Feb 9, 2010

Kiva works with existing microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, to fund loans to low income entrepreneurs all over the world. This is the first in a series of "Partner Profiles" that we'll be sharing here from time to time.Field Partner: Caja Rural Señor de LurenLocation: Peru... Continue Reading >>

Feb 8, 2010

I'm excited to announce a new Kiva Field Partner - Credicomun - our third active partner in Mexico. Credicomun posted its first (of many!) loans this morning here.Credicomun is based out of Mexico City and has 17 branches throughout the country. The organization is less than 5 years old but has grown rapidly in that time. They work mostly in rural areas through the village banking methodology (group loans), and their average loan size is quite small for Mexico, at about $400. The organization has a strong focus on social performance, and... Continue Reading >>

Feb 8, 2010

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."- Martin Luther King Jr. Continue Reading >>

Feb 5, 2010

We thought the Kiva lending community would like to see this update on Kiva's Field Partner in Haiti, Esperanza International written by Esperanza staff member Jordan Nelson.Dear Kiva Lenders,While it has been two weeks since a 7.1 earthquake struck Port au Prince, Haiti the destruction and loss of lives left as a result of the natural disaster is tremendous.Kiva’s field partner in Haiti—Esperanza International has offices located in... Continue Reading >>

Feb 4, 2010

In a growing tradition of Kiva lenders doing some amazing things, this March, Jonathon Stalls and his dog, Kanoa, will embark on a coast-to-coast cross country trek covering an estimated 3,000 miles from Delaware to San Francisco, CA - and he’s taking Kiva with him.

 He will be walking through hundreds of towns, cities, and communities in Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.

Why is Jonathon going on this cross country trek?

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Feb 4, 2010

Love Kiva? Want to do more on the ground? We are looking for qualified people who want to get into the field to help make the connection even stronger.

Kiva Fellows are short-term volunteers who work with a specific Kiva field partner for three months or more. They help to bridge the gap between Kiva lenders and our field partners throughout the world sending stories and data back to Kiva HQ and the lending community. Kiva Fellows possess travel experience,...

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Feb 3, 2010

Fun Valentine's Day Fact: Over 27,000 couples are Kiva lenders!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Looking for a unique gift? Consider purchasing Kiva Gift Certificates for your loved ones this year.Starting at $25, Kiva gift certificates allow the recipient to make their own loans to entrepreneurs around the world and help alleviate poverty. Your recipient chooses the loans, receives repayments, and can choose to lend again and again!Email your personalized gift certificate immediately or print it at... Continue Reading >>

Feb 3, 2010

The New York volunteer team started meeting regularly in October with the goal of creating an ...
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Feb 2, 2010

When hearing about microfinance, people are usually amazed (at the concept) and appalled (at the perceived high interest and fees of the microfinance institutions – or MFIs). Indeed, interest and fees relative to portfolio average 31% (23% in real terms).If microfinance is serving mostly poor and excluded people, shouldn’t MFIs subsidize the loans? Are they taking advantage of the poor? ... Continue Reading >>

Feb 1, 2010

“Team Tia – Loan Around the Globe” is a Kiva lending team dedicated to Tia, a nine-year old girl living in Murcia, Spain. Tia has been diagnosed with several illnesses including dilated cardiomyopathy, Graves Basedow disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and congestive heart failure.Tia is a strong girl with a passion for helping others and has enjoyed supporting Kiva entrepreneurs around the globe. Kiva lenders have been inspired by her story and last May, they created “Team Tia” to show their support for her by helping Kiva entrepreneurs. To date, “Team Tia” has 273 members and... Continue Reading >>