Aug 20, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post by Elli Bishop, a writer for BusinessBee, a site dedicated to providing readers with the latest business news. In a city where the lights are literally going out, it's good to know that there are some glimmers of hope. For Detroit, which filed for bankruptcy mid-July, and where nearly 40 percent of the city's streetlights remain dark, that glimmer is innovative programs, like Kiva Zip and Michigan Corps, that are committed to...
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Aug 16, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is very excited to welcome Yunus Social Business (YSB) Funds as a new partner! In this earlier blog post we explained the importance of social businesses, which are defined as non-dividend businesses specifically created to solve a social problem. YSB was created in 2011 to expand and raise awareness about this movement, and offers advisory services and incubator funds to social businesses. They are currently working in Haiti, Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Tunisia and Togo with plans to continue expanding globally. YSB was co-founded by Professor Muhammed Yunus, who... Continue Reading >>


Aug 13, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva just launched a bunch of brand new features and improvements to the website. Here are some things too look out for: Google+ Integration Helping our lenders spread the word about Kiva is important for us to reach even more people! Whether it's in person or online, it's you that makes Kiva grow. For each user that shares Kiva through one of their social networks, we get three new visitors to our website. We've now added a new way to share Kiva by adding a button to share your loan on Google+. Make a loan and try it out! Loan Tagging Finding a... Continue Reading >>


Aug 12, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Prior to becoming a Kiva Zip Fellow, I had not seen examples of microlending in the U.S. and initially questioned what kind of impact a Kiva microloan could have here compared to countries in which a dollar stretches much further.  However, after serving three months as a fellow in Newark, NJ, I have seen first-hand the power each Kiva Zip loan has.  
 
While creative and determined small business owners abound in this country, 3,000 of them are turned down for loans by banks every day.  The need for capital is great and Kiva Zip...
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Aug 10, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva just launched a new partnership with the Abaarso School of Science and Technology in Somaliland! Through this partnership, Kiva lenders will be able to make loans to help students afford quality secondary education! Somaliland is an incredibly poor region of Somalia. The education system is weak, school fees are high, and many bright students never have the opportunity to learn. In this challenging environment, Abaarso is determined to make change. Named for the small village where it is located, the school is built on donated loand and has traditionally been funded by... Continue Reading >>


Aug 8, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

'Settings' can aptly be described as the plumbing of a website. They’re considerably less glamorous than the core product (e.g. lending on Kiva, posting photos on Instagram, etc.), but when they don’t work as expected it can lead to a big mess. On Kiva, the different controls we categorize as “Settings” include the type and frequency of emails you receive, how (and if) your name and photo display publicly on the Kiva website, what to do with funds that are repaid, etc. Making sure that you know how to set up your account the way you want it is part of creating a great user experience. With... Continue Reading >>


Aug 8, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Following our collaborative learning event with the Grameen Foundation on Human Centered design, we're continuing to explore effective products for the poor with our mini blog series. Our first blog covered the main concepts within product design in international development. To read more, click here. In this second installment, we explore the way Kiva partners are meeting the needs of the poor by placing their needs first and foremost. One Size definitely does not fit all - at least not with financial products. How can farmers and the poorest individuals... Continue Reading >>


Aug 7, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We're so excited to announce a unique partnership with Etsy today to help artisans around the world get the capital they need to grow their businesses and succeed! For those who aren't familiar, Etsy is the online marketplace where people can connect to buy and sell handmade and other creative goods. With 900,000 shops and 60 million unique visitors a month, Etsy is reimagining commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling, sustainable world. This, of course, is directly in line with Kiva's mission to expand opportunity to people building sustainable businesses. It was... Continue Reading >>


Jul 22, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Ann Marie is our Volunteer of the Month for July! She works tirelessly as part of our Review and Translation Program to make loan postings accessible on the Kiva website. Without dedicated volunteers like Ann Marie, we wouldn't be able to help as many borrowers change their lives with small loans. "Kiva serves a great purpose, introducing us to and letting us fund small businesses. Working with Kiva helps us better understand the borrowers. We translate loans for individuals who often operate out of their homes and rely on this business model for their sustenance and growth.... Continue Reading >>


Jul 18, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Assilassimé in Togo! Very few microfinance institutions provide credit to the very poor in Togo. Assilassimé (“Hand in Hand” in Ewe, the local language) is distinguished in the Togolese microfinance landscape because it offers services only to vulnerable individuals in the Lomé area, particularly unbanked individuals, the disabled, single mothers, sex workers, people living with HIV, and widows. Kiva funding will help the organization expand its reach so it can work with even more... Continue Reading >>


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