Jun 16, 2008

Kiva was honored today to make TIME's "50 Best Websites 2008".Check out our listing!Listen to TIME's Anita Hamilton talking about the list, and calling out Kiva as one of her favorites! Continue Reading >>

Jun 10, 2008

You may have noticed that we changed the donation/"Help us Pay the Rent" screen during the loan checkout process.In particular, we're rotating through different pictures of Kiva Staffers to see which pictures are more likely to inspire people to donate to Kiva so that we can keep on doing what we do. For some people in the organization, it's become a mini-challenge to see who's most "popular." So, we 've been keeping track of the numbers and which pictures inspire more donations and we thought it would be fun to share the results as they stand now:The top 5 are:The picture of the meeting in... Continue Reading >>

Jun 10, 2008

Stay tuned and you'll see a special surprise on the Kiva homepage.Some explanation:We looked at some data that showed where people were looking and clicking on the homepage, and we found that not a lot of people pay much attention to the list of entrepreneurs below the fold. What's more is that the main "Featured Entrepreneur" wasn't getting the attention (i.e. number of clicks) that you would guess.Now, that's a shame since the most intriguing information we have on the Kiva site is about the entrepreneurs. And the entrepreneurs do the best job of explaining what Kiva is. So, Jonathan, one... Continue Reading >>

Jun 1, 2008
By Anonymous

Kiva Fellows from around the world work with Kiva partners to post new businesses to Kiva, post journals, and make Kiva processes as efficient as possible. Along the way, they meet many of the entrepreneurs that Kiva lenders provide funding to and witness the impact of microfinance first-hand.This week on the Kiva Fellows blog, Kiva Fellows Isadora Tang and Dylan Higgins reflect on the impact of microfinance. Isadora is currently working as a Kiva Fellow with CREDIT, one of Kiva's longest partnerships in Cambodia (and a World Relief partner), while Dylan recently completed his fellowship... Continue Reading >>

May 28, 2008

Last month in April, Kiva and Advanta Bank, one of the nation's largest issuers of credit cards to the small business market, formally announced the launch of the KivaB4B Project with a beautiful party in downtown Philadelphia. KivaB4B is a joint initiative between two unique organizations supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners. The program is simple. Advanta empowers its cardholders (well over one million) to 'double the impact' of their Kiva loans. Anytime a lender uses their Advanta credit card (or the new KivaB4B card) to make a grant, Advanta will match it - dollar for... Continue Reading >>

May 27, 2008

We're rolling out a release that the Kiva team is very excited about this week, and we hope it will excite you, too. I'll list the highlights:
  • Blended Payments: Lenders can now pay using a combination of their Kiva Credit and a PayPal transaction. In the past, you could only really use one or the other (so if your transaction amount exceeded your Kiva Credit, you couldn't really use your Kiva Credit). That's fixed now. While fixing it, we made some changes to clean up the overall checkout flow.
  • We made some changes to our "Pay the Rent" page during the checkout flow to make it...
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May 22, 2008

Kiva Fellow Drew Kinder, who has been working with BRAC Uganda, was recently visited in Uganda by his daughter, Molly. Molly wrote a fascinating blog about her experience visiting her father in Uganda and seeing microfinance first-hand. Check it out! Continue Reading >>

May 22, 2008

Kiva Lenders are currently funding 2070 entrepreneurs who received Kiva loans through South Pacific Business Development.Samoa has 214,000 people: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoa Kiva Lenders are currently funding 1% of the people in an entire nation! Continue Reading >>

May 21, 2008

Matt Flannery just returned from the Google Zeitgeist in the UK, where he spoke on a panel about technology, new business models and change behaviors from retail to philanthropy.Matt was surprised to hear Queen Rania quoting some Kiva stats during her speech, skip to 5 minutes in for the Kiva shout out! Continue Reading >>

May 14, 2008

The Kiva website experienced some unexpected downtime today between the hours of 2pm-3:30pm PST. Our web provider seems to have run some maintenance tasks that brought the site down without informing us first. We apologize for the outage and are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. The site should be back up and happy now.Thanks for understanding. Continue Reading >>