Dec 9, 2009

Dear Kiva Lenders:We noticed, following some recent stories in the press about philanthropy and Kiva, that some Kiva Lenders may have incorrect assumptions and some misunderstandings about Kiva.In the spirit of clarity, we want to state a few facts:1. The borrowers listed on Kiva are real people.Over 267,000 people have received a loan through Kiva. These are real people, and their picture, name and location are listed with their loan request (when privacy considerations permit). In many cases these people are in remote places, and much effort has been taken to ensure they are... Continue Reading >>

Dec 3, 2009

Mary Jaksch from Goodlife Zen and Arvind Devalia from Make it Happen are hosting the "Blog with Heart" Challenge in order to harness the combined power of blogs to help Kiva. It is a wonderful way for bloggers and blog readers to join Kiva's global lending community, which lends to entrepreneurs around the world in an effort to alleviate poverty.
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Dec 3, 2009

As part of its California Partnership initiative, Chevron Corporation has awarded a one-year $500,000 grant to Kiva to assist with operational needs across the organization. The primary use of the grant will be to expand and improve the Kiva platform to economically empower individuals in the U.S. and around the world. The partnership came about through mutual participation in the 2009 Women’s Conference where Chevron pledged to match $100,000 in Kiva loans. The partnership has since grown into a grant that will enable Kiva to make much needed investments in engineering and microfinance... Continue Reading >>

Dec 3, 2009

Here are a few reminders of how you can use Kiva to help turn the dreams of entrepreneurs around the world into reality this holiday season:1. Lend!2. Buy Kiva Gift Certificates3. Shop for support at Nau.com4. Donate to Kiva(The 2009 Tax Year for charitable donations is closing fast!)5. Support Kiva's Cause on Facebook or get your Facebook friends a virtual Kiva piggy bank6. Help Kiva Win $1 Million on Facebook With Chase Community GivingKiva has the opportunity to win over $1,000,000 with the collective participation of our community! To nominate Kiva, vote here and search for Kiva... Continue Reading >>

Dec 2, 2009

Josh and Chuck from's podcast, Stuff You Should Know, are challenging Stephen Colbert to see who can be the first to raise $100K for Kiva by February 14th. The competition is on between the two lending teams!Check out Josh and Chuck's video message to Stephen Colbert below. Who is winning the challenge? Visit the Colbert Nation and... Continue Reading >>

Nov 30, 2009

Long-time Kiva supporter Nau is launching a sale from today to December 6th to benefit its Partners for Change (of which Kiva is one!). During that time they'll be donating 10% to their Partners for Change (up from the usual 2%).
Use the promo code "GIVE" to get 30% off merino wool and wool sweaters (for men and women).
When you check out, be sure to let Nau know that you'd like to support Kiva as part of your purchase and Nau will donate 10% to Kiva!
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Nov 27, 2009

Calling all Boston-area Kiva supporters!The director of the Kiva Fellows Program, JD Bergeron, will be hosting an event with one of the KFP Coordinators and several former Kiva Fellows at MIT campus in Cambridge this Tuesday, December 1st. If you're in the Boston area, this is your chance to ask questions about Kiva or the Kiva Fellows Program to Kiva staff in a face-to-face, informal setting. The evening will begin with a 40-minute presentation and Q&A on MIT campus in... Continue Reading >>

Nov 24, 2009

Yes you can! Trey Ratcliff, creator of photography blog, will be donating a percentage of all profits from his new book, “A World in HDR,” to Kiva. His book is about a new style of photography called High Dynamic Range (HDR) and hits stores in December. Learn more about “A World in HDR” here.
Thank you to Trey for this partnership with Kiva! Check out a special... Continue Reading >>

Nov 24, 2009

Hi Kiva Friends!Who (or what) has made a lasting impression on you? Please take a couple of seconds and share your answer by visiting or post on Twitter and include the “#impression” hashtag.
For each “impression” you share, $1 is being donated to Kiva by Barefoot Wine who is celebrating the release of its limited edition Barefoot Impression red blend wine by collecting your... Continue Reading >>

Nov 23, 2009

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with to sponsor a $10,000 video contest. The goal of the contest is to create an inspiring video that explains how the Kiva loan process works. Videos should not only serve as a tutorial but as...
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