Apr 5, 2007

Do you want more inside info on Kiva.org? Now you can get the inside scoop listening to Kiva Podcasts. The Kiva Podcasts will feature interviews with Kiva.org staff in San Francisco, Kiva Field Partner staff located around the globe and Kiva Lenders who'd like to share their experience lending through Kiva.org.Listen to your Kiva Podcasts here or register for the podcast on iTunes; just search for "Kiva" in the Podcast Directory. And if you're quick, you can be the first to write a customer review on iTunes. Continue Reading >>

Apr 4, 2007

October 31st will always be a special date in Kiva.org history.Just a year after Daily Kos launched Kiva.org to life, Frontline/WORLD launched Kiva.org into the stratosphere. When the documentary Uganda: A Little Goes A Long Way first aired at 6:30pm PST on October 31st 2006 our website promptly crashed as viewers logged on to the website to make their first loan. Over the next four days our engineers worked day and night to get the website back up and able to handle the massive traffic spike. Within 2 months our loan volume had increased from $500k to $2m and it hasn't stopped. Thank you... Continue Reading >>

Apr 3, 2007

Are you excited about Kiva.org? Then Get Involved!Kiva.org is a tool for You - and we want you to make it your own, take ownership and get it out there!Have you checked out Kiva Friends? Meet other Kiva Lenders and enthusiasts, share ways to market Kiva.org in your local area and discuss any aspect of Kiva.org in The Lounge. This is a website for you, created by a Kiva Volunteer, so make the most of it!If you're in the Vancouver area, check out Agents of Change, a Canadian non-profit formed this year (by some of the most motivated people in the northern hemisphere), organizing a bike ride... Continue Reading >>

Apr 2, 2007

The power of Kiva.org is in facilitating communication between the developing world and the developed world. Pictures, words, data in the form of loan repayments, they all tell us something about the lives of people who can live very far from us geographically, but are similar to us in so many ways. Greg Kelly, is a staff member for REDC (Regional Economic Development Center) in Sliven, Bulgaria. Greg recently shared some of his experiences as a loan officer for a Kiva Partner:"As I was completing the paperwork for our partnership with Kiva, a tall, dark-skinned young man entered my office... Continue Reading >>

Mar 30, 2007

Kiva.org is proud to announce partnership with Mekong Plus, our first Field Partner in Vietnam:

Mekong Plus is an NGO of European origin that was registered in Vietnam in 1994, and has been working in Cambodia since 2004. Mainly focusing on community development and individual participation in the community development process, Mekong Plus works together with the ultra poor to create a more equal and sustainable world.

Mekong Plus believes in low cost, long-term solutions to poverty alleviation and sustainable developement. There is no particular "project" that Mekong...

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Mar 29, 2007

Kiva.org will be having our first ever Second Life Meetup on Monday, April 2 at noon Pacific Time.Why? It's a great way to meet Kiva Enthusiasts from all over the world! Come along and visit the Kiva Second Life Office, and ask Kiva.org's Community and Operations Manager, Fiona Ramsey, any questions you might have about Kiva.org. She'll be happy to answer your questions - even as an avatar.Use this SLURL to transport to the Kiva office:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Merricks%20Landing%202/106/165/24Alternatively, IM Fiona Jamasa (Fiona Ramsey, Kiva.org Community and Operations Manager) or Don... Continue Reading >>

Mar 28, 2007

Thanks to everyone who yesterday forwarded Nicholas Kristof's New York Times column to their friends, family, colleagues, strangers, and told the world about Kiva.org! The column is still the fourth most e-mailed article in The New York Times, and Kiva.org has now passed the $4 million loaned mark - and we're not slowing! As you keep lending, Kiva Field Partners will keep posting new and inspiring entrepreneurs to our website to get their businesses started. Nicholas Kristof's blog received a large number of comments yesterday in response to his column - thanks to all those who wrote in... Continue Reading >>

Mar 27, 2007

It's not every day at Kiva.org that we are lucky enough to see video of one of the entrepreneurs listed on our website. Watching a Kiva Entrepreneur smile proudly as they work in their place of business is a rare treat, and something that is emailed around the Kiva office faster than you can say "Click here to download".So when Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times contacted us about visiting his loan recipients in Kabul, Afghanistan, we were of course eager to hear about Abdul's bakery and what it was like to meet him.Better yet, Nicholas filmed the experience and has shared it with the... Continue Reading >>

Mar 23, 2007

Kiva.org is proud to announce its first partnership in Bolivia, with IMPRO (Incubadora de Microempresas Productivas): IMPRO is a non-for-profit organization that has been offering micro credit to the working poor in the cities of La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia since 1995. Our goal is to fight poverty by giving access to credit to small microbusiness owners that otherwise would not be able to access credit from the regular banking system due to lack of guaranties or collateral.

We also have a social impact on our clients' lives since our program "housing and habitat improvement" is...

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Mar 21, 2007

We are excited to announce an additional Ugandan Field Partner, Share An Opportunity Micro Finance, operating out of Kampala:Share An Opportunity Micro Finance Ltd (SAO) is a SACCO promoter and direct microfinance provider. It started microfinance operations in 1998 on a pilot basis in several districts. The aim was to learn from communities what their perceptions of the different approaches and methodologies in financial services existed. The lessons were encouraging and led to the official registration of SAO MFI (U) Ltd in 2002 as a promoter of branded SACCOs. It is supporting fourteen (14... Continue Reading >>