Aug 14, 2009

A very important element of Kiva is the interest rate paid by entrepreneurs to the Field Partners who facilitate each loan.Recap on Interest RatesIf you're new to Kiva, let us break it down for you like this: 1. When you make a loan to a Kiva entrepreneur, 100% of your loan funds are received by Kiva. 2. Kiva then passes 100% of your loan funds to the Field Partner (microfinance institution on the ground that Kiva has partnered with) 3. The Field Partner passes 100% of your loan funds on to the entrepreneur 4. When the entrepreneur repays the loan, the... Continue Reading >>

Aug 11, 2009

One word you’ll constantly hear around the Kiva office is “efficiency.” It’s a key theme at Kiva because the more efficient we can be, the more loans can get funded on the website, and the more we can achieve our social mission.

We’re going to try an experiment in the coming weeks: we’ll be allowing some loan requests to be posted to the website without an English translation.

How does this help Kiva be more efficient?...

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Aug 11, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

The Latin American portfolio team is delighted to welcome Edpyme Alternativa to the Kiva family!! Operating out of the northern city of Chiclayo in Peru, Edpyme Alternativa is a regulated organization that has been working in the region for over 8 years. Their mission is to "Improve the living condition of its borrowers by supporting their entrepreneurial activities, generating employment in the... Continue Reading >>

Aug 11, 2009

Want to help redesign a website?  Looking for a way to put those engineering skills to use?  Need to channel some creative energy?  We have just the opportunity for you!
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Aug 11, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

One sunny day this July we had the pleasure of welcoming the Lending Team Captains of Kakbank (Swedish for “Cookie Bank”) into our San Francisco Office!  Peter and his team members meet up once a month at over 14 different locations, mostly in Sweden, to share cookies and Kiva loans!  While enjoying their favorite treats, group members pool together their money and decide as a team which entrepreneurs to support through Kiva loans. 

Be sure to check out their lending team and visit their website to find out more, or to...

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Aug 10, 2009

Last week, at long last, Kiva launched in Armenia with our first new partner in the country: Nor Horizon Universal Credit Organization. The first loan for Gohar Alikhanyan, a 49-year old widow who runs a fruit stand in the capital city, was funded within hours. More loans from Nor Horizon will be up on the site very soon, keep checking back on the site!To tell you a little bit about Nor Horizon, the organization was originally founded by OXFAM Great Britain. The organization's mission is to provide high-quality business development services to enterprising individuals and small-scale... Continue Reading >>

Aug 7, 2009

What's it really like to have a small candle-making or weaving workshop in Guatemala? Now you can get a closer look...Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll are two world travelers documenting their journey through The Americas on their website Uncornered Market. On the way they have been volunteering with Kiva's media program, meeting with and capturing images of Kiva Entrepreneurs to help tell their stories.Earlier this year Audrey and Daniel visited Juan and Magda, two microloan recipients in Guatemala, who allowed them to tour their workspaces for their weaving and candle-making businesses.... Continue Reading >>

Aug 7, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva's CEO, Matt Flannery, and President, Premal Shah, were interviewed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday, for the Gavin Newsom Show which broadcasts on local radio.The show will air tomorrow at 11am on Green 960. If you can pick up the radio station, be sure to tune in! Continue Reading >>

Aug 6, 2009

To many in the world, Nepal is a distant and enchanting place. A small nation of 28 million people, it is surrounded by two giants with China to the north and India to the south. Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest, known locally as Sagarmāthā, which have been attracting travellers and explorers for hundreds of years.The Nepalese people mostly practise a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism and the countryside and sky high mountains are dotted with the colourful Tibetan prayer flags that float freely in the cool Himalayan breeze (such as those in the... Continue Reading >>