Aug 2, 2006

We know you've been asking for it: "When are you going to put a search feature on the site?" Well, we finally got it up there and you can now search your heart out!That's right, our super sleek Businesses page now allows you to easily switch from businesses In Need, Raised, Active or Paid back, by loan amount or by date of posting.And if that's not enough, click on the "Show More Options" link and you can also search by region, sector or gender! (If I ever have to click through 500 businesses again and select a sector and gender for each one...)Thanks for your patience - we are working to... Continue Reading >>

Jul 31, 2006

Last week had a record week, receiving over $23,000 in loan funds! That's FIFTY loans that were raised last week and every last cent that you sent us will be sent to your chosen loan receipient. This is our biggest week yet and we are so excited for the massive support our lenders have shown our entrepreneurs by helping them get the loan they need. We also received a lot of emails last week from people who read the BusinessWeek article about Kiva or saw the ABC News Now story and forwarded it to their friends and... Continue Reading >>

Jul 28, 2006

If you've never visited PledgeBank before, it's a great place to find others who care about the same issues you do andwant to do something about it.Currently 16 people have pledged to make a loan through but only if the number of pledgers reaches 35 by August 1. So what are you waiting for? Call your friends, tell your neighbors, email your in-laws and join the pledge. There's power in numbers! Continue Reading >>

Jul 27, 2006

If you haven't been getting enough in the media, you're in luck. Matt and Premal ('s CEO and President respectively) will be interviewed live tonight on "The Progressive Forum", broadcast in the Houston area on KPFT Pacifica Radio. Tune in at 8pm Houston Time (that's 6pm Pacific, 7pm Mountain and 9pm Eastern) to hear the show. If you're in the Houston jump on the dial at 90.1FM, if you're too far to pick up the waves listen live over the internet here. Continue Reading >>

Jul 26, 2006

If you've been getting the feeling that has been exploding in the media - you would be right! BusinessWeek on Friday, Wall Street Journal on Tuesday and today we were featured in an ABC News Now story! What a wildfire week! Check out our very own Matt Flannery and Premal Shah interviewed on ABC News, featuring footage from the field of two of our favorite entrepreneurs, Julius Ocola in Uganda and Lucy Oltingidi in Kenya (special thanks to Jon Rodriguez of into(context) for shooting the footage of...
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Jul 24, 2006

What a weekend!  Since our article in BusinessWeek came out on Friday (page 64 if you haven't already seen it) we've received over $10,000 in loans! Businesses have been funded like hot cakes, and our partners have all seen the article online and were excited to send extra loan requests last night due to the jump in site traffic. So to all of our new BusinessWeek lenders - "Welcome" - and thanks, on behalf of our entrepreneurs, for your loans over the weekend. You might not know this but many of... Continue Reading >>

Jul 21, 2006

Pick up your copy of BusinessWeek today - is featured in a story in this week's edition titled "A Little Money Goes A Long Way".  Special thanks to lenders Ann Brown and Bill Gilroy who were happy to speak to the BusinessWeek reporter - we love that the story included some of the people who really make happen. And thank you to all of the lenders - you've brought to the attention of BusinessWeek, and the rest of the world. (Now if we can just get a copy of the story to Maria Martinez in Honduras to let her know business is famous!) Check out the story online... Continue Reading >>

Jul 19, 2006

Do you get hooked on reading our business updates? Do you love getting those emails telling you how Sarah Wairimu in Kenya is doing selling her vegetables, or Maria's famous tortillas in Honduras? We're totally hooked, and we just made it a whole lot easier to keep tabs on all of the updates that come in each day from across the world.We've added a link at the top of each page, Latest Journals, which takes you to a page dedicated to the journals posted by our partners. See your favorite business? Click on the "Recommend Journal" button at the bottom of the journal to recommend that business... Continue Reading >>

Jul 18, 2006

BusinessWeek Online has published a podcast about, saying that "As the intersection between peer-to-peer financing and philanthropy, is harnessing the power of social networking to support microenterprise in the developing world". The segment features President Premal Shah explaining the ins and outs of our loans - a great link to forward your friends who haven't yet heard of  Listen to the podcast here.
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Jul 17, 2006's CEO, Matt Flannery, will be interviewed today on KUOW 94.9 in Seattle, broadcast nationwide by NPR. "Weekday" will be discussing the topic "Is Microfinance Changing the World?" with Alex Counts, President and CEO of Grameen Foundation USA, Raj Shah, Director for Financial Services and Agriculture with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and our very own Matt Flannery! Tune in at 9am PST for the show. Update: listen to the broadcast here

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