Jul 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva is now on Exposure.co, a cool new platform for visual storytelling that will help us share Kiva adventures and experiences from all over the world. Our very first post is from Sierra Leone and takes you inside "Kiva Magic," that special moment when Kiva borrowers get to see their Kiva profiles, and the many lenders who believe in them around the globe. Check it out! Continue Reading >>


Jul 17, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Here's what we are reading (and occasionally obsessing about) at HQ this week: Must read of the week: For the price of a single Tomahawk cruise missile, it’s possible to build about 20 schools.
 
Smarties making moves:
Meet the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker. That's right: NASA.
 
Reliving the glory: 2014 World Cup Quiz, in case you're going through withdrawal just like us.
 
Get happy: '...
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Jul 15, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Logging onto kiva.org is both exciting (wow look at all these borrowers!) and a bit overwhelming (wow, look at all these borrowers.) It can be hard to know where to start, but choosing a Field Partner that shares your values and priorities is a good way to narrow down your search and start lending. Kiva partners with 264 organizations worldwide. When you lend to a borrower on kiva.org, the funds are given to Kiva’s Field Partners, who are responsible for disbursing the loans and collecting repayments. Field Partners do important work and it’s your funding that helps them do more... Continue Reading >>


Jul 14, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

The Kiva community helped make history on July 10 — more than 25,000 Kiva lenders sent $2.9 million to the field, helping make a difference in 56 countries!
 
$1 Million Match Day was made possible by a troupe of generous donors like Google, Grameen-Jameel and Richard Brindle, who matched loans to borrowers across Kiva and Kiva Zip. So for example, when a Kiva lender gave a $50 loan, it was matched and the Kiva borrower was $100 closer to their goal.
 
We’re so excited you created such a tremendous impact in a single...
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Jul 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

We can’t wait for someone else to change the world. It’s our turn now. Kiva is teaming up with three new partners who create opportunity for all the the hard-working students, helpful neighbors, and independent women out there. These partners create the real changes we need to have a better world! Check out Kiva’s amazing new partners in Africa: LIVING GOODS Kenya and Uganda Delivers Clean Cook Stoves, Water Filters, and Solar Energy Who are they? Living Goods is a non-profit that delivers life-saving products to improve the...
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Jul 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

If you’re from the United States or live in the States, you’re likely gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow. After the fireworks are set off and the meat is on the BBQ, it’ll be time to reflect on what this holiday means for Americans. As many know, the day memorializes the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, over two hundred years ago. Today, and every day at Kiva, we celebrate the freedom and independence of our borrowers and their pursuit of the ‘American Dream.’ The ‘American Dream’ is actually a universal dream, that anyone-regardless of gender, race, social... Continue Reading >>


Jul 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

We’re thrilled to announce an innovative partnership between Kiva Labs, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Google.org and two Kiva Field Partners to evaluate the effect of product design changes on the welfare of micro-entrepreneurs and on the viability of microfinance institutions.
 
Through this study, Kiva aims to push the boundaries of microfinance by helping its MFI partners provide the poor with more affordable, more flexible credit. Simultaneously, IPA will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to...
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Jun 30, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Women and youth in the Middle East are pushing boundaries, creating their own opportunities and taking control of their futures. They are the seeds of positive change and you can be a part of their stories through the new Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd. and Kiva campaign, “Change is in Your Hands.” The campaign allows people around the world to go on Kiva and, with as little as a $25, offer a helping hand to entrepreneurs in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen and Turkey.  For a limited time, through the generosity of Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Ltd., new users can get a... Continue Reading >>


Jun 26, 2014 BR Brazil

As thousands of soccer fans celebrate and cheer on their teams in Brazil, let’s also consider the people who play out their lives, day in and day out, in the country taking center stage this summer. At Kiva the spotlight is on Banco Pérola, a non-profit that offers microloans to youth entrepreneurs, ages 18-35 years old, from low-income families in Brazil. Banco Pérola operates a lot differently than your average bank. Walking alone into a big, cold bank as a young entrepreneur, while carrying deep-seated fear of rejection, is nerve-racking to say the least.  Banco Pérola relieves youth... Continue Reading >>


Jun 18, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Dear Kiva Community, After 10 years leading Kiva, I have decided to step down as CEO. First off, I want to express my utmost respect and gratitude to all of you. You’ve not only brought Kiva to life, but you've also brought so much meaning and inspiration to my own life. After many ongoing conversations, I've decided it's time to embark on a new chapter. Personal life changes (e.g. family health issues, getting married next month!) make this the right time to pause and reflect on life outside of Kiva.  I also consider myself more of an inventor than a manager. A larger organization... Continue Reading >>


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