Today, we’re proud to introduce a new look and feel for Kiva, and a new, mobile-responsive website that makes supporting small businesses around the world easier than ever.
When Kiva began in 2005, we had a simple goal: to connect borrowers who need small amounts of capital to improve their lives, with lenders who want to help. Ten years later, we’ve seen the incredible power and impact of this model brought to life thanks to millions of dedicated contributors like you.
Kiva’s grown into a true global community, where people come together to support and believe in each other. That's part of the story we hope to capture with our new imagery.
Through Kiva, each of us has the power to create opportunity and help others work towards their dreams. Whether it’s a loan to a rural farmer in Kenya, or a rooftop farmer in Detroit, we can each play a special part in someone else's story.
Along with the new look and feel, there are new improvements to the site and lender experience. A few features you might like to explore:
• Quick and easy category browsing, which is especially helpful when making loans on your phone or tablet. It’s never been so easy to make a difference while you wait for the train!
• Improved filter experience for drilling down to all your favorite locations and types of loans. Now you can filter loans by lender-generated tags as well.
• A new feature on each loan profile highlights what makes the loan special from a Kiva staff member’s perspective. We’re constantly working to serve borrowers’ unique needs and now there’s a place to surface that information for our passionate lender community.
We’re also happy to announce our direct lending program, Kiva Zip, graduated out of beta with a new name–Kiva U.S.– and a new home on Kiva.org. This means each lender's activity is now centralized under 1 account, with 1 balance and lenders can move seamlessly between supporting businesses around the world and in the U.S. Kiva has worked with financially excluded and socially impactful businesses in the U.S. since 2009.
All of the changes and improvements to our site will help us multiply Kiva’s impact and reach even more communities and families over the next 10 years. And because of people like you, Kiva will continue to be a special, hopeful corner of the internet.
We’re so excited to share this next chapter with you. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and for investing in a better, more equitable world.
Talea is excited to combine her love for powerful storytelling and her digital strategy experience. She comes to Kiva from the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she managed digital strategy for the foundation's consumer-focused PSA campaigns. Prior to that she was a reporter and producer at the PBS NewsHour for five years. At the NewsHour she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the developing world as part of the program's global health unit, covering a wide range of stories including the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, doctor shortages in Tanzania and the mistreatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia. In addition to being a news junkie, Talea enjoys photography, hiking and attempting to paint. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism and is originally from Maryland. So she also knows a lot about horses.