May 14, 2009

As you may have noticed, Kiva is growing! In order to keep up with the rapid change of pace, the Kiva Fellows Program has made some adjustments. 
Effective Wednesday, the Kiva Fellows Program has a new online application, which you can see here: The new format does a better job of emphasizing the traits, skills and experiences which make for successful fellowships. These include a clear motivation statement, extensive independent travel experience, language proficiency appropriate to a country in which Kiva works, a...
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May 13, 2009

Kiva recently gained ownership of the official "kiva" name on Twitter, and we want to let people know where they can find us!  To help get the message out, we're launching a campaign this Friday the 15th as part of "Follow Friday."  For those not familiar, "Follow Friday" is a trend on the micro-blogging service Twitter where people recommend other users on Twitter that are worth Following.  We'... Continue Reading >>

May 12, 2009

For those in the SF area, come meet Kiva's newest class of Fellows before they depart to the field next Wednesday night. Open to the extended Kiva community and the local microfinance and social entrepreneurship community. Drinks will be available to purchase. Street level parking is available. See here for party details. Continue Reading >>

May 11, 2009

I started with Kiva about eight months ago, and as the new IT guy I decided to put in place a new backup and monitoring regime for our users. We decided to go with JungleDisk, and we’re super happy with it. Also, we approached JungleDisk with our cause and they wanted to support us.If you don't know Jungledisk is, it's an online backup solution - you install the JungleDisk workgroup app, and it backs up your computer to disk space you rent online (in our case at Amazon S3).Overall, we're super happy with JungleDisk. When I see my backup report in the morning, I don't have to care where my... Continue Reading >>

May 7, 2009

Nau, a natural clothing company and Kiva supporter, had a promotional party last week in New York City. Two Kiva Fellows attended the event, held at PR firm Mfa, and got to see firsthand how Kiva camaraderie can inspire a workplace.
Check out their Kiva map - A good idea for every office!
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May 7, 2009

Join the Kiva Community in San Francisco on May 23rd! The Go Game is an all-out urban adventure game using cell phones and flip cameras. Out teams will compete by following clues on wireless devices and hints planted in unlikely places, which guide teams to wacky missions. This game is the "Kiva FUNdraiser Movie Game." Teams will create a short movie as part of their missions.100% of the registration fees ($30) will benefit the Kiva Fellows Program to help train our volunteer Kiva Fellows who spend 10 weeks to 1... Continue Reading >>

May 5, 2009

Phun Them is a silk weaver in Cambodia, who is currently repaying a $400 loan to purchase silk. Recently, she was shown the the business page for her loan and the lender profiles for the lenders who contributed to her loan. Watch the video below!!This video was created by Advanta's Kiva B4B program. The Kiva B4B program matches loans made to Kiva entrepreneurs using... Continue Reading >>

May 5, 2009

Kiva is one of 150 finalists for the TiE50 awards selected from 1,200 nominees!  Together, let's put Kiva on the map as one of the hottest 50 emerging companies today.  
So, vote now to help ensure Kiva makes the Top 50- there will be 10 winners in each of the five segments.  Voting closes this Thursday on May 7th, so hurry! 
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May 4, 2009

When I visit borrowers here in Paraguay, I am continuously inspired by the women I meet. Young mothers, old mothers, grandmothers, and single mothers, all of them working tirelessly to make ends meet, send their children to school, and achieve some financial stability for their families. Sometimes, when I hear one of these women call her daughter to a meal or lament her son's disobediance, I think to myself: "My mom would say... Continue Reading >>

May 1, 2009

It's official - April was the third record breaking month on Kiva in a row!From 1 - 30 April, Kiva Lenders loaned $4,487,875 to entrepreneurs around the world. That's $149,596 every day.Or $103.89 EVERY MINUTE.That's the most loaned on Kiva in one month ever.Now that would be exciting enough in itself, but consider that this is the third month in a row that we've had the "biggest month ever."February topped $3.8m (beating December 08... Continue Reading >>