Sep 25, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We'll be performing maintenance on the site this Saturday, starting at 11pm PST. We should be done by 3am PST but hopefully sooner. Thanks for your patience! Continue Reading >>

Sep 24, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva's new partner in Kenya, KADET, was recently interviewed by the Daily Nation (the most read daily newspaper in Kenya) about Kiva and mobile banking (click here to read the article). In addition to using technology to bridge connections between lenders and borrowers, KADET is exploring ways of allowing clients to repay loans via their cell phones, greatly reducing the costs to obtain a loan. To lend to a borrower working with KADET, click here. Continue Reading >>

Sep 23, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Have you ever wanted to lend to a Kenyan with an agricultural business, but every time you checked Kiva you seemed to have just missed the new loans posted from Kenya?Have you ever left your repaid Kiva credit unused in your account for months at a time because you couldn’t find the loan you wanted?One of your most requested features has been a way to lend automatically to specific types of loans, without having to search Kiva. Today, we’re very proud to announce the upcoming launch of Kiva’s newest feature: Auto Lending, which has been designed to let you:
  • Automatically make the loans...
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Sep 18, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

The 2010 Kiva Calendar is now available for pre-order!The Kiva Calendar is a calendar that is fully designed and created by the KivaFriends community, and features Kiva Entrepreneurs as well as quotes from Kiva Lenders and Fellows. In short - it's made by the community - for the community!!The Kiva Calendar has sold out in the past, so get your orders in early to make sure you get one. (They've definitely become hot property in the Kiva HQ office when there were none left for purchase!)Right now, pre-orders are being accepted for calendar 10 packs,... Continue Reading >>

Sep 15, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

We asked, and you voted! The online poll asking when you think the $100 millionth dollar will be loaned on Kiva is now closed!We had 430 responses, and unfortunately for the 3 who voted for September 15, today was not the winning day.The most popular date is December 25, with 20 votes, followed by December 13, with 13 votes, and December 12 coming in at third place with 11 votes.For those who want to follow the vote day-by-day, the entire results are listed below, with the percentage of respondents followed by the number of responses for each date.Good luck!September 15, 0.7%... Continue Reading >>

Sep 14, 2009

Right now, we are busily preparing for our ninth class of Kiva Fellows who will arrive next week to be trained prior to being dispatched to the field.  One of the highlights of training week for all members of the Kiva... Continue Reading >>

Sep 10, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Hi All,Please find below some fairly rudimentary analysis into what factors affect loan funding times.A lot of the findings confirm what many of us would probably have expected - for example, that an African woman in agriculture will tend to get funded more quickly than a Central Asian male taxi-driver......However, there are also some more surprising learnings - for example:
  • Single entrepreneurs are funded relatively more slowly than group loans
  • On average, the length of the description does not appear to affect funding time,...
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Sep 4, 2009

The third and final day of SOCAP09 was considered the highlight of the three day conference, with participant-led Open Space sessions.  Over 800 attendees were impressed with the SOCAP team as they convened the right people: top practitioners, investors, and entrepreneurs, along with the new, young grass roots start ups and people with ideas who want to make a difference.  They asked us what projects and topics we wanted to speak more about and then invited us to post these hour-long sessions on the wall for attendees to consider.
There was a...
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Sep 4, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

"Ms. Lien Thị Doãn is only 28 years old, yet she still manages to look younger than her age. She has a 13 year old son and a 5 year old daughter, kind eyes and she smiles frequently. As the breadwinner for her family (her husband is not well), she works every day - weather permitting - making coal blocks.The coal blocks Ms. Lien creates are called “Than”, which are often used in homes and restaurants to heat large pots of food. The Nam Ngan district where Ms. Lien lives is well known for coal production. The work requires plenty of sunshine so the weather directly affects her ability to... Continue Reading >>

Sep 4, 2009

For those of you in the Miami area, come join us for a special event!  
Dorian Gregory, the Clevelander South Beach, and other surprise celebs are proud to host a fundraiser called "Clevelander for Kiva."  Also sponsoring the event is Kiva's Field Partner, Accion USA. 
The event will begin at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, September 5th, and will last until the wee hours.  A private VIP reception will be held on the C-Level rooftop terrace.  All are welcome to join in the fun, so please share this announcement with any friends or family in the area...
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