May 1, 2009

It's official - April was the third record breaking month on Kiva in a row!From 1 - 30 April, Kiva Lenders loaned $4,487,875 to entrepreneurs around the world. That's $149,596 every day.Or $103.89 EVERY MINUTE.That's the most loaned on Kiva in one month ever.Now that would be exciting enough in itself, but consider that this is the third month in a row that we've had the "biggest month ever."February topped $3.8m (beating December 08... Continue Reading >>


Apr 30, 2009

Since we’ve opened the Kiva API, developers have been tinkering away and creating great applications and widgets using Kiva data. Check out these cool apps and vote on your favorite one during the month of May!In alphabetical order:
  • KivaAds. Want to support agriculture entrepreneurs in Africa? Use this tool to create customized ads for your website of new entrepreneurs that fit your criteria.
  • Kiva Alerts. Register to be notified by email when your...
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    Apr 30, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

    Since we’ve opened the Kiva API, developers have been tinkering away and creating great applications and widgets using Kiva data. Check out these cool apps and vote on your favorite one during the month of May! In alphabetical order:

  • KivaAds. Want to support agriculture entrepreneurs in Africa? Use this tool to create customized ads for your website of new entrepreneurs that fit your criteria.
  • KivaAlerts is a suite of tools for facebook, mobile, and the web.
  • Kiva Data. Like data? Like Kiva? Check out the cool graphs and...
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    Apr 30, 2009

    Our next Kiva Community Conference Call is scheduled for Thursday, May 14th at 1 pm PDT.

    This is an opportunity for Kiva lenders to call in and ask us anything! 

    The call in info is:

    Dial in US: 866-740-1260Dial in (Outside US): +1 303-248-0285Access Code: 6415483

    We hope to hear you on the line!

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    Apr 29, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

    The Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Francisco hosted 1,400 do-gooders interested in technology.  There were over 100 sessions in 3 days, including "Web 2.0 Philanthropy: Crowdsourcing through the Kiva Developer Program" by Kiva's Skylar Woodward.  In case you missed it, here's a description of his session: So now you have a hip,...

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    Apr 27, 2009

    Hey Kiva Supporters - we made a mistake when we said that Brad Pitt Twittered about Kiva a few days ago. We were notified today that the Twitter account named “TheRealBradPitt” is not in fact owned by Brad Pitt, the actor. The fake Brad Pitt profile has now been taken down by Twitter. I guess a lot of people were fooled (the profile had tens of thousands of followers), but I feel pretty embarrassed because I thought I had an eye for this kind of thing.Anyways, what this means is that Brad Pitt, the actor, did not Twitter about Kiva. But he, through a direct representative, has been really... Continue Reading >>


    Apr 23, 2009

    Matt Flannery will be speaking at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco next week, for a lunch session on Cutting-Edge Innovators. Also speaking will be Mark Dwight, Founder and CEO, Rickshaw Bagworks.Triumphing in the face of economic adversity, Dwight and Flannery have emerged as leaders in socially responsible entrepreneurship. Retail manufacturer Dwight was named a turnaround expert by Fast Company magazine. Flannery's web-based Kiva is one of the largest peer-to-peer global lending organizations in the world. Hear how each harnessed the power of innovation to build consumer, investor... Continue Reading >>


    Apr 23, 2009

    Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll of Uncornered Market have been traveling the world since December 2006 and are making the way through Latin America. Supporters of Kiva, they have been working with some of Kiva's Field Partners to collect stories of some of the entrepreneurs on Kiva's website, through photography. The results are beautiful, and it is always so exciting to get a further glimpse into the lives of Kiva entrepreneurs. Check out some of the pictures of their Kiva visits on their website here.Thanks to Audrey and Daniel for their continued support of Kiva through donating... Continue Reading >>


    Apr 23, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

    Mark your calendars! The Kiva Developer Garage will be Saturday, June 6th at 1pm in San Francisco.  We'll have snacks all day, and pizza for those who stay through dinner.  Collaborate with other developers and designers, including members of the Kiva engineering team. UPDATE: RSVP via Facebook or Upcoming!  For more information, see the wiki. (Special thanks to ncbeets for use of her awesome garage photo on the front page.)

     

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    Apr 20, 2009

    Over the weekend, the White House announced a new $100 million microfinance growth fund for the western hemisphere:The global credit crisis is having a significant and harmful impact on the availability of finance for micro and small businesses that provide a majority of the jobs in the Hemisphere. This is one of the factors jeopardizing recent hard won gains in reducing poverty. While the region has a wealth of microfinance institutions, these lenders are now confronting a serious shortage of private finance from both international and local sources. As the supply of lending is shrinking... Continue Reading >>


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