Apr 15, 2010

Hi Kiva Community,

We're writing in response to the recent New York Times article, "Big Banks Draw Profits From Microloans to Poor" by Neil MacFarquhar. If you haven't read it, you can find it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/world/14microfinance.htmlThe article brings up valid concerns regarding microfinance institutions (MFIs) and the dangers of commercialization. We share... Continue Reading >>

Apr 14, 2010

Jonathon Stalls will passing through Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend on his KivaWalk across the country. Join him and other Kiva lenders for an informal get-together this Sunday!WHEN: Sunday, April 18th 5 PM-8 PMWHERE:Aquarius Star & Om Café 329 Ludlow AvenueCincinnati, OHIt’s in the Clifton Gaslight District (www.aquariusstar.com).Hope to see you there! Continue Reading >>

Apr 11, 2010

Kiva has been chosen as one of four finalists in the Sam’s Club “Giving Made Simple” campaign for a chance to win a $1 million dollar grant.Only Sam's Club members can vote in this campaign, but we still need the help of all non-Sam's Club members in the Kiva community.
Calling all non-Sam's Club Members to help Kiva!Only 21 days left!
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Apr 9, 2010

Here are Kiva's Daily Quotes from this week. Enjoy!Monday: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."-Winston Churchill*Thank you to Kiva Lender, Guido Struben, for sharing this quote.Tuesday: "What you give you get, ten times over."-Beninese ProverbWednesday: "Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows."-Robert Green Ingersoll Thursday: "Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light."-Norman B. Rice*Thank you to Kiva Lender... Continue Reading >>

Apr 9, 2010

Maria Morrissey is captain of the Kiva Austin Lending Team. The group of 453 "big-hearted Texans" has made more than 4,000 loans to Kiva entrepreneurs. They're proud to be the #1 city lending team for total lending. Here, Maria shares her thoughts on Team Austin below.How did your team get started?
In September of 2008, I'd been a member of Kiva for a couple of years when I saw a message on the Kiva home page about a new feature called 'teams.' I was away from my home in Austin for grad school and terribly homesick, and I thought forming an Austin team would be a...
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Apr 8, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Hello British lovers of Kiva!
Kiva is throwing a London party as Part One of our springtime European invasion. Matt, Premal, and many other Kiva staff, interns and fellows will be there to celebrate with the rest of local Kiva community. We want to top the charts!
Seriously though, it's going to be loads of fun and we need a major turn-out to make this one worth it. We're thinking hundreds (or at least one hundred) so invite everyone you know - interesting lads and lasses will be in abundance and how much more brilliant is it...
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Apr 8, 2010

Kiva has been chosen as one of four finalists in the Sam’s Club “Giving Made Simple” competition, for a chance to win a $1 Million dollar grant – but we can only do it with your help and support!With this grant, Kiva will multiply the impact by 10 by generating approximately $10 Million more in loans from the Internet community, to help 25,000 entrepreneurs in the US and around the world.How is this possible? Kiva historically generates $10 in loans from the Internet... Continue Reading >>

Apr 7, 2010

Each borrower profile you see on Kiva has been translated (or edited, if already written in English) by one of over 400 volunteers. Handling around eight thousand loans every month, this team makes an enormous contribution to Kiva. What fuels volunteers’ enthusiasm, and what do we gain from volunteering?


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Apr 7, 2010

Analyzing the effectiveness of microcredit or microfinance to alleviate poverty has been the subject of many blogs, articles and academic research papers.
  • Some have focused on microcredit only – while others have attempted to look at the effectiveness of microfinance more broadly (not only the provision of loans, but also savings and non financial services such as education, training, etc.).
  • Some have focused on reducing poverty while others have focused on making it more “bearable”.
  • Some have attempted to evaluate the impact of receiving a microfinance services while...
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