Feb 23, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

We’re excited to announce that Kiva and Vittana, a pioneer of higher-education loans in the developing world, are launching an unprecedented partnership that will amplify the reach and impact of crowdfunded loans to students.  Vittana’s student loans will be redirected to the Kiva website for crowdfunding starting April 2, 2014. Kiva’s platform will allow Vittana’s microfinance partners to access greater amounts of crowdfunded capital and expand their capacity to provide higher-education student loans. 
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Feb 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

With heavy hearts, the Kiva community is both mourning and celebrating a special soul who brought light and laughter to all our lives. Paul Lambert, a native of Northern Ireland and a beloved Kiva employee, was struck and killed in a suspected hit-and-run in San Francisco on February 12.

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Feb 20, 2014 GO Global Update

Forget the Olympics, the real team excitement is going down on Kiva and you don’t have to wait four years to be a part of it. 
Kiva Lending Teams are a great way for people to share their passion for lending and supporting borrowers around the world. They're also a great way to connect with other lenders via a similar interest, hobby, or even sense of humor.
Here are seven incredible, tight-knit Kiva lending communities that need to be on your radar. If you like what you see, you can sign up...
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Feb 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Happy Valentine’s Day from Kiva! To show our un-defaulting love for you, Kiva created five fun and fabulous KIVAlentines for all our crush-worthy lenders. Share the Kiva Love today with your sweetheart, your friends or your fellow lenders! And remember, with Kiva you are never a loan on Valentine’s Day.

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Feb 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva we believe creating a great user experience is essential to accomplishing our mission of connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty. The Kiva website acts as a bridge between lenders and borrowers, allowing them to feel a sense of connection with one another. Not only does a person’s experience with the Kiva website impact their lending activity, but it can also affect their motivation to contribute time and money to social good in other areas of their lives.
To that end, I’m excited to share...
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Feb 7, 2014 US United States

How do students help change the lives of people they've never met, from 10,000 miles away? They believe in them. And give them the financial tools to help themselves.
As part of the Kiva U program, 200 seniors from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep are about to embark on their senior service project to create small businesses and raise revenue from their community. Then, to pay homage to Nelson Mandela, the students will use the profits to fund loans in South Africa on Kiva. Like Kiva borrowers, these students don’t have access to traditional credit and...
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Feb 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Fellows proudly show where they are headed!
A snapshot of Kiva Fellow life during fellows training week: 
Drink coffee, lots of it. Learn more than you brain can hold about the Kiva model. Bond with other fellows headed all over the world. Learn how to check on a borrower’s progress. Get really pumped about all the borrowers you'll get to meet! Quick tutorial on photography. Drink more coffee, you're only getting started…
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Jan 30, 2014

By connecting people we can create relationships beyond financial transactions, and build a global community expressing support and encouragement of one another. -  Premal Shah, President  
From the beginning, Kiva set out to foster community on a global scale. And you (all of you!) made that dream a reality. Lenders came together to find new ways to expand Kiva’s reach and borrowers used their loans to bring new opportunities to their communities.
In the coming weeks we want to take time to celebrate these...
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Jan 28, 2014 SV El Salvador, GH Ghana, TG Togo

As Kiva’s 23rd Fellows class (KF23) prepares to go out into the field, there are so many questions about the adventures and challenges ahead.  Former Kiva Fellow Juan Barbed’s answer is this exhilarating mash up of his incredible journey, starting in El Salvador and then following him through Ghana and Togo.

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Jan 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

“I really liked the way the site was constructed and level of engagement Kiva had with its lenders. I decided that it was the kind of organization that I’d like to spend more time with.” City: Wayzata, MN Language: English Team: Loan Stars Time with Kiva: 1 year, 3 months Outstanding contributions to Kiva: Lynn, always a conscientious editor, is also a great help on the Volunteer Forum. She is quick to answer questions from other volunteers and helps to create a sense of community on the forum.... Continue Reading >>