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Aug 7, 2009
What's it really like to have a small candle-making or weaving workshop in Guatemala? Now you can get a closer look...

Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll are two world travelers documenting their journey through The Americas on their website Uncornered Market. On the way they have been volunteering with Kiva's media program, meeting with and capturing images of Kiva Entrepreneurs to help tell their stories.

Earlier this year Audrey and Daniel visited Juan and Magda, two microloan recipients in Guatemala, who allowed them to tour their workspaces for their weaving and candle-... Continue Reading >>
Aug 7, 2009 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva's CEO, Matt Flannery, and President, Premal Shah, were interviewed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday, for the Gavin Newsom Show which broadcasts on local radio.

The show will air tomorrow at 11am on Green 960. If you can pick up the radio station, be sure to tune in! Continue Reading >>
Aug 6, 2009
To many in the world, Nepal is a distant and enchanting place. A small nation of 28 million people, it is surrounded by two giants with China to the north and India to the south. Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest, known locally as Sagarmāthā, which have been attracting travellers and explorers for hundreds of years.

The Nepalese people mostly practise a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism and the countryside and sky high mountains are dotted with the colourful Tibetan prayer flags that float freely in the cool Himalayan breeze (such as... Continue Reading >>
Aug 6, 2009 KV Kiva HQ
We want your feedback on the Kiva Newsletter!

It's been 12 months since we sent the first monthly Kiva Newsletter, so we figured it's a good time to take a look at how we're doing.

We've created a short (6 question) survey so you can tell us what you like, what you don't like, and how you'd like us to do it differently.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey so that we can continue to improve the Kiva Newsletter.

Thanks!

Click Here to take survey Continue Reading >>
Aug 6, 2009
It's almost time to go back to school!

Mr. L (pictured at left) is a 9th Grade World Studies teacher, and has been incorporating Kiva into his classroom for two years. Read about his experience using Kiva as an educational tool, and get inspired for the new school year!

"I am a 9th grade World Studies teacher to about 150 students each year, at South Medford High School in southern Oregon. Two years ago, I began using Kiva after my students were... Continue Reading >>
Aug 3, 2009
You might have been following Kiva's incredible 5 month stretch of record lending, each month breaking the previous record:

February $3,828,825.00
March $4,282,625.00
April $4,487,875.00
May $4,643,100.00
June $4,909,050.00

What an incredible five months! While we were hoping this might continue Titanic-style (we think big at Kiva), July didn't beat June's incredible record of over $4.9 million loaned. However, July ... Continue Reading >>
Jul 21, 2009
In Q2, Intel's Small Things Challenge registered over 135,000 clicks! Intel is going to round up these clicks, and will be providing $37,500 to be split equally between Kiva and Save the Children.

If you haven't clicked on the Small Things Challenge - do it now! It's the easiest way to donate money to Kiva - all you have to do is click your mouse!

The $18,750 donation to Kiva for Q2 will be divided between funding loans and donation to Kiva.

Check out the Small Things Challenge Lending Team here.
Check out the Small Things Challenge Lender Page here.... Continue Reading >>
Jul 15, 2009
Thank you to all those who joined the Community Conference Call today. We had approximately 80 people participating, and heard directly from 16 lenders who shared their thoughts and comments on the call.

There were many different thoughts that were shared. In summary, they included:
  • Lenders should choose - Kiva is a conduit from the lenders to borrowers. Kiva should not be forced to choose the level of poverty lenders lend to.
  • The idea that US entrepreneurs cannot benefit from small loans is wrong.
  • Lenders should vote with their dollars, Kiva...
Continue Reading >>
Jul 10, 2009


"Business success is often a mystery. Very often, luck is a big part of it. Often it's skill. Sometimes it's just plain sweat and perseverance. Micro-entrepreneurs are no different, and while we can sometimes guess at why one entrepreneur can be so successful as to expand their business and hire employees whereas others do not, often, it's simply a mystery.

When I first met Adora Fajiculay I'd I'd invited myself into her workspace after seeing the most fantastic gown on display there. I learned she made the dress from pandan... Continue Reading >>
Jul 10, 2009

“I want the Kiva lenders to know that I only borrow what I need, not what I can.”

These words really took me by surprise, when I visited Kiva Enterpreneur Borya Enhbat a few weeks ago. Of all the messages he could have asked me to pass on to Kiva Lenders, this was most important to him.

At first I wondered if this comment came from his feeling apologetic to Kiva Lenders for needing to borrow their money, and wanting to make sure that they knew it was an act of necessity, not luxury.

But as I got to know him better, I realized that this wasn’t about his... Continue Reading >>

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