Mairead Johnson

Kiva Blog Updates

Oct 30, 2006

Call your friends, call your neighbours, email your whole address book! Frontline World will feature Kiva.org on the first program of their new broadcast season, airing tomorrow night. Tune in to Frontline World on your local PBS station tomorrow evening to see - on TV! - the Kiva.org team in San Francisco, some of our original entrepreneurs in Uganda, and watch the process of getting a new loan approved, posted, funded and delivered via Kiva.org's website. Frontline World have put a lot of work into capturing the Kiva.org story on camera (including shooting on...
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Oct 27, 2006
Kiva.org has partnered with a second microfinance institution in Bulgaria: Microfond, based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Microfond's mission is to support the entrepreneurs in Bulgaria, by providing alternative sources of financing for start-ups, small and medium business, which do not have access to bank system sources of capital. Microfond's clients are micro, small and middle-sized companies that meet difficulties in financing their business projects by the existing banks and other financial institutions.

Microfond EAD originates from the Microcredit Program of the Resource... Continue Reading >>
Oct 25, 2006

Kiva.org will be holding our second in-store event at Starbucks at Bay and Taylor, on Monday, November 6. If you're in the area come on down, meet some of the Kiva team and bring your friends! We'll have a loan station in the store and would love to meet some of the people who are funding our entrepreneurs.
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Oct 23, 2006
Kiva.org is excited to announce a partnership with Microfund, continuing our expansion across the African continent.MICROFUND is a microfinance institution created on March 21, 1998 with the aim of facilitating credit operations and savings mobilization. Its principal challenges are to combat poverty in Togo, to increase the revenues of marginalized populations in cities and the country, and to research financial partners to provide institutional support and loan funds.

The mission of MICROFUND is to provide financial and technical assistance to the economically active poor active... Continue Reading >>
Oct 18, 2006

Kiva.org has been invited to present to the Council of Advocates and Parliamentarians at theGlobal Microcredit Summit, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia November 12-15, 2006. Kiva.org will also be presenting an Associated Session on November 13 at 5:30pm titled "Using the Internet to Raise Low-Cost Capital".

Kiva.org is proud to be a part of the 2006 Summit, presented by The Microcredit Summit Campaign. The Summit will convene 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countires to assess progress toward the Summit's goal of reaching 100 million poorest families, and to...
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Oct 16, 2006
Kiva.org is excited to announce our partnership with Kraban Support Foundation in Ghana:Kraban Support Foundation is a local development-oriented NGO with the aim of eradicating rural poverty through community education. The organization deeply shares a philosophy of commitment to help fight poverty by facilitating improved quality of human life in the communities we operate in in Ghana. Our mission is to develop innovative strategies and programs that enhance the capacity and productivity of vulnerable groups in our target deprived communities. Kraban Support Foundation's ultimate aim is to... Continue Reading >>
Oct 13, 2006
Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank were today awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to create economic and social benefit from below":"Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries.

Loans to poor people without any financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea. From modest beginnings three decades ago, Yunus has, first and foremost through Grameen Bank, developed micro-credit into an ever more important... Continue Reading >>
Oct 11, 2006
Frontline World have confirmed that they will be airing their story on Kiva.org on October 31.

Frontline World have been filming a story on Kiva.org over the last month, shooting on two locations, San Francisco and Uganda in East Africa. The story includes the life-cycle of raising funds for a loan - following an entrepreneur in Uganda applying for a loan through a Field Partner right through to the day they receive the funds, as well as meeting some of the original borrowers who have fully repaid their loan through Kiva.org.

We're really excited that Frontline will be... Continue Reading >>
Oct 9, 2006
Matt and Jessica have returned from their travels to Africa with Frontline World - complete with bead necklace and t-shirt gifts for the office! We'll be sure the coffee pot is full over the next few days to help Matt with his jetlag... but in the meantime here are some of the beautiful pics they brought back with them -


Matt and Jessica visited with Janet Alupot, Executive Director of Women's Initiative to Eradicate Poverty in Uganda. They were able to observe Janet's daily activities working with her clients as she accepted loan applications, disbursed loan...

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Oct 3, 2006
Today Kiva announces its second Mexican partnership, with Fundacion para la Vivienda Progresiva (Foundation for Progressive Housing). 

FVP is a non-profit organization which works in partnership with CHF International, a non-profit whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. In 1996 CHF initiated a home improvement loan pilot project in Ciudad Juarez to assist workers and their families who cannot afford dignified...
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