Feb 20, 2014 GO Global Update

Forget the Olympics, the real team excitement is going down on Kiva and you don’t have to wait four years to be a part of it. 
 
Kiva Lending Teams are a great way for people to share their passion for lending and supporting borrowers around the world. They're also a great way to connect with other lenders via a similar interest, hobby, or even sense of humor.
 
Here are seven incredible, tight-knit Kiva lending communities that need to be on your radar. If you like what you see, you can sign up...
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Feb 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Happy Valentine’s Day from Kiva! To show our un-defaulting love for you, Kiva created five fun and fabulous KIVAlentines for all our crush-worthy lenders. Share the Kiva Love today with your sweetheart, your friends or your fellow lenders! And remember, with Kiva you are never a loan on Valentine’s Day.

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Feb 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

At Kiva we believe creating a great user experience is essential to accomplishing our mission of connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty. The Kiva website acts as a bridge between lenders and borrowers, allowing them to feel a sense of connection with one another. Not only does a person’s experience with the Kiva website impact their lending activity, but it can also affect their motivation to contribute time and money to social good in other areas of their lives.
 
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Feb 7, 2014 US United States

How do students help change the lives of people they've never met, from 10,000 miles away? They believe in them. And give them the financial tools to help themselves.
 
As part of the Kiva U program, 200 seniors from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep are about to embark on their senior service project to create small businesses and raise revenue from their community. Then, to pay homage to Nelson Mandela, the students will use the profits to fund loans in South Africa on Kiva. Like Kiva borrowers, these students don’t have access to traditional credit and...
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Feb 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Fellows proudly show where they are headed!
A snapshot of Kiva Fellow life during fellows training week: 
 
Drink coffee, lots of it. Learn more than you brain can hold about the Kiva model. Bond with other fellows headed all over the world. Learn how to check on a borrower’s progress. Get really pumped about all the borrowers you'll get to meet! Quick tutorial on photography. Drink more coffee, you're only getting started…
 
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Jan 30, 2014

By connecting people we can create relationships beyond financial transactions, and build a global community expressing support and encouragement of one another. -  Premal Shah, President  
From the beginning, Kiva set out to foster community on a global scale. And you (all of you!) made that dream a reality. Lenders came together to find new ways to expand Kiva’s reach and borrowers used their loans to bring new opportunities to their communities.
 
In the coming weeks we want to take time to celebrate these...
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Jan 28, 2014 SV El Salvador, GH Ghana, TG Togo

As Kiva’s 23rd Fellows class (KF23) prepares to go out into the field, there are so many questions about the adventures and challenges ahead.  Former Kiva Fellow Juan Barbed’s answer is this exhilarating mash up of his incredible journey, starting in El Salvador and then following him through Ghana and Togo.

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Jan 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

“I really liked the way the site was constructed and level of engagement Kiva had with its lenders. I decided that it was the kind of organization that I’d like to spend more time with.” City: Wayzata, MN Language: English Team: Loan Stars Time with Kiva: 1 year, 3 months Outstanding contributions to Kiva: Lynn, always a conscientious editor, is also a great help on the Volunteer Forum. She is quick to answer questions from other volunteers and helps to create a sense of community on the forum.... Continue Reading >>


Jan 17, 2014 BO Bolivia

Mentioning “water” and “Bolivia” in the same sentence can be contentious. In 2000, one of Bolivia’s largest cities, Cochabamba, was engulfed in protests against the privatization of the city’s water supply to foreign investors, most notably Bechtel Corp. In the aftermath of what was known as the “Cochabamba Water Wars,” clean water supply in the city and surrounding areas remained inadequate.  To this day, many families lack a connection to clean water supply entirely. Those who do have access to water have shaky and unreliable service for a scant number of hours each day....
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Jan 15, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

If you’ve been lending on Kiva for a while, you might already be familiar with our commitment to innovation — from loan products like chlorine water dispensers with Evidence Action to site features like the lending collections page. One of the ways we promote innovation at Kiva is by testing new site experiments that might be useful — features such as kiva.org/live, loan tagging and the borrower previews that appear in lending team messages. While many of these features end up being wildly successful, there are others that don't catch on, need more polish, cause a large maintenance...
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