Premal Shah leads Kiva.org, a website that allows you to lend $25 to the working poor. Since 2005, Kiva lenders have financed over 1 million low-income entrepreneurs from 75 countries, with a 98% repayment rate. The site has been named as one of Oprah's Favorite Things and a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. Premal’s inspiration for Kiva came in 2004. Working for several years at PayPal, he took 2 months off to volunteer in India. There he worked with low-income women to help them sell handcrafts online. While the project had mixed results, it strengthened his belief that the right combination of technology, business and love can dramatically accelerate opportunity for those most left out. Today with a burgeoning community of 1 million Kiva lenders, this belief becomes more of a reality each day. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named on FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40″ list. Premal is a graduate of Stanford University.

Kiva Blog Updates

Jan 30, 2019 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva community,

After 13 years serving as Kiva’s Co-founder and President, I’ve decided to shift out of operational responsibilities to a new Senior Advisor role.

I continue to deeply believe in Kiva and am grateful that we have an exceptional CEO and leadership team in place to continue our important work.  At this stage in my personal journey, I’m also excited to return to my entrepreneurial roots and clear space for new ways to contribute to social change.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you all....

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Oct 2, 2018 KV Kiva HQ

By Premal Shah, President & Co-Founder, Kiva

Every now and then, a truly game-changing partnership comes to life and shows us what’s possible when a company and its employees are committed to doing good in the world. Kiva’s partnership with Hewlett-Packard is just that.

In 2013, Kiva and Hewlett-Packard launched Matter to a Million, a groundbreaking 5-year global employee engagement partnership. The partnership concept was simple: set up a $7 million fund to provide each of Hewlett-Packard’s 275,000+ global...

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Apr 15, 2010

Note: This post was published in 2010 and contains outdated information. Please see this blog post or kiva.org/help.

Hi Kiva Community,

We're writing in response to the recent New York Times article, "Big Banks Draw Profits From Microloans to Poor" by Neil MacFarquhar. If you haven't read it, you can find it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/world/14microfinance.html

The article brings up valid concerns regarding microfinance institutions (MFIs) and the dangers of commercialization. We share these... Continue Reading >>
Oct 31, 2009 KV Kiva HQ
Around 2pm today (Happy Halloween for those in the U.S.), Kiva hit a major milestone:

$100,000,000
in loans raised


It's a wonderful accomplishment involving 584,189 Kiva Lenders in our first 4 years of operations. What's even more amazing to me is that it took over 1 year to raise our first $1 million . This year alone, we're on track to raise... Continue Reading >>
Aug 31, 2009 KV Kiva HQ
Some exciting news: Kiva was awarded the 2009 Index Award in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Index Award is the biggest design award in the world, focused on designs with a social impact.

This year, there were 720 nominations from 54 countries. The award is given to 5 winners once every 2 years. It has included 2005 winner Life Straw, a water-purifying device that has helped to reduce deaths from contaminated water in Africa, and a cheap yet effective prosthesis for feet destroyed by land mines, a winner in 2007.

I traveled Copenhagen to receive the 100,000 Euro award on... Continue Reading >>