Kiva Blog Updates

May 21, 2008
Matt Flannery just returned from the Google Zeitgeist in the UK, where he spoke on a panel about technology, new business models and change behaviors from retail to philanthropy.

Matt was surprised to hear Queen Rania quoting some Kiva stats during her speech, skip to 5 minutes in for the Kiva shout out!

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May 6, 2008

Kiva is the Webby People's
Voice Winner for Charitable Organizations / Nonprofit!!

Thanks to everyone who voted for us!! It's certainly an honor to be chosen winner by the people, especially against such stiff competition.

Click here to learn more about The Webbys! Continue Reading >>
Apr 30, 2008
Kiva is up for the vote!!

We've been nominated for a Webby People's Voice Award in the category of Society: Charitable Organizations / Non-Profit, but the competition is tough!

Vote now and help us win our first ever Webby Award!

1 - go to
2 - Click on "Register now". You will receive an activation code that will allow you to start voting.
3 - Once you're registered, you will see 4 ballots - click on Website (on the left)
4 - Scroll down to... Continue Reading >>
Apr 9, 2008
Congratulations Kiva!

We've been announced an Official Honoree for the Best Practices category in The 12th Annual Webby Awards, and nominated for the Charitable Organizations / Non-Profit category.

We're honored to be recognized by the Webby Awards, and looking forward to finding out the winners!

(Props to all Kiva engineers for working so hard on the website!) Continue Reading >>
Mar 20, 2008
Come to the Punch Line Comedy Club in San Francisco Monday night to see the hilarious Yayne Abeba, Clark Taylor, Nico Santos, Ali Wong and more.

Tickets proceeds from this show benefit - what better way to feel good (and start the work week.)

She show starts at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:00pm.

Punch Line Comedy Club is at 444 Battery Street, San Francisco.
For more info call: 415.397.4337

You'll even see some Kiva staff there! Continue Reading >>
Mar 12, 2008
Guess who dropped by the office yesterday?

None other than CA First Lady Maria Shriver, who came by to visit and say "Hi" to the Kiva team!

Maria was in town to launch WE Invest, a Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, in Oakland.

We were really honored to meet The First Lady, and that she gave some time out of her day to meet the Kiva team. Come again anytime!

Check out the pic!

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Jan 10, 2008
Reuters recently picked up a story published by IRIN, titled "UGANDA: More Kenyan displaced arriving at refugee centres."
A man by the name of Danson Ng'ang'a was interviewed in the story. A past Kiva Fellow noticed the interview in the article, and suspected the man interviewed was a Kiva borrower he met in Kenya. Kiva has contacted the journalist, who confirmed that the identity of the man is indeed Kiva borrower Danson Ng'ang'a, a dairy farmer operating out of Malaba - Teso District, Kenya.

We are glad to have been able to pass on information to Kiva Field Partner PEMCI... Continue Reading >>
Jan 7, 2008
Kiva has been nominated for "Most likely to make the world a better place" in the 2007 Crunchies, a collaboration project between GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb, VentureBeat and TechCrunch which recognizes the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.

Vote for Kiva here! (We're in great company.)

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Dec 26, 2007 will really be appearing on The Today Show tomorrow, December 27, between 8am and 9am in each local timezone (exact airing time not known.)

The segment will include footage from John Larson's recent trip to Africa, so be sure to tell everyone you know to tune in because it's really going to bring Kiva Entrepreneurs to life right before your eyes!!

Happy Holidays!

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Dec 18, 2007
Tune in to The Star Jones Show today to see a live interview with Co-Founder, Jessica Flannery. The show is live at 3pm Eastern, 12 noon Pacific (and everything in between) on Court TV. Jessica will be on later in the show, around 12:40pm, along with a local NY lender, showing Star how to use!

Let's see if Star doesn't become a Kiva Lender! Continue Reading >>