Kate Heryford

Kiva Blog Updates

Jun 5, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Wonderful Kiva Community!

It is with excitement that we introduce to you a brand new blog series! The Community Outreach Team at Kiva has worked hard to put together a series of 10 blog posts to profile the many pieces that make the Kiva Community what it is. The reason for Kiva's success is no secret. Kiva has seen such amazing growth thanks to involvement from such a large, vibrant community of participants. At Kiva, we like to call this our 'Ecosystem'.

The Kiva Ecosystem is made up of infinite components. We have chosen 10 contributors of the Ecosystem that we think... Continue Reading >>
May 31, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Each month, the Kiva Blog profiles a country we work in through the Passport Series. This month, we are taking a look into South Sudan. This is the third and last part of this month's series. The first post gave a great overview of the country’s history and current state, the second part took a dive into the microfinance sector of South Sudan, and this post will focus on microfinance as a development effort to help post-conflict countries like South Sudan.

Access to credit and financial services have an important role in everyone’s life, yet they are not always easily... Continue Reading >>
May 19, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) has partnered with Kiva to produce a three part series to give our readers a deeper dive into social performance! The series was written by MIX for Kiva. The first post discussed why tracking social performance indicators matter, the second post discussed how to manage social performance, and this last post dives into some of the good practices that Kiva partners have exhibited!

Skeptics of the social performance movement often juxtapose social performance management (SPM) and financial sustainability, asserting that the one can only... Continue Reading >>
May 12, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) has partnered with Kiva.org to produce a three part series to give our readers a deeper dive into social performance! The series, written by the MIX, will be released weekly for three weeks.  This is is the second post, it discusses how to manage social performance!
 

In our first post, we talked about the... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) has partnered with Kiva.org to produce a three part series to give our readers a deeper dive into social performance! The series, written by the MIX, will be released weekly for the next three weeks. This first post discusses why tracking social performance indicators matter.

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) today operate in a more challenging environment than ever before. High levels of competition – both for clients and for funding – the pressure of commercialization and the related pressure to grow as quickly as possible all serve... Continue Reading >>
Apr 27, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva Field Partner, Microfinanzas PRISMA, Peru, was featured in a case study from the Grameen Foundation's Progress out of Poverty Initiative. The case study focuses on the use of the PPI (Progress out of Poverty Index), which helps organizations measure their social performance. The case study can be found here.  The video below is a short accompaniment to the full study. It is a half minute account (in Spanish) from Diego Fernandez Concha and Yolirruth Nunez (Regional SPM Coordinator at Oikocredit Peru, Colombia & Ecuador) about PRISMA's use of the PPI.



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Apr 25, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
The Kiva Passport Series is a three part, monthly series about countries that Kiva has field partners in. Typically the series includes 1) a country profile, 2) a profile of the microfinance industry in country and a look into our field partners in the area, and 3) the final part is a story of a borrower and/or lender in the country. This month, we are featuring borrowers in Bolivia and digging into the many uses of Microfinance in Bolivia. Bolivia is...
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Apr 22, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Today, Kiva launched Green Loans! In conjunction with this launch, we have created three videos to profile some of the amazing ways Green Loans are being used to help change the world! Here are video of three amazing stories that describe the uses of these impactful loans. The first is a borrower in Mongolia who is using the loan to insulate his home and keep heating costs down, the second is an interview with a Program Manager at XacBank, a Kiva Field Partner in Mongolia, describing their loan product and the Bank's intentions behind starting Green Loans, and lastly, is a video from a... Continue Reading >>
Apr 22, 2011 KV Kiva HQ

Dearest Kiva Community,

We have some very exciting news that we are thrilled to be announcing today! As many of you know, today is Earth Day and environmental consciousness is a cause Kiva is deeply invested in. It is our belief that there is great opportunity in the world, at this moment in time, to decrease our footprint, increase our environmental consciousness, and create a world more...
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Apr 15, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
At Kiva, we value being in tuned to the news, research, and latest findings in Microfinance, so we are making an effort to bring you more of the latest in Microfinance!

This post we cover: the challenges of microfinance in Islamic settings, thoughts on the sustainability of microfinance, a case study of using the Grameen Foundation's Progress out of Poverty Index, an article from Beth Rhyne on microfinance in the Philippines, impact evaluations...
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