Sep 29, 2009

Over the last year we have all been hearing about the impact of the recession around the globe.  It does not just affect big retailers and multinational corporations, but also small retailers working with producer communities and artisans.  Some of these retailers are cancelling orders, resulting in an inventory build up for many fair trade producer groups.  Last year, our friends Priya Haji and Robert Chatwani launched, an online, ...

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Sep 28, 2009

Just a quick reminder that we'll be holding our monthly community conference call today - Monday September 28th.
We'd like to answer any questions you have and spend some time discussing our upcoming feature -Auto Lending. For more information about Auto Lending, click here.
When: The call is scheduled for Monday, September 28th at 4 pm US Pacific time/7 pm US Eastern time.
Dial in US: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6415483
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Sep 25, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We'll be performing maintenance on the site this Saturday, starting at 11pm PST. We should be done by 3am PST but hopefully sooner. Thanks for your patience! Continue Reading >>

Sep 24, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva's new partner in Kenya, KADET, was recently interviewed by the Daily Nation (the most read daily newspaper in Kenya) about Kiva and mobile banking (click here to read the article). In addition to using technology to bridge connections between lenders and borrowers, KADET is exploring ways of allowing clients to repay loans via their cell phones, greatly reducing the costs to obtain a loan.To lend to a borrower working with KADET, click here. Continue Reading >>

Sep 23, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Have you ever wanted to lend to a Kenyan with an agricultural business, but every time you checked Kiva you seemed to have just missed the new loans posted from Kenya?Have you ever left your repaid Kiva credit unused in your account for months at a time because you couldn’t find the loan you wanted?One of your most requested features has been a way to lend automatically to specific types of loans, without having to search Kiva. Today, we’re very proud to announce the upcoming launch of Kiva’s newest feature: Auto Lending, which has been designed to let you:
  • Automatically make the loans...
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Sep 18, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

The 2010 Kiva Calendar is now available for pre-order!The Kiva Calendar is a calendar that is fully designed and created by the KivaFriends community, and features Kiva Entrepreneurs as well as quotes from Kiva Lenders and Fellows. In short - it's made by the community - for the community!!The Kiva Calendar has sold out in the past, so get your orders in early to make sure you get one. (They've definitely become hot property in the Kiva HQ office when there were none left for purchase!)Right now, pre-orders are being accepted for calendar 10 packs,... Continue Reading >>

Sep 15, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We asked, and you voted! The online poll asking when you think the $100 millionth dollar will be loaned on Kiva is now closed!We had 430 responses, and unfortunately for the 3 who voted for September 15, today was not the winning day.The most popular date is December 25, with 20 votes, followed by December 13, with 13 votes, and December 12 coming in at third place with 11 votes.For those who want to follow the vote day-by-day, the entire results are listed below, with the percentage of respondents followed by the number of responses for each date.Good luck!September 15, 0.7%... Continue Reading >>

Sep 14, 2009

Right now, we are busily preparing for our ninth class of Kiva Fellows who will arrive next week to be trained prior to being dispatched to the field.  One of the highlights of training week for all members of the Kiva... Continue Reading >>

Sep 10, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Hi All,Please find below some fairly rudimentary analysis into what factors affect loan funding times.A lot of the findings confirm what many of us would probably have expected - for example, that an African woman in agriculture will tend to get funded more quickly than a Central Asian male taxi-driver......However, there are also some more surprising learnings - for example:
  • Single entrepreneurs are funded relatively more slowly than group loans
  • On average, the length of the description does not appear to affect funding time,...
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Sep 4, 2009

The third and final day of SOCAP09 was considered the highlight of the three day conference, with participant-led Open Space sessions.  Over 800 attendees were impressed with the SOCAP team as they convened the right people: top practitioners, investors, and entrepreneurs, along with the new, young grass roots start ups and people with ideas who want to make a difference.  They asked us what projects and topics we wanted to speak more about and then invited us to post these hour-long sessions on the wall for attendees to consider.
There was a...
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