Feb 7, 2007

We've received an exciting update from MIFEX on their evolving organization in Guayaquil, Ecuador.MIFEX is in the final stages of transitioning to a Credit Union (savings and credit cooperative), which is a very important change for the organization and their clients. Ongoing, every MIFEX borrower will have the ability to hold savings in their accounts, and will be legally obligated to own some part of the Credit Union. This will serve as an additional source of capital for lending, and provides a very necessary service to MIFEX's clients.We applaud MIFEX for their work on this transition... Continue Reading >>

Feb 5, 2007

Kiva.org has announced its first partnership in Cameroon, with the microfinance institution GHAPE:

Overview: GHAPE is a registered non-governmental, not-for-profit and apolitical organization dedicated to poverty alleviation in Cameroon, West Africa. GHAPE believes poverty is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind, and that it is a "germ" caused by the vast greed of this world. Bernadette A. Ngoh founded GHAPE in October 1998...

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Feb 1, 2007

We are thrilled to announce that Geoff Davis, President and CEO of Unitus, has accepted a position on Kiva.org's Board of Directors.Geoff has been a very valuable advisor to Kiva.org and we look forward to his contributions to Kiva.org as a member of the Board. Continue Reading >>

Jan 26, 2007

Kiva.org has stolen the front page of Computerworld this issue in the cover story "Click and Change the World".Take a look online - and join in the debate around the piece if you dare! Continue Reading >>

Jan 23, 2007

Kiva.org is pleased to announce our newest partner, SEED (Supporting Enterprises for Economic Development) in Kenya.SEED Development Group is a unique microfinance organization that employs practical microfinance and microenterprise approaches to comprehensively address the needs of rural people. SEED is in the process of scaling up its operations from a community-based organization to a comprehensive one-stop microfinance services organization.SEED projects combine microfinance with aspects of microenterprises to enable clients to achieve 70% growth within the first 12 months of membership.... Continue Reading >>

Jan 19, 2007

Jeremy Frazao, Kiva.org Director of Technology, will be speaking at the Engineers Without Borders Canada 2007 National Conference.Jeremy has been invited to speak on the panel "NGO and Corporate Partnerships for Development" alongside Jaques Gérin, EWB Board of Directors and Mathew Lynch, Engineers Against Poverty. This panel will be held next Friday, January 26 at 10:15am.The conference is being held January 24-27 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary. For more information visit the 2007 National Conference webpage.... Continue Reading >>

Jan 13, 2007

Current TV is now airing a short pod about Kiva.org starring Angel Asenov, one of the first entrepreneurs to receive a loan through Kiva.org. The pod features footage of Angel in his bicycle repair shop in Sliven, Bulgaria as he shows us the business he started from scratch with a Kiva Loan. Greg Kelly, representative of... Continue Reading >>

Jan 8, 2007

Kiva.org is excited to announce partnership with Rafode (Rural Agency for Development) in Kenya.Rafode's mission is to provide opportunities to people in chronic poverty to transform their lives through income generating.RAFODE was formed as an organization to provide alternative financial services to poor communities in Kenya. RAFODE aims to reach both people in business and those not yet in business by helping them to start income generating projects.Our main challenge is reaching out to the poorest who do not have business and who are also illiterate. Rafode also aims to serve the rural... Continue Reading >>

Jan 4, 2007

Kiva.org would like to welcome all of the new French visitors to the Kiva Community!For those of you in the rest of the world - Kiva.org was featured in an article in the French newspaper "Liberation" today.We're sorry that we don't have our website available in French yet - but we hope that you'll join our community of global lenders, including Saint Laurent les Eglises in France!Don't forget - we do have a French-speaking partner, CRESP in Senegal, and you can post comments on business pages in any language you please.Bienvenue! Continue Reading >>

Jan 3, 2007

Kiva.org is proud to announce partnership with Normicro, in Azerbaijan.Normicro's mission is to offer sustainable, demand-driven lending services aimed at enhancing the quality of life of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) and low-income people through promoting viable enterprises.Normicro was established in 1998 in Baku city, the capital of Azerbaijan. Originally, Normicro was the Income Generating Project of the Norwegian Refugee Council (through the Norwegian Refugee Council IDP Revolving Fund). The main purpose of the project was to support IDPs from Nagorno-Karabakh in establishing/... Continue Reading >>