Jan 12, 2010

Bob Harris, a writer from Los Angeles, became a Kiva lender in January 2009 and just made his 1,050th loan. We were honored to interview Bob to learn more about why he joined Kiva and what he enjoys most about the lending experience.1. How did you hear about Kiva?I first heard about Kiva after hearing Premal Shah (President of Kiva) speak at the Tides convention in San Francisco in 2008. At the time, I had just been hired by a luxury travel website to visit and write about some of the wealthiest hotels and restaurants all over the world. But in... Continue Reading >>

Jan 6, 2010

Kiva has made it to the final round of voting in Project 7’s Grand Giveaway! We have the opportunity to win $15,000 and Kiva is one of three organizations under the contest’s “Build the Future” category. You can vote for Kiva today by clicking here, entering your email address, and then clicking on the "Build" checkbox on the ballot. Voting ends on January 31st!... Continue Reading >>

Dec 28, 2009

We are delighted to squeeze in one more new country to the Kiva portfolio before 2009 comes to a close - Chile! Kiva's Latin America team has been working hard over the past few months to offer Kiva lenders the chance to support borrowers in Chile's nascent microfinance sector. To do this, we have teamed up with Fondo Esperanza, the only organization offering group loans to poor and low-income borrowers on a national scale. Fondo Esperanza's mission is “build development opportunities through the efficient provision of comprehensive microfinance services, in order to continually improve the... Continue Reading >>

Dec 23, 2009

Congratulations to Support Resort and their Lending Team ...
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Dec 22, 2009

We are looking for bloggers who want to help spread the word about Kiva! We will periodically send you Kiva news and updates that you can share on your blog.If you are interested in joining Kiva's blogger list, please email the following information to kivacommunity@gmail.com:NameEmail AddressBlog Name, URL, and SubjectTwitter NameOnce a quarter, we will post Kiva's blogger list to our blog as well as our other social media channels. We want to share with others how you are supporting Kiva!Thank you and we look... Continue Reading >>

Dec 21, 2009

Congratulations to everyone who placed in the Kiva Instructional Video Competition hosted by Tongal! We were very impressed with the entries and had our work cut out for us last week when we sat down to judge over...

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Dec 21, 2009

Kiva’s Editing and Translation Marathon last Monday was a huge success! 91 volunteers and staff reviewed 756 loans throughout the day. This is a new record by far for most loans reviewed in a day (our previous record was ~900 loans reviewed in a weekend). During last year’s marathon 26 volunteers and staff reviewed 325 loans, so this shows how much our team has grown over the past year.Kiva is now in great shape as we head into our busiest time of year. Thank you to everyone who participated in or helped with the Editing and Translation... Continue Reading >>

Dec 20, 2009

Please join us in welcoming the first handful of Colombian entrepreneurs to the Kiva platform! This weekend, Kiva's first Colombian partner, the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) posted their first loans to the website, adding one more country to Kiva's ever-expanding portfolio. The entire Kiva team is delighted to have teamed up with this FMSD to expand access to credit in the marginalized rural and peri-urban areas along the Atlantic coast. FMSD is a NGO with over 40 years of experience in development, education, microcredit and housing programs. They will be working with Kiva to... Continue Reading >>

Dec 16, 2009

Thank you to all of our supporters who voted for Kiva in the Chase Community Giving contest! We reached the list of the top 100 charities and will be awarded $25,000.We are now eligible for the next round of the contest which will take place from January 15th to January 22nd. The charity receiving the most votes during this period will win $1 million and the top five runners-up will receive $100,000 each. We will keep the Kiva community... Continue Reading >>

Dec 16, 2009

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase a 2010 Kiva Calendar! If you would like your calendar to arrive in time for the holidays, it is recommended to submit your order soon. The calendars are available for purchase individually ($5 per calendar) or as discounted 5-packs ($14).The Kiva Calendar is fully designed and created by the KivaFriends community. This year's Kiva calendar features images of Kiva entrepreneurs from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Each month has a photo and... Continue Reading >>