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Kiva Blog Updates

Dec 2, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
We are introducing an exciting new feature to the Kiva website - social performance badges for our Field Partners. Listen in on Part 4 of Kiva's Webinar Series to learn what these badges are all about and how to use them as you lend on Kiva.
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Dec 2, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
The 2012 Kiva Calendar

We are excited to announce that the 2012 Kiva Calendar is now available for sale at the Kiva Store! This year the Calendar was produced by a creative team made up of lenders from Kiva Friends and Kiva staff and volunteers.

This glossy calendar brings together colorful photography, inspiring borrower stories from all over the world and quotes from the Kiva community. It is an uplifting holiday gift that will keep on giving throughout the year.

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Nov 29, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
You never need to look far for inspiration at Kiva. Every day hundreds of borrower profiles are added to the website, giving us a glimpse into the lives of individuals working hard to ensure a better life for their families. And every day, thousands of individuals around the world contribute their own funds to these loans as a way of saying, “I believe in you. You can do this.”

So, when we at Kiva take a step back to ask ourselves, “Are we doing enough? How can we increase the impact being created?” we are never at a loss for...
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Nov 24, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
This Thanksgiving Kiva is thankful for...

All the amazing Borrowers who inspire us every day.

Our wonderful and loyal Lenders who help Kiva flourish and grow.

Every generous soul who is giving away Kiva Cards this Holiday Season.

All our hard-working Field Partners who make Kiva possible.

Each and every Kiva Blog and Kiva Fellows Blog reader, Kiva Facebook fan and Kiva Twitter follower.

All our tireless...
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Nov 21, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
This month’s Passport Series is all about the Dominican Republic! This vibrant Caribbean nation offers a rich fusion of European, African and indigenous cultures and boasts hundreds of miles of tropical coastline. Follow us throughout the month of October as we learn about The Dominican Republic as a nation, its microfinance sector, and the work that Kiva does there!

Kiva’s Field Partner in the Dominican Republic, Esperanza International, uses a “group lending” format when providing microfinance services. Esperanza borrowers (80% of whom are women) are...
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Nov 16, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Written by Staci Chirchick, Review and Translation Program Intern.

Every month, Kiva’s Review and Translation Program (RTP) produces an informative newsletter for its volunteers. It is full of stories and updates about Kiva’s many programs, staff and volunteers. In recognition of Kiva’s 6th birthday, the newsletter recently featured interviews of some our long-term staff members who talked about their involvement with RTP. We’ve decided to share the interviews with our blog community because we think they provide unique insights into the...
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Nov 16, 2011 KV Kiva HQ

On the web since May of 2007, “Kiva Stories from the Field” reached a milestone on Thursday, November 10, 2011. The blog, produced entirely by Kiva Fellows, recorded its one millionth hit!

Since the program began, over 400 Kiva Fellows have served more than 185,000 hours in nearly 60 countries around the world as unpaid volunteers for Kiva. Fellows serve as Kiva’s eyes and ears on the ground, and are required to be flexible as they perform a variety of roles to benefit Kiva’s lenders, borrowers, and partners.

Although...
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Nov 15, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Written by Lindsey Freedman, Field Support Specialist (FSS), South America

Kiva’s South America Team of Giovanna Masci (Regional Director, Americas), Nicolas Lafaye (Portfolio Manager, South America) and Lindsey Freedman (FSS, South America) were honored to host the very first Kiva board trip in Lima, Peru from October 16-19. Joined by board members Tabreez Verjee, Julie Hanna, Geoff Davis, and Amy Klement along with Matt Flannery (Co-Founder and CEO), Premal Shah (President), and Tim Hassett (Vice-President, Global Partner Investments), the trip was...
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Nov 8, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
This month’s Passport Series is all about the Dominican Republic! This vibrant Caribbean nation offers a rich fusion of European, African and indigenous cultures and boasts hundreds of miles of tropical coastline. Follow us throughout the month of November as we learn about The Dominican Republic as a nation, its microfinance sector, and the work that Kiva does there!

History

The Dominican Republic is part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean. It is one of the nations that makes up the island of Hispaniola...
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Nov 4, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Race4Change.org is a philanthropic organization that harnesses the popular exposure of sporting events to raise funds for the economic empowerment of women in Africa. This year, the Race4Change team will run three classic Porsche 911s on the East African Safari Rally from November 19th to 28th, to advocate for the use of microfinance as a tool for the advancement of African women.

The brainchild of financial entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Steven Funk, Race4Change.org has been using the popular platform of East African rallying since 2009 to raise...
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