Mar 2, 2009

Are you someone who keeps coming back to the site waiting for a loan from Sierra Leone, or a loan for a carpentry business? Now you can use KivaAlerts to let you know when the loan of your preference is available for funding. KivaAlerts was built by BetterLabs using the Kiva API. Betterlabs posted about KivaAlerts:We believe KivaAlerts.com will remind every one interested in supporting the Kiva causes more proactively and we also hope that users will forward interesting loan alerts to friends and family and help grow the lenders at Kiva.org for global good. Check it out! Continue Reading >>


Feb 25, 2009

For those of us who heard all about the Kiva API but didn't quite understand exactly what all the fuss was about, here's a FANTASTIC example of what the Kiva API can be used for:Kivaworld is a cool way to see the most recent Kiva loan activity, on a world map. You can see all of the current fundraising loans, or the 100 most recent loans Funded, Paid or In repayment. Check it out here.KivaWorld was created by Wonsys, an organization "born from the passion of a group of friends" whose "goal is to build applications which are effective and easy to use... Continue Reading >>


Feb 24, 2009

Chris Baker, Kiva Fellow for Nepal during the summer of 2008, recently completed this video of a field visit he conducted. Chris was the first fellow ever to serve with Kiva Field Partner Patan Business and Professional Women (BPW).To read more stories from the field by Kiva Fellows, please see the Kiva Fellows Blog. Continue Reading >>


Feb 23, 2009

Kiva's engineering team has been working on an experiment for the last few weeks to see how we can bring borrowers and lenders closer. In the past, we've seen that photographs have been one of the biggest ways for our lenders to feel connected to our borrowers.We decided to take that a step farther by experimenting with a new medium: video! Our first video-profile loan is up on the site and hopefully you'll see a few more trickle up to the site as we experiment with this functionality. We'll also be pushing to have more video journals up on the site over the next month or so.We wanted to keep... Continue Reading >>


Feb 23, 2009
By Anonymous

Hey Kivans, As you are probably aware, Kiva believes in the power of people across the globe to come together in pursuit of poverty alleviation through microfinance. In our operations, hundreds of volunteers support the editing and translating of businesses and the Kiva office is often teeming with volunteer interns and consultants from Oliver Wyman pitching in. Uniquely and relatedly, David Roodman... Continue Reading >>


Feb 20, 2009

Check out VivaKiva, a website that explains Kiva in Italian (English translation here).They've even made their own animation to explain the Kiva concept: Who knows what we'll see next! Continue Reading >>


Feb 19, 2009

We pushed a new version of the website last night. Here's a summary of some of the changes we made:
  • Fixed loans that were incorrectly marked "Paid Back" and restored them to "Active" status.
  • If you've made a loan to a group, your transaction history will show the name of the group, instead of the group leader's name.
  • Moved the transaction history out of the "Account" section under "My Portfolio" and added it to the left nav under "My Portfolio".
  • Added a running balance to the transaction history (this is also added to the Excel spreadsheet generated by the...
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Feb 17, 2009

Just a friendly reminder that the Kiva Community Conference Call will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18th at 2pm PST / 5PM EST. 
You can use the following dial-in information to access the conference line:
Dial In (U.S.): 866-740-1260
Dial In (Outside U.S.): +1 303-248-0285
Access Code: 6415483
We'd love to hear you on the call!
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Feb 13, 2009

For those who haven't read their February Kiva Newsletter, you haven't met Aiesha! Creative Counsel have captured the story of Kiva Lender Aiesha, of Brooklyn NY, as part of the 1000 Voices Archive.Click here to meet Aiesha! Continue Reading >>


Feb 12, 2009

A video about Kiva is the featured video on the Nonprofits & Activism site for YouTube today. You can view the video at the top of the page today by clicking here. This video was created for us by Intel as part of their SmallThingsChallenge program.Also, check out the Kiva channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kivamicrofunds to see more videos posted by Kiva. Continue Reading >>


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