have already reserved an even larger stadium in France for next year’s Kiva Cup! A huge congratulations goes out to the lead organizers for hosting such a...

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Jul 15, 2009

In addition to Fiona's recap, we wanted to provide a recording of July's Community Conference Call as well as an opportunity to see the presentation we showed at the beginning of the call. Here they are:
Audio recording:
Kiva U.S. Loans Impact Analysis
View more presentations from kivamicrofunds.
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Jul 15, 2009

Thank you to all those who joined the Community Conference Call today. We had approximately 80 people participating, and heard directly from 16 lenders who shared their thoughts and comments on the call.There were many different thoughts that were shared. In summary, they included:
  • Lenders should choose - Kiva is a conduit from the lenders to borrowers. Kiva should not be forced to choose the level of poverty lenders lend to.
  • The idea that US entrepreneurs cannot benefit from small loans is wrong.
  • Lenders should vote with their dollars, Kiva should not play a...
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Jul 14, 2009

At Kiva, we have the luxury of having the support of some of the most innovative businesses around the world. One of those businesses, Nau, a supporter of Kiva via their Partners for Change program, is announcing a new initiative - their first annual Grant for Change.
Nau will be giving away a $10,000 grant designed to support individuals who instigate lasting, positive change in their communities. The grant is nomination-based, and voter-driven, which means you get to shape who will win the prize. Maybe this means you nominate yourself, or maybe it means you nominate your...
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Jul 14, 2009

Back in May, an organization Social Designer, which curates and creates smart products that tune into the greater good, held a t-shirt design competition where the winning design would be sold and 20% of the proceeds would go to support Kiva.
Well, the contest is over and a winner has been named! Check it out here.
Big thanks go out to socialdesigner.com for choosing Kiva to benefit from this contest! For more information, visit www.socialdesigner.com.
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Jul 14, 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 June 17, 2009.
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Jul 14, 2009

Kiva Fellow Sarah Forbes recently facilitated a shoot in Tanzaniza for a BBC documentary series that includes Kiva. The shoot involved interviews with Kiva Entrepreneurs at Tujijenge. She wrote about her experience:

You can never quite be sure what requests you might receive as a Kiva Fellow, and the call I received from Kiva's Public Relations Director, Fiona Ramsey, was one of theose unexpected requests. She let me know that the BBC was putting together a television series on social enterprise, that...

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Jul 13, 2009

A friendly reminder that on Wednesday, we'll be having our July Community Conference call.
We'll be giving a short presentation, then we'll listen to your feedback on the Kiva US Pilot. We are expecting a high number of participants to join this...
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