Apr 23, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Mark your calendars! The Kiva Developer Garage will be Saturday, June 6th at 1pm in San Francisco.  We'll have snacks all day, and pizza for those who stay through dinner.  Collaborate with other developers and designers, including members of the Kiva engineering team. UPDATE: RSVP via Facebook or Upcoming!  For more information, see the wiki. (Special thanks to ncbeets for use of her awesome garage photo on the front page.)


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Apr 20, 2009

Over the weekend, the White House announced a new $100 million microfinance growth fund for the western hemisphere:The global credit crisis is having a significant and harmful impact on the availability of finance for micro and small businesses that provide a majority of the jobs in the Hemisphere. This is one of the factors jeopardizing recent hard won gains in reducing poverty. While the region has a wealth of microfinance institutions, these lenders are now confronting a serious shortage of private finance from both international and local sources. As the supply of lending is shrinking... Continue Reading >>

Apr 17, 2009

Hugh Jackman is giving away 100K to one person's favorite charity via Twitter. So, if you're on Twitter and want to help us give a face to Kiva.org, it's time to share that love and show him what our favorite non-profit is!
View his original tweet hereand remember, we have to convince him by using only 140 characters or less. It's time to unleash the Tsunami on Hugh Jackman, let the games begin!
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Apr 17, 2009

Hello Fellow Kivans --I just wanted to share the latest development from Vietnam. Our newest Vietnamese partner - Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women - has completed their Pilot phase and will be moving to Active status effective immediately. Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women joined Kiva in late 2008 and has worked diligently - with assistance from Kiva Fellows James MacKenzie... Continue Reading >>

Apr 16, 2009

This Friday (tomorrow), Kiva Co-Founder Matt Flannery will be on a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. It will be a huge honor for Kiva to be featured alongside other Bay Area Changemaking organizations like The Institute OneWorld Health, The Global Heritage Foundation, The Skoll Foundation, The Draper Richards Foundation and Google.org. Come out to the Fairmount if you are in town and manage to get tickets....we hear it may be sold out but you can call the CommonWealth Club below to find out if there is any last minute availability!... Continue Reading >>

Apr 15, 2009

A little apparel company based out of Portland, OR, called Nau, consists of a small group of people committed to positive change. They believe that they have a broader responsibility than simply generating profit.From now though the end of May, Nau is offering our network a discount of 30% off full priced items on orders placed online at www.nau.com. In addition, Nau will donate 10% of each sale we generate to Kiva.To help support Kiva and outfit yourself in clothing with a conscience at the same time, simply enter the promo code “LOVE4KIVA” during the checkout process while placing an order... Continue Reading >>

Apr 15, 2009

Just a reminder that today's Community Conference Call will happen at 2 pm PDT. We'll be discussing a new Kiva feature - loan matching - that we hope to roll out later this year. 
We'll be discussing this presentation during the call, if you'd like to follow along:
To get access to the call, use this call-in info:
Dial in US...
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Apr 14, 2009

One of the problems we often hear about from Kiva lenders who are members of Lending Teams is that they get too many team message emails. They want to be connected to their teams and be informed when teammates post messages, but sometimes the number of emails they receive just gets downright overwhelming!So, we're introducing a new email daily digest mode for team messages. Lenders can go to the Email Preferences section of their account (note: you'll need to log in to get there) and ask Kiva to send them team messages "No more than once a day" or "Never" or "As they arrive." Here's a... Continue Reading >>

Apr 14, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

Our Happy Hour last week was a success!  If you weren't able to make it, you can still join the conversation on our Google Group. A quick run down: We had a great turn-out, from independent designers to non-profit leaders to google engineers.  Some people have already created apps, while others were looking for partners and inspiration (over beer and cake).  Skylar shared plans for the Kiva API; and Kiva's CEO & President spoke about the Kiva vision, and how developers can take part in shaping its future. Throughout the party, a big screen higlighted...

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Apr 9, 2009

In this week's blog posting "Poverty Isn't Always Pretty," Kiva Fellow Rob Cavese reflects on six months serving in Tajikistan and the Philippines. We give our wholehearted thanks to Rob for his service and sincere engagement in the challenges of microfinance in the field. Please click on the title of this post to read his posting. Continue Reading >>