Apr 2, 2007

The power of Kiva.org is in facilitating communication between the developing world and the developed world. Pictures, words, data in the form of loan repayments, they all tell us something about the lives of people who can live very far from us geographically, but are similar to us in so many ways. Greg Kelly, is a staff member for REDC (Regional Economic Development Center) in Sliven, Bulgaria. Greg recently shared some of his experiences as a loan officer for a Kiva Partner:"As I was completing the paperwork for our partnership with Kiva, a tall, dark-skinned young man entered my office... Continue Reading >>

Mar 30, 2007

Kiva.org is proud to announce partnership with Mekong Plus, our first Field Partner in Vietnam:

Mekong Plus is an NGO of European origin that was registered in Vietnam in 1994, and has been working in Cambodia since 2004. Mainly focusing on community development and individual participation in the community development process, Mekong Plus works together with the ultra poor to create a more equal and sustainable world.

Mekong Plus believes in low cost, long-term solutions to poverty alleviation and sustainable developement. There is no particular "project" that Mekong...

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Mar 29, 2007

Kiva.org will be having our first ever Second Life Meetup on Monday, April 2 at noon Pacific Time.Why? It's a great way to meet Kiva Enthusiasts from all over the world! Come along and visit the Kiva Second Life Office, and ask Kiva.org's Community and Operations Manager, Fiona Ramsey, any questions you might have about Kiva.org. She'll be happy to answer your questions - even as an avatar.Use this SLURL to transport to the Kiva office:http://slurl.com/secondlife/Merricks%20Landing%202/106/165/24Alternatively, IM Fiona Jamasa (Fiona Ramsey, Kiva.org Community and Operations Manager) or Don... Continue Reading >>

Mar 28, 2007

Thanks to everyone who yesterday forwarded Nicholas Kristof's New York Times column to their friends, family, colleagues, strangers, and told the world about Kiva.org! The column is still the fourth most e-mailed article in The New York Times, and Kiva.org has now passed the $4 million loaned mark - and we're not slowing! As you keep lending, Kiva Field Partners will keep posting new and inspiring entrepreneurs to our website to get their businesses started. Nicholas Kristof's blog received a large number of comments yesterday in response to his column - thanks to all those who wrote in... Continue Reading >>

Mar 27, 2007

It's not every day at Kiva.org that we are lucky enough to see video of one of the entrepreneurs listed on our website. Watching a Kiva Entrepreneur smile proudly as they work in their place of business is a rare treat, and something that is emailed around the Kiva office faster than you can say "Click here to download".So when Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times contacted us about visiting his loan recipients in Kabul, Afghanistan, we were of course eager to hear about Abdul's bakery and what it was like to meet him.Better yet, Nicholas filmed the experience and has shared it with the... Continue Reading >>

Mar 23, 2007

Kiva.org is proud to announce its first partnership in Bolivia, with IMPRO (Incubadora de Microempresas Productivas): IMPRO is a non-for-profit organization that has been offering micro credit to the working poor in the cities of La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia since 1995. Our goal is to fight poverty by giving access to credit to small microbusiness owners that otherwise would not be able to access credit from the regular banking system due to lack of guaranties or collateral.

We also have a social impact on our clients' lives since our program "housing and habitat improvement" is...

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Mar 21, 2007

We are excited to announce an additional Ugandan Field Partner, Share An Opportunity Micro Finance, operating out of Kampala:Share An Opportunity Micro Finance Ltd (SAO) is a SACCO promoter and direct microfinance provider. It started microfinance operations in 1998 on a pilot basis in several districts. The aim was to learn from communities what their perceptions of the different approaches and methodologies in financial services existed. The lessons were encouraging and led to the official registration of SAO MFI (U) Ltd in 2002 as a promoter of branded SACCOs. It is supporting fourteen (14... Continue Reading >>

Mar 12, 2007

Kiva.org has arrived in Hollywood!Maroon 5 hosted a Casino Night fundraiser for Kiva.org in Hollywood over the weekend.The event was organized by screenwriter Gene Hong and hosted Maroon 5 and the former head of ABC, Jamie Terses. Actors Ryan Reynolds and Jeremey Sisto also came to share the Kiva love at the Casino Night fundraiser. Thanks to Maroon 5 for their support, and for helping us spread the word. It... Continue Reading >>

Mar 6, 2007

You've always wanted to tell your friends about Kiva.org in an easy way - and now you have it!You can use our Refer a Friend feature to easily send your friends and family a quick email introducing them to Kiva.org: 1. Log in to your Portfolio (go to www.kiva.org and click on My Portfolio, then log in) 2. Click on Refer a Friend on the left side of the page 3. Enter the email addresses you'd like to send your email to, or if you'd like to simply input the email addresses from your address book click on "Import from address book" 4. Feel free to edit the message if you like,... Continue Reading >>

Mar 5, 2007

Kiva.org is pleased to announce our newest Kenyan partner, Action Now Kenya:Action Now Kenya is a local Non Governmental Organization formed and registered in 2001. The mission for ANK is to build capacity of street communities and those at risk by developing innovative interventions in Health, Education and Enterprise development, aimed at supporting sustainable livelihoods.The objectives of ANK are:1. To facilitate the establishment of Enterprise development activities in the areas of Micro-finance and entrepreneurship training.2. Facilitating the provision of basic health care through... Continue Reading >>