Nov 9, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Hello Everyone,This is Matt Flannery, Co-Founder and CEO of'm now writing my second message as a part of the ongoing online discussion on the topic of person-to-person connections and transparency as it relates to Kiva and online philanthropy. For anyone that hasn't been following along, here are some links to get you caught up:The original post by David RoodmanMy replyAnd then today's article in the NYT by Stephanie Strom To recap our history, we started in a village in Uganda in 2005, working with a local pastor to disburse loans. The villagers had no other sources of capital,... Continue Reading >>

Nov 6, 2009

We want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday night to celebrate Kiva's 4th Birthday. The event was an incredible...

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Nov 4, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We want to remind you that the first annual Educational Community Web Summit will be hosted by Campus Kiva and High School Kiva this Friday, November 6th. We are excited to announce that we will be joined by Kiva’s President, Premal Shah, and Jonathon Stalls, who will be walking over 2,000 miles in 2010 from Colorado to Maine in support of Kiva (that's right, think Forest Gump style)!

There will be a conference call portion of the summit, which will take place from...

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Nov 2, 2009

We’re pleased to announce that Kiva’s President, Premal Shah, is teaming up with Yoovolution for a one-of-a kind event, the world’s largest professional and self development conference held entirely in a 3D virtual world. Together, we’re pushing the boundaries of online interaction and networking.

And, you’re invited to be a part of it!

This first ever event is open to the entire Kiva community and is not to be missed. You are on the...

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Oct 31, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Around 2pm today (Happy Halloween for those in the U.S.), Kiva hit a major milestone:$100,000,000 in loans raisedIt's a wonderful accomplishment involving 584,189 Kiva Lenders in our first 4 years of operations. What's even more amazing to me is that it took over 1 year to raise our first $1 million . This year alone, we're on track to raise nearly $60 million. On behalf... Continue Reading >>

Oct 30, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Thanks to the support of our lenders, funders and Field Partners, Kiva continues to grow. If you want to be part of Kiva and help us along our mission to alleviate poverty through lending, then consider applying for one of the positions open at Kiva here.

Already have a job? Are you in school? Maybe you want to help out on the side? Kiva relies on hundreds of volunteers to help us fulfill our mission. Learn about our open volunteer opportunities here.

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Oct 30, 2009

On September 29, 2009, an 8.3-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that claimed 184 lives in the Pacific Islands of Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga. It was the deadliest disaster in the history of Samoa – a country with a population of 188,000 – and a date that Samoans say “will live in the heart of Samoa forever.” Many of you have emailed Kiva, concerned about the particular person you have lent to. Please know it was very touching for those here in Samoa. It has been heartwarming and comforting to see so much support.
As a Kiva Fellow with South Pacific...
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Oct 30, 2009

Matt Flannery is currently sitting at #3 in the running for Huffington Post's Ultimate Game Changer! Vote for him now and lets help raise more awareness about Kiva's impact around the globe.
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Oct 29, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We are pleased to announce that on November 6th, 2009, Campus Kiva and High School Kiva will be pairing up to host the first annual Educational Community Web Summit. In addition to fantastic live guest speakers, including Kiva’s President, Premal Shah, and Jonathon Stalls, who is walking from Denver to Maine to support Kiva, we will be hearing from high school and college Kiva chapters nation-wide and microfinance...

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Oct 29, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Here's what's new in the current release of Kiva!
  • Lots and lots of back-end fixes
  • Small gift certificate fixes
  • New Help Center email form/topics
  • Removed videos from the popularity sort algorithm
  • Withdrawal system improvements
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