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Oct 26, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Written by Fiona Ramsey

Kiva is honored to announce Geoff Davis has rejoined Kiva’s Board of Directors!

Geoff Davis is well-known within the microfinance space, having worked with Muhammad Yunus and Alex Counts in creating the Grameen Foundation, serving as CEO at the microfinance accelerator Unitus, Co-Founder of Unitus Equity Fund, working with several microfinance institutions on the ground, and of course first joining Kiva’s Board of Advisors back in 2006, before Kiva was even a year old!...
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Oct 25, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
This month’s Passport Series focuses on Nepal! Nepal is the birthplace of Buddhism and home to the tallest mountains in the world! Follow us throughout the month of October as we learn about Nepal’s background, its microfinance sector, and Kiva’s presence within its borders.

Written by Guest Blogger, Abhinab Basnyat, Kiva Fellow in Nepal

Thecho village lies just six kilometers outside of Patan, a sub-municipality and headquarters of Lalitpur district. Thecho still has the charm of a village, albeit a rapidly changing one....
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Oct 18, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Written by Mac Parish, Kiva Field Support Specialist, Anglophile Africa.

Kiva has traditionally been a microfinance funder only focusing on microfinance institutions but we are currently exploring ways that we can leverage our risk-tolerant, low-cost funding to provide impactful finance for development,...
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Oct 12, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
At Kiva, we feel incredibly lucky to have such dedicated and inspiring lenders. In an effort to get to know our lender community better, we have asked some of them to tell us a little bit about themselves. We are proud to introduce Featured Lender, Sarah! Read on to find out what makes her tick and what she likes about being a Kiva Lender!

Sarah from Manchester, UK

1. Please tell us a little about yourself and what you do when you’re not busy being...
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Oct 11, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
For ten years The Economist has presented Innovation Awards to some of the world's leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators, scientists and thinkers such as Hernando De Soto, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Shigeru Miyamoto, Jimmy Wales and Mark Zuckerberg. The program honors innovators who "map our future by changing the way we work, think and live". The awards are divided into seven categories that cover a wide range of fields including bioscience, business and technology among others.

We are thrilled to announce that this year, the program has chosen Kiva's...
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Oct 10, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Congratulations to BRAC Uganda, recipient of the Gold Social Performance Management Award of the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda! The award honors institutions that have succeeded in establishing social goals as meaningful priorities in their overall operation. BRAC Uganda became a Kiva Field Partner in 2007 and has since worked with Kiva to fund more than 11 thousand loans totaling over 3 million dollars!

To learn more about this great achievement, please read the official award announcement on the BRAC blog!

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Oct 9, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
This month’s Passport Series focuses on Nepal! Nepal is the birthplace of Buddhism and home to the tallest mountains in the world! Follow us throughout the month of October as we learn about Nepal’s background, its microfinance sector, and Kiva’s presence within its borders.

History

The first civilizations in Nepal existed around the 6th century B.C. , and were confined to the fertile Kathmandu Valley where the present-day capital of the same name is located. UNESCO declared the...
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Oct 6, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Please join us in welcoming Milango Financial Services, our newest field partner in Kenya!

Milango is located in Mombasa, Kenya's main port on the Indian Ocean, and the country's second largest city. Started in 2009, Milango has shown impressive growth in its first two years of operation. The organization operates six branches in Kenya's Coastal Province, and is one of two MFIs headquartered in the region. Milango has shown a deep commitment to working with rural clients, and currently 62% of the organization's portfolio is rural. Their average loan size is $...
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Oct 6, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
In 2005, President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in an effort to build partnerships among world leaders from a variety of backgrounds with the ultimate goal of creating a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities, and values.

To fulfill the action-oriented mission of CGI, all members devise practical solutions to global issues through the...
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Oct 6, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva’s Co-Founder and CEO Matt Flannery, will be speaking at this year’s Slow Money National Gathering, happening this Oct 12th-14th at Fort Mason in San Francisco! Slow Money is a growing movement working towards channelling more of our financial resources towards local food initiatives, in an effort to foster a stronger and more meaningful economic community.


The program of...
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