Jun 24, 2010

In the spirit of shared solidarity with small business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide, Kiva has discovered supporters in all types of businesses in the US. Among our Kiva lenders, there are many who run their own businesses- everything from photographers to caterers to plumbers. And so we're excited to spread the word about a free event for small business owners being offered by a Kiva supporter: ... Continue Reading >>

Jun 24, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Hi Kiva Community,
We'll be bringing down our website on June 28th between 5pm and 11:59pm Pacific Time for some maintenance.
Thanks for your patience!
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Jun 21, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

By Steve Grey, KF11, KenyaIn this 3.5 minute video, see what it’s like to spend the day with a loan officer from one of Kiva’s lending partners. Hanifa Seme (Credit Officer with Small and Micro Enterprise Programme in Kenya) and Steve Grey (... Continue Reading >>

Jun 17, 2010

All Kiva lenders and friends in the New York area are invited to attend the next Kiva New York...

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Jun 16, 2010

All Kiva supporters in the London area are invited to attend a casual Meet-Up with other Kiva lenders on Tuesday, June 22nd. Come spend the evening in the Jubilee Gardens with fellow...
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Jun 15, 2010

Kiva’s newest field partner, Amasezerano Community Banking S.A. is as lovable as its native country Rwanda. And that’s no small statement, because Rwanda could win anyone over—it has endless green hills and an engaged, courageous citizenry.

Rwanda is often seen as an international development success story in process—Kigali’s streets are clean, and the Rwandan population benefits from basic national health insurance. But poverty remains grinding and ever-present. The majority of the population lives below 250 Rwandan francs (about $0.43) per day (CIA World Factbook), and the densely...

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Jun 14, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Today, Kiva is announcing new features that give you more control over your Kiva Credits.We wish we could hold Kiva Credits for you in your account indefinitely. Because of state laws, however, if you don't use your account for roughly 3-5 years, many states require us to consider your funds as "abandoned property" and turn it over to the relevant state government for safekeeping on your behalf.Of course, it's important to Kiva to comply with relevant state regulations. But, we'd also like to give you — the Kiva lender — control over what happens to your money if your account becomes... Continue Reading >>

Jun 14, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

by Elena Kuehn, KF11 Vietnam

“What a woman! How much energy! Wow…” thoughts that have crossed my mind several times during the last two weeks. I was visiting Fund for Poor Women (FPW) in the Thanh Hoa province and got to know the people working there and could meet many of the Kiva borrowers. It wasn’t easy to arrange these meetings as most FPW clients work in agriculture and leave their houses when the sun rises and work until late at night. They...

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Jun 8, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

We are proud to announce our newest Salvadorean Field Partner, PADECOMSM Credito. PADECOMSM is our second Salvadorean partner on the platform and they have been posting loans on the site since the end of last month. PADECOMSM was formed by 29 local leaders during the Salvadorian civil war in response to the dire lack of government services available in the area. They began by offering social services in several communities and expanded to offer microfinance services in the late 1990s. In 2006 the organization split into two sister organizations becoming PADECOMSM Social and...
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Jun 7, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

By Jeremy Gordon, KF11, KenyaPeople like us can’t get a loan. You have to be a member of a group with an influential person in it—we don’t know anyone like that.” - RamaThe second day I passed him on my way to work, a man on a bright red and chrome boda boda... Continue Reading >>