Sep 12, 2006

No, we haven't been on vacation the last two weeks, we've been hard at work moving to a dedicated server to give you - and our partners across the globe - a faster and more reliable service when you visit our site. Enjoy! Continue Reading >>


Aug 31, 2006

Kiva.org is excited to announce our newest Field Partner, ADMIC (Asesoria Dinamica a Microempresas), operating in Mexico.ADMIC was established in 1980 in Monterrey, Mexico, by a group of business visionaries.ADMIC's mission is to fight poverty and unemployment in the informal economy by promoting the growth of micro-businesses. Close to ninety percent of this program's beneficiaries are low-income women who are part of solidarity groups, a lending method that allows members to cross-guarantee one another's loans in lieu of collateral. ADMIC's clients represent some of the poorest...
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Aug 22, 2006

Kiva.org is pleased to announce the addition of John Hatch, founder of FINCA, to our Advisory Board. John Hatch is the founder of FINCA, one of the world's leading microcredit institutions with programs in 23 countries and over one million low-income families assisted since its inception in 1984. John is also known as the father of "village banking", a group loan methodology now replicated by over 800 micro-credit programs in 60 countries. John's economic development career spans 44 years, during which time he was a Peace Corps volunteer and staff member (1962-67) Fulbright scholar...
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Aug 21, 2006

Kiva.org is thrilled to announce that the IRS has determined Kiva.org to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Code. We are extremely pleased that the IRS has recognized the social value of Kiva.org as a public charity, and we will be updating our site to reflect this new status as soon as possible.We would like to thanks all those that have been involved in helping Kiva.org achieve this status - both Kiva.org staff and our team of lawyers at Bingham McCutchen, San Francisco. We are extremely grateful for all your hard work - thank you! Continue Reading >>


Aug 17, 2006

Following on the tremendous success of our Kiva.org Awareness Parties in Los Angeles and San Francisco, we're bringing the party to NYC.   Why? Because Kiva parties are always a good time - and it's a great way to introduce Kiva to your friends ("Hey, wanna come to a party?"). So come along and bring your friends - we love any opportunity to meet all the Kivans out there, and of course we want to tell your friends why they should be a Kiva lender too! Where: Libation (3rd Floor)            137 Ludlow St, NYC mapWhen: Thursday, August 24, 8:00pmEntry is free for Kiva... Continue Reading >>


Aug 16, 2006

Still dominating the news, Kiva has been featured in a BusinessWeek SmallBiz slideshow. Take a minute to browse through some pics of our entrepreneurs - and forward the slideshow to your friends! There's no better way to show how Kiva works than to send them a slideshow of Kiva stories.Click through to the story here, and click on the picture of Kem Pharin in her boat surrounded by water spinach fields to click through to the slideshow.
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Aug 11, 2006

Kiva.org is currently piloting in Uganda and Kenya a solution which allows partners to update the Kiva.org website from their cell-phone.Kiva.org's partnership with Microsoft Research through the Digital Inclusion project brought to our attention the difficulties our African partners have been overcoming to access the Kiva system. Electrical power in East Africa is very often provided only every other day, and internet connections are at best extremely slow and sporadic. These conditions make uploading required content (business descriptions and updates) extremely cumbersome.As many third... Continue Reading >>


Aug 8, 2006

Kiva.org has been honored with an invitation to the second annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting, September 20-22, 2006, in New York City.This year's group will include King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Tony Blair, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, First Lady Laura Bush, Warren Buffett, Hernando de Soto, Bill Gates, Lakshmi Mittal, Rupert Murdoch, General Colin Powell, Lee Scott Jr., Muhammad Yunus, and dozens of additional distinguished leaders. This nonpartisan Initiative brings together a select group of heads of state...
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Aug 4, 2006

Kiva.org is honored to announce the addition of Sam Daley-Harris to Kiva.org's Advisory Board. Sam Daley-Harris is President and Founder of RESULTS Educational Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to mass educational strategies to generate the will to end world hunger. RESULTS Educational Fund organized the February 1997 Microcredit Summit held in Washington, D.C. The Summit was attended by more than 2,900 participants from 137 countries and launched a nine-year campaign to reach 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, with credit for... Continue Reading >>


Aug 2, 2006

We know you've been asking for it: "When are you going to put a search feature on the site?" Well, we finally got it up there and you can now search your heart out!That's right, our super sleek Businesses page now allows you to easily switch from businesses In Need, Raised, Active or Paid back, by loan amount or by date of posting.And if that's not enough, click on the "Show More Options" link and you can also search by region, sector or gender! (If I ever have to click through 500 businesses again and select a sector and gender for each one...)Thanks for your patience - we are working to... Continue Reading >>


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