Feb 16, 2010

Well, you can!
Each time you make a loan on Kiva, your Facebook profile will share this information with your friends. It's a wonderful way to spread the word about the Kiva entrepreneurs you have chosen to support from all around the world.Please read the document below to learn how to share your loan activity on Facebook.
Sharing Your Kiva Activity on Facebook
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Feb 14, 2010

Kiva is excited to announce our newest field partner in Kenya! Juhudi Kilimo is an innovative, for-profit social enterprise based in Nairobi with seven branches in rural communities across Kenya.Farming is the backbone of the Kenyan economy and it’s typically carried out by small producers who usually cultivate no more than two hectares (about five acres) using limited technology. These poor, rural smallholder farmers are in dire need of financial services. Juhudi works with these farmers to directly finance dairy cows, chickens, agricultural equipment, and other assets... Continue Reading >>

Feb 10, 2010

We wanted to let you all know about an exciting change that went live on Kiva at the beginning of this month. Going forward, when a Field Partner uploads a loan request, they will no longer be able to choose the option of covering borrower default.For roughly a year, Kiva allowed its Field Partners the option to cover entrepreneur defaults. This meant that even if an entrepreneur you supported couldn’t repay their loan, their Field Partner could opt to pay you back anyway.Kiva originally decided to offer this option because it was more efficient to manage repayments on an institutional level... Continue Reading >>

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 >>