Aug 4, 2008

Our project "Loans That Change Lives", is currently a contestant for the Members Project Award! Please support us and help our organization win $1.5M through popular vote. Here's what you can do to help Kiva win:

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http://www.membersproject.com/project/view/P6KQEI

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Jul 23, 2008
By Anonymous

Being an engineer is a strange job. We spend most of our time working on things that we can't even begin to explain to 99% of the people we meet. I'm convinced that for the first six years of my career my Mom thought I was a typist.Since I've been at Kiva, all that has changed. Now when people ask me what I do I tell them I build Kiva, and thanks to our one-woman wrecking crew of a PR Department that's usually enough. As an engineer, to think that every day over 16,000 people all over the world are seeing my work is incredibly gratifying. As a normal human being (distinct from engineer... Continue Reading >>


Jul 17, 2008

On July 14-15th, the Financial Research Associates in association with The Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN) proudly hosted the Microfinance West: The Investment Opportunity conference at the Hilton in Fishmerman's Wharf here in San Francisco. The purpose of the conference was to focus on investment opportunities in the microfinance world, as microfinance has quickly expanded beyond the realm of philanthropy to also include an amalgamation of technological innovation and big retail investments. Premal Shah, Kiva's president, attended the conference on behalf of Kiva along with about... Continue Reading >>


Jul 8, 2008

I want to use this blog post to give Kiva lenders an update on a recent visit I made to Bluefields, Nicaragua with the purpose of getting to know the staff, borrowers, and operations of the Asociación de Desarrollo y Promoción Humana de la Costa Atlántica (or ADEPHCA for short).ADEPHCA has been working with Kiva since October 2007. At that time, the plan was that ADEPHCA would work with a local Nicaraguan NGO called Blue Energy to help promote loans that allowed people outside of the formal electric grid to purchase a sustainable hybrid wind/solar energy system. Although the original idea... Continue Reading >>


Jul 7, 2008

Kiva has partnered with Involver.com and VideoJug.com to create a video campaign to help Kiva fans get the word out. Involver’s technology allows you to easily share this short introductory clip of Kiva to your friends on social networking sites like Facebook. Video Jug provided in-kind assistance in producing this video.Click on the link below to view the video, add the application, and share it with friends!http://apps.facebook.com/kivavideo/watchEven if you do not have a Facebook account, click on the link to view it and feel free to forward the link onto friends. Continue Reading >>


Jul 7, 2008

I was inspired by an email from one of our most involved Kivans to explain why Kiva has been ramping up the number of entrepreneurs ready to fund on our site. At the time of this writing, there are 573 fundraising loans on our site. This is a significant increase from early January, when we were completely out of loans to fund!So, I thought I’d give you a little background explaining this decision. You're probably aware that there are many technicalities that go on behind-the-scenes at Kiva to ensure that a loan is ready to fundraise on our site, such as translating and validating the... Continue Reading >>


Jun 27, 2008

If you live near the highways between Vancouver and San Francisco and have seen a pack of 30 bicyclists in green heading south, chances are they were Global Agents for Change.Global Agents for Change are a group of young professionals, university students and social change agents from Vancouver, Canada, whose goal is no less than to change the world!Each year Global Agents for Change ride from Vancouver to Mexico, raising funds to build a youth managed microcredit fund, which is loaned to developing world entrepreneurs through Kiva. To date they've raised $53,220.75The group rolled into... Continue Reading >>


Jun 26, 2008

Last week, 19 energetic and dedicated Kiva Fellows descended upon our headquarters to train for their placements in the field in the coming months. The trainees were selected from an impressive pool of applicants, and they joined the Kiva Team for four intense days of lots of learning and preparing to represent Kiva in the field and work with our Field Partners all over the world.
Kiva Fellows (June 08 Training) and Staff

The Fellows who graduated from training...

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Jun 26, 2008

You might notice this week that some of the Kiva Field Partner names have changed a little. We're not trying to confuse you, just trying to standardize!In the past, we referred to our partners in a variety of ways, either by their full names, abbreviations, or a combination of both. Now, we've changed names to follow this format: "[Full Partner Name]([Acronym]), a partner of [Network]." Whenever the entire partner name was in a language other than English, we abbreviated the entire name (for example, "Fundacion... Continue Reading >>


Jun 24, 2008

We pushed out a release earlier this afternoon (and brought down the site for a little bit – sorry about that!). Briefly, the changes you might notice are:
  • We changed the metrics ticker on the home page a bit so it represents some more information we have
  • The Fellows blog is now on the Kiva site for easier access. Check it out; it has some great stories from the Kiva Fellows about their experiences as they work to help our partner Microfinance Institutions work most effectively with Kiva
  • We've changed the My Portfolio>My Account>Transaction History page to include...
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