Sep 17, 2006 is today launching its Community Partner relationship with the new Bay & Taylor Starbucks location in San Francisco. We'll be at the store tonight from 3:00pm - 8:00pm introducing customers to with a loan station created specifically for this partnership. is very excited to be partnering with Starbucks, who has an impressive record of contributing back to the communities in which they operate - both those to which they sell coffee and those from which they buy coffee. We're looking forward to the day someone can walk into any...
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Sep 15, 2006 is proud to be announce Geoff Davis, President and CEO of Unitus, as the latest addition to its Advisory Board.  Geoff Davis is President and CEO of Unitus, a social venture capital investor for the microfinance industry. Geoff has worked with microfinance programs worldwide since 1995, beginning with a program he founded in central Mexico. He was an early employee at Grameen Foundation USA, a global microfinance leader. Geoff has spoken widely on microfinance at the International Monetary Fund, Harvard, Stanford and conferences in...
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Sep 13, 2006

That's right - Frontline World, of the national TV station PBS, will be filming a story on over the next 2 weeks to be aired in late October. The piece will cover the story from our day to day operations in the San Francisco office right through to the activities of our borrowers - some of whom Frontline World will be filming on location in Uganda. We are so thrilled to have this opportunity to have the story told on national television - particularly as Frontline World will actually meeting some of our borrowers to learn about their...
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Sep 12, 2006

No, we haven't been on vacation the last two weeks, we've been hard at work moving to a dedicated server to give you - and our partners across the globe - a faster and more reliable service when you visit our site. Enjoy! Continue Reading >>

Aug 31, 2006 is excited to announce our newest Field Partner, ADMIC (Asesoria Dinamica a Microempresas), operating in Mexico. ADMIC was established in 1980 in Monterrey, Mexico, by a group of business visionaries. ADMIC's mission is to fight poverty and unemployment in the informal economy by promoting the growth of micro-businesses. Close to ninety percent of this program's beneficiaries are low-income women who are part of solidarity groups, a lending method that allows members to cross-guarantee one another's loans in lieu of collateral....
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Aug 22, 2006 is pleased to announce the addition of John Hatch, founder of FINCA, to our Advisory Board.  John Hatch is the founder of FINCA, one of the world's leading microcredit institutions with programs in 23 countries and over one million low-income families assisted since its inception in 1984. John is also known as the father of "village banking", a group loan methodology now replicated by over 800 micro-credit programs in 60 countries. John's economic development career spans 44 years, during which time he was a Peace Corps volunteer and...
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Aug 21, 2006 is thrilled to announce that the IRS has determined to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Code. We are extremely pleased that the IRS has recognized the social value of as a public charity, and we will be updating our site to reflect this new status as soon as possible.We would like to thanks all those that have been involved in helping achieve this status - both staff and our team of lawyers at Bingham McCutchen, San Francisco. We are extremely grateful for all your hard work - thank you! Continue Reading >>

Aug 17, 2006

Following on the tremendous success of our Awareness Parties in Los Angeles and San Francisco, we're bringing the party to NYC.   Why? Because Kiva parties are always a good time - and it's a great way to introduce Kiva to your friends ("Hey, wanna come to a party?"). So come along and bring your friends - we love any opportunity to meet all the Kivans out there, and of course we want to tell your friends why they should be a Kiva lender too! Where: Libation (3rd Floor)            137 Ludlow St, NYC mapWhen: Thursday, August 24, 8:00pmEntry is free for Kiva... Continue Reading >>

Aug 16, 2006

Still dominating the news, Kiva has been featured in a BusinessWeek SmallBiz slideshow. Take a minute to browse through some pics of our entrepreneurs - and forward the slideshow to your friends! There's no better way to show how Kiva works than to send them a slideshow of Kiva stories. Click through to the story here, and click on the picture of Kem Pharin in her boat surrounded by water spinach fields to click through to the slideshow.
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Aug 11, 2006 is currently piloting in Uganda and Kenya a solution which allows partners to update the website from their's partnership with Microsoft Research through the Digital Inclusion project brought to our attention the difficulties our African partners have been overcoming to access the Kiva system. Electrical power in East Africa is very often provided only every other day, and internet connections are at best extremely slow and sporadic. These conditions make uploading required content (business descriptions and updates) extremely cumbersome.As many third... Continue Reading >>