Feb 3, 2009

This morning we launched the Kiva API and our new developer website, build.kiva.org. If you're a hacker, a hard core developer, or just curious, head over to the site now to check it out!
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Feb 2, 2009

The Microcredit Summit Campaign last week released the 2009 State of the Campaign Report, revealing that more than 106 million of the world's poorest families received a microloan in 2007.Read the press release here.Download the report here.The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a U.S.-based grassroots advocacy organization committed to ending hunger and poverty. Continue Reading >>

Jan 29, 2009

During Kiva Fellows training, we are having a friendly competition to recruit new lenders. We have until 7am West Coast time Friday morning to recruit as many new Kiva lenders as possible. Please help us spread the word!Please register at Kiva.org RIGHT NOW using this URLGo to https://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=registerAnd write next to "referred by a friend" this emailteam3@fellows.kiva.orgHURRY!!! Continue Reading >>

Jan 29, 2009

Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball follows up his video on the evolution of a Kiva loan with a few more insights into how the loan profile gets to Kiva lenders in the first place. Lorne Warwick, a volunteer Kiva Editor, joins him in telling the story. Like the windshield on a motor-taxi in Phnom Penh rush hour, transparency is vital to Kiva’s survival.... Continue Reading >>

Jan 29, 2009

Way back in the summer when we launched Kiva Lending Teams, we had no idea how active some of our lending teams could become and how popular team message boards would be. Some of the most interesting content on our website is generated by team members posting to team message boards. 
If you're a member of a lending team, whenever someone posts to the team message board you'll get an email. As some lending team members will tell you (I'm talking to you, Team Obama), getting lots and lots of these emails can get a little difficult to manage. 
So we added a...
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Nov 17, 2008

Many people have been asking me what the impact of the global financial crisis is, or will be, on microfinance. So, when two papers passed my desk this morning, I thought Kiva lenders might be interested in reading them too:Click here to download the Foundation for Development Cooperation's briefing note titled "Impact of the Global Finanical Crisis on Microfinance".Click here to download "Micro's Moment", an article by Sam Mendelson ( smmendelson A.T. googlemail.com ), published in Financial World magazine ( www.financialworld.co.uk ). Continue Reading >>

Nov 17, 2008

Some of you may know that Kiva maintains a two-week release cycle, so that every two weeks we release changes to the website. Sometimes these changes are more noticeable than others. In the last couple weeks, the vast majority of what we’ve been working on has been fixes for issues introduced when we changed our repayment accounting system (and we continue to work on these as highest priority in order to iron them out as quickly as possible).One slight improvement we are releasing this week is based on the issue we received the most customer feedback about over the past two months: people... Continue Reading >>

Nov 13, 2008

As both Fiona and Roma have previously mentioned, we recently made the transition to a new partner administration system. The new system allows our partners greater flexibility in reporting and is aimed at increasing transparency, giving more accurate data, revising our billing process to better reflect realities on the ground, and adding some financial protection to Kiva by only giving our lenders repayments that Kiva has actually received.What does this mean for your Kiva account?Since we closed out one billing system and are opening up another, you... Continue Reading >>

Nov 12, 2008

It has been a over a week since the results of the US presidential election. In the spirit of Kiva connecting people across the world I put together a video with the thoughts of Kiva borrowers in Kenya on Barack Obama. Check out the video: Continue Reading >>