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Kiva Blog Updates

Aug 18, 2010 KV Kiva HQ
The recent flooding in Pakistan has been termed the worst natural disaster in country's history with 1,600 deaths and an estimated 20 million people -- one-ninth of the country's total population -- displaced by the flooding. Flooding began on July 22 in the mountainous northwest region of the country causing rivers to burst their banks and has causing destruction to one-quarter of the country's land area.

Kiva currently supports borrowers in Pakistan through our field partner, Asasah. Asasah serves tens of thousands of borrowers through credit and other development services from... Continue Reading >>
May 26, 2009
In the website release that will go out shortly, there are a few changes worth calling out:

  • We were able to track down and fix the issue some people were having with their transaction history. What's more, we were able to make it much snappier
  • The entrepreneur profile page has changed. You will notice:
    • A country section on the right side of the page, showing where the loan is going as well as some basic information about the country that the entrepreneur or group lives in
    • We've been able to make the "Advanced View" of the repayment schedule even more...
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    Apr 14, 2009
    One of the problems we often hear about from Kiva lenders who are members of Lending Teams is that they get too many team message emails. They want to be connected to their teams and be informed when teammates post messages, but sometimes the number of emails they receive just gets downright overwhelming!

    So, we're introducing a new email daily digest mode for team messages. Lenders can go to the Email Preferences section of their account (note: you'll need to log in to get there) and ask Kiva to send them team messages "No more than once a day" or "Never" or "As they arrive."... Continue Reading >>
    Mar 31, 2009
    We're excited to announce the roll-out of a new display for entrepreneur repayment schedules. The new display lives towards the bottom of entrepreneur profile pages and has a few improvements over our old display:

  • It shows Expected vs. Actual Repayments to the lenders (including when to expect these payments by)

  • There's now a clear indication of whether a loan is Delinquent. You can hit "Show Advanced" to see whether the loan is delinquent because the entrepreneur hasn't paid yet or because the Field Partner hasn't paid yet. In other words, this is a high...
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    Feb 23, 2009
    Kiva's engineering team has been working on an experiment for the last few weeks to see how we can bring borrowers and lenders closer. In the past, we've seen that photographs have been one of the biggest ways for our lenders to feel connected to our borrowers.

    We decided to take that a step farther by experimenting with a new medium: video! Our first video-profile loan is up on the site and hopefully you'll see a few more trickle up to the site as we experiment with this functionality. We'll also be pushing to have more video journals up on the site over the next month or so.... Continue Reading >>
    Feb 12, 2009
    A video about Kiva is the featured video on the Nonprofits & Activism site for YouTube today. You can view the video at the top of the page today by clicking here. This video was created for us by Intel as part of their SmallThingsChallenge program.

    Also, check out the Kiva channel on YouTube at to see more videos posted by Kiva. Continue Reading >>
    Nov 17, 2008
    Some of you may know that Kiva maintains a two-week release cycle, so that every two weeks we release changes to the website. Sometimes these changes are more noticeable than others. In the last couple weeks, the vast majority of what we’ve been working on has been fixes for issues introduced when we changed our repayment accounting system (and we continue to work on these as highest priority in order to iron them out as quickly as possible).

    One slight improvement we are releasing this week is based on the issue we received the most customer feedback about over the past two months... Continue Reading >>
    Oct 23, 2008
    One thing we strive towards at Kiva is increased transparency into how microfinance works. Next week, we'll be releasing some changes to how we account for our loans. If you want the really, really detailed version, I encourage you to read this post and the surrounding discussion at KivaFriends.

    If you just want the high level, though, here are the changes we’ll be making:

  • We will be improving the site on which our Field Partners post fundraising loans to work better under low-connectivity environments. Many of our partners work in environments where the...
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    Aug 28, 2008
    If you’re a follower of Matt’s blog at all, what we’re doing today is old news to you:

    He’s explained what we’re doing far better than I ever could. To summarize what’s going on over the next couple days, we’re rolling out two new features which we think are good news for the Kiva website and for lenders:

    1) Partial repayments

    Until now, lenders had to wait until their loan completed its entire term before receiving one repayment that represented all of the money... Continue Reading >>
    Aug 5, 2008
    There are so many cool things to be done with the Kiva website. When we get around to doing them, with all the backend/site-maintenance/money-transferring tasks that typically take higher precedence, it's an extremely gratifying experience. A few weeks ago, Jeremy expressed this when he posted about the maps feature he built in his spare time.

    Now Noah, Kiva's newest engineering hire, has gone in and extended the maps functionality to work on lender pages. This has been one of our most commonly requested features, so to see this come to life is definitely exciting.

    To... Continue Reading >>