Apr 16, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Meg Gray and Jennifer Bi also contributed to this report. In March, we introduced you to Jorgelyn Palima and Gerilina Ybanez, two Filipino women who used loans to rebuild after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon swept away Jorgelyn’s sari-sari business and home, leaving her living in a shelter made of salvaged materials. With the help of Kiva’s Field Partner in Ormoc, NWTF, Jorgelyn received materials such as coco lumber and gypsum board to reconstruct her home. 

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Apr 8, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Updated April 9, 2014  On April 7, an internet-wide security vulnerability was reported for OpenSSL, the software used to encrypt web communications on the majority of e-commerce sites.  You can find out more about this bug, called Heartbleed, at the Wall Street Journal, CNET and the Guardian...

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Apr 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Each day when you visit Kiva’s site there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans. 
 
Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian). 
 
We are so incredibly grateful to these talented volunteers, who are vital to Kiva’s mission to alleviate poverty. We...
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Apr 3, 2014 MR Mauritania

Investisseurs & Partenaires, Kiva’s new France-based partner fundraising loans in Mauritania, is on a mission to promote a new generation of socially-conscious entrepreneurs in Africa. Along the way, I&P is carving out a unique niche for itself in the world of small and medium enterprise loans. The investment group will only work with African businesses that have a record of outstanding social and environmental impact.  It also requires businesses meet a set of strict criteria, including no use of child labor, implementing anti-discrimination policies, managing supply... Continue Reading >>


Apr 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

A few weeks ago Kiva participated in a UX Boot Camp with Cooper, a design strategy firm based in San Francisco. This was an opportunity to gather a group of talented technology professionals together and have them put a fresh set of eyes on one of the challenges Kiva has observed over the past year.  
The Boot Camp centered around the experience of choosing loans to support on Kiva. The task of selecting one or two people out of the thousands of borrowers that are fundraising on Kiva can be daunting. Deciding where your limited money will have the...
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Mar 27, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves!

Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie.   
 
1,838 loans to choose from! That sure does give a dog a lot of options - how to find someone I connect with?
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Mar 25, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community is filled with changemakers with inspiring stories to tell. We were able to catch up with one such enthusiastic and accomplished young student, who has put her passion for microfinance into practice through the club she leads at her school in Teterboro, New Jersey. 
 
Sam, currently a senior at Bergen Tech High School, was an attendee at the Kiva U Summit this past fall in San Francisco. Like many, she left energized to find creative way to use microfinance to help others around the world, and is already walking the talk....
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Mar 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Whether you are relaxing on idyllic beaches, visiting friends or traveling for service projects. spring break can take on many forms. But one thing no spring break should be without is a good read. Check out these great book recommendations to take with you to the beach, or to the couch. What better way to spend the break than learning something new?
 
The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One Kiva Loan at a Time, Bob Harris
 
American TV writer, TV and radio personality, and political humorist...
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Mar 20, 2014 PH Philippines

It’s been four months since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, tore through the Philippines and displaced 4 million people.
 
On a recent trip to Tacloban City and the surrounding coastal areas that were devastated by the storm, Kiva staff members saw the level of destruction first hand, and heard heartbreaking stories of loss of life and property. They also saw met many locals determined to rebuild.
 
Kiva's Field Partner in Tacloban, NWTF, created a special Disaster Recovery loan product...
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Mar 10, 2014 LB Lebanon, PH Philippines, QA Qatar

This is a guest post from Bob Harris, author, adventurer, Kiva super lender, and captain of the incredible Friends of Bob Harris lending team. His book, The International Bank of Bob, was published in March of 2013, and is now available in paperback and Kindle versions. 
 
A year ago this month, my book about my travels to meet Kiva clients all over the world was released.
 
For me, the result has included every lovely experience that you hope for as an author: strong sales, packed bookstore talks, plenty...
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