Feb 23, 2009

Kiva's engineering team has been working on an experiment for the last few weeks to see how we can bring borrowers and lenders closer. In the past, we've seen that photographs have been one of the biggest ways for our lenders to feel connected to our borrowers.We decided to take that a step farther by experimenting with a new medium: video! Our first video-profile loan is up on the site and hopefully you'll see a few more trickle up to the site as we experiment with this functionality. We'll also be pushing to have more video journals up on the site over the next month or so.We wanted to keep... Continue Reading >>

Feb 23, 2009

Hey Kivans, As you are probably aware, Kiva believes in the power of people across the globe to come together in pursuit of poverty alleviation through microfinance. In our operations, hundreds of volunteers support the editing and translating of businesses and the Kiva office is often teeming with volunteer interns and consultants from Oliver Wyman pitching in. Uniquely and relatedly, David Roodman... Continue Reading >>

Feb 20, 2009

Check out VivaKiva, a website that explains Kiva in Italian (English translation here).They've even made their own animation to explain the Kiva concept: Who knows what we'll see next! Continue Reading >>

Feb 19, 2009

We pushed a new version of the website last night. Here's a summary of some of the changes we made:
  • Fixed loans that were incorrectly marked "Paid Back" and restored them to "Active" status.
  • If you've made a loan to a group, your transaction history will show the name of the group, instead of the group leader's name.
  • Moved the transaction history out of the "Account" section under "My Portfolio" and added it to the left nav under "My Portfolio".
  • Added a running balance to the transaction history (this is also added to the Excel spreadsheet generated by the...
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Feb 18, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Today marks our first feature update to the Kiva API. It is appropriate, perhaps, that part of this release is a way for you to track future updates we make to the system.  You may have noticed a new section on the front page of build.kiva.org this evening which shows the current API status and the release number and age of the current build. This way, if things seem to have changed since you last tested your app, you'll know if it was us. The build number of the API will always change if we push new code (coincidentally, this applies to changes to the Kiva website...

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Feb 17, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Wow.  We're pretty excited about what's happening with the API thus far. Within a couple of hours of the launch we saw the first use of the API on a blog and in the first week there were four API toolkits for accessing the API in a range of languages. Here's a couple of other things that popped up that caught our eye:

  • a service that lets you sign up for email alerts for your favorite loan categories
  • a map that lets you browse for new loans geographically
  • a Wordpress widget for lenders to showcase their loans
  • this world...
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Feb 17, 2009

Just a friendly reminder that the Kiva Community Conference Call will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18th at 2pm PST / 5PM EST. 
You can use the following dial-in information to access the conference line:
Dial In (U.S.): 866-740-1260
Dial In (Outside U.S.): +1 303-248-0285
Access Code: 6415483
We'd love to hear you on the call!
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Feb 13, 2009

For those who haven't read their February Kiva Newsletter, you haven't met Aiesha! Creative Counsel have captured the story of Kiva Lender Aiesha, of Brooklyn NY, as part of the 1000 Voices Archive.Click here to meet Aiesha! Continue Reading >>

Feb 12, 2009

A video about Kiva is the featured video on the Nonprofits & Activism site for YouTube today. You can view the video at the top of the page today by clicking here. This video was created for us by Intel as part of their SmallThingsChallenge program.Also, check out the Kiva channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/kivamicrofunds to see more videos posted by Kiva. Continue Reading >>

Feb 11, 2009

Kiva was featured on Daily Grommet today, and Jules and Joanne are now Kiva Lenders!Welcome, Daily Grommet! Continue Reading >>