Kiva Blog Updates

Mar 21, 2007
We are excited to announce an additional Ugandan Field Partner, Share An Opportunity Micro Finance, operating out of Kampala:
Share An Opportunity Micro Finance Ltd (SAO) is a SACCO promoter and direct microfinance provider. It started microfinance operations in 1998 on a pilot basis in several districts. The aim was to learn from communities what their perceptions of the different approaches and methodologies in financial services existed. The lessons were encouraging and led to the official registration of SAO MFI (U) Ltd in 2002 as a promoter of branded SACCOs. It is supporting... Continue Reading >>
Mar 12, 2007 has arrived in Hollywood!

Maroon 5 hosted a Casino Night fundraiser for in Hollywood over the weekend.

The event was organized by screenwriter Gene Hong and hosted Maroon 5 and the former head of ABC, Jamie Terses. Actors Ryan Reynolds and Jeremey Sisto also came to share the Kiva love at the Casino Night fundraiser.

Thanks to Maroon 5 for their support, and... Continue Reading >>
Mar 6, 2007
You've always wanted to tell your friends about in an easy way - and now you have it!

You can use our Refer a Friend feature to easily send your friends and family a quick email introducing them to
1. Log in to your Portfolio (go to and click on My Portfolio, then log in)
2. Click on Refer a Friend on the left side of the page
3. Enter the email addresses you'd like to send your email to, or if you'd like to simply input the email addresses from your address book click on "Import from address book"
4. Feel free... Continue Reading >>
Mar 5, 2007 is pleased to announce our newest Kenyan partner, Action Now Kenya:
Action Now Kenya is a local Non Governmental Organization formed and registered in 2001. The mission for ANK is to build capacity of street communities and those at risk by developing innovative interventions in Health, Education and Enterprise development, aimed at supporting sustainable livelihoods.

The objectives of ANK are:

1. To facilitate the establishment of Enterprise development activities in the areas of Micro-finance and entrepreneurship training.
2. Facilitating the... Continue Reading >>
Feb 28, 2007

Congratulations! has been awarded a $300k grant from the Draper Richards Foundation! These funds will be used to help us cover operating expenses necessary for the unbelievable growth we've been experiencing.

The Draper Richards Foundation was founded in 2002 by William H. Draper, III and Robin Richards Donohoe, venture capitalists who believe in the power of innovation and passionate individuals to change the world. Only six Draper Richards fellowships are awarded each year, and they are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit... Continue Reading >>
Feb 27, 2007
We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the team, Anushka Ratnayake, Client Services and Fellows Program Co-ordinator:
Anushka coordinates's Field Representative Program while working to develop and manage customer service. Anushka has traveled extensively and while in school was deeply involved in retention efforts and the educational rights of students from local low income communities. While traveling she had the opportunity to visit a number of villages in India which have seen the benefits of microfinance loans and was deeply touched to witness... Continue Reading >>
Feb 22, 2007
Today the Three Millionth Dollar was loaned through!

The more you loan, the more Field Partners we'll partner with and the more entrepreneurs in the developing world will be given a chance at supporting themselves through a small business.

Keep it up Kivans! Continue Reading >>
Feb 19, 2007 has partnered with L'Institution de HOPE RDC, a member of the Hope International network in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

IMF HOPE Congo has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2004. During this time, the program has expanded from the capital city of Kinshasa to the cities of Kisangani and Lubumbashi. HOPE serves over 5,000 active clients in Congo. Following a destructive civil war and in a context of continuing political transition, IMF HOPE Congo is one of a few registered microfinance institutions. IMF HOPE Congo’s commitment to industry best... Continue Reading >>
Feb 15, 2007 is proud to announce its first partnership in Tajikstan, with Microloan Fund "MicroInvest" (MLF):
Microloan Fund "MicroInvest" is one of the leading non-banking financial institutions of Tajikistan. From the date of establishment in 2002, within the framework of the Fergana Valley Regional Microlending Project implemented by Representation of ACDI/VOCA in Tajikistan, MLF Microinvest has directed all efforts towards achievement of understanding, satisfaction of requirements, and expansion of mutually advantageous cooperation with the its clients. Small loans given by MLF... Continue Reading >>
Feb 7, 2007
We've received an exciting update from MIFEX on their evolving organization in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

MIFEX is in the final stages of transitioning to a Credit Union (savings and credit cooperative), which is a very important change for the organization and their clients. Ongoing, every MIFEX borrower will have the ability to hold savings in their accounts, and will be legally obligated to own some part of the Credit Union. This will serve as an additional source of capital for lending, and provides a very necessary service to MIFEX's clients.

We applaud MIFEX for their... Continue Reading >>