Jan 1, 2007

We would like to wish a very happy new year to all Kiva.org lenders, borrowers, supporters, partners and volunteers!Together we have created something quite extraordinary, uplifting, dignifying and empowering. We've made the world a little bit smaller and extended "helping hands" that reach as far as Manhattan to Mozambique. We've introduced ourselves to each other with pictures and profiles, and created a network of over 20,000 people around the globe.In San Francisco, the Kiva.org team is looking forward to see where you will take us in 2007. We will continue to build an easy-to-use... Continue Reading >>

Dec 30, 2006

Today the Two Millionth Dollar was loaned to an entrepreneur in the developing world by a Kiva Lender.On behalf of the entrepreneurs you have loaned to, we would like to thank you for the incredible support that has been shown Kiva.org, our Field Partners and entrepreneurs. As a result the Kiva.org Team has been working hard to expand our global partnerships to allow Kiva Lenders more options in loaning to the businesses of their choice.It is a beautiful thing to see Kiva Loans raised in a matter of hours, knowing that our Field Partners are also watching the website and informing the... Continue Reading >>

Dec 28, 2006

Kris Reyes, a reporter/anchor for CityNews in Toronto, reported on Kiva.org for tonight's CityNews report.Click here to watch the news report online. Kris also keeps a very interesting blog to add more insight to some of her stories.Thanks to Kiva Lender Rob Hawke for sharing his Kiva story on TV!
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Dec 22, 2006

Kiva.org is proud to announce our first Partner in Azerbaijan, Komak Credit Union.Komak is a credit union established in 1999 among 20 union members. In the same year Komak opened 2 field offices, of which one is in Baku (Azerbaijan's capital) and the other in Fizuli (a rural region).
Since 1999, Komak has opened new branches in Absheron, Salyan and Khachmaz, established relations with the World Bank and the Danish Refugee Council, and disbursed hundreds of thousands of loans. Today, all branch offices are engaged full-time in providing microfinance services to internally... Continue Reading >>

Dec 19, 2006

Guayaquil, EcuqadorKiva.org was built with a dream - to connect people who live worlds apart through online lending. To see that connection translate to a meeting of business partners - Kiva Entrepreneur and Kiva Lender - in the "real world" is such a beautiful thing!Tom Hutchinson is a Kiva Lender who is traveling with his girlfriend in beautiful Ecuador for a couple of months. As a lender to several businesses in Ecuador through MIFEX, a Kiva Partner, Tom decided to visit his business partners and congratulate them on their success face-to-face.Thanks to the MIFEX staff... Continue Reading >>

Dec 15, 2006

PEMCI's mission is to build wealth and assets, encourage self-employment, increase incomes and restore market forces to benefit individuals and communities through affordable and sustainable microloans and related financial services. This would be achieved through: innovative ideas; diversified financial products; programs and services to individuals and communities especially low income entrepreneurs in the informal sector; networking with other development partners; teamwork and mobilization of resources and support nationally and worldwide.Ultimately PEMCI strives to deliver a wide range... Continue Reading >>

Dec 14, 2006

Kiva.org has been nominated for a MySpace Impact Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations making a difference in the world through MySpace. The awards recognize impact-makers in six categories: community-building, health and safety, social justice, poverty relief, environmentalism, and international development. All members of MySpace may nominate candidates, and the community votes each month to select a winner from one of the categories.So vote for Kiva.org now! And don't forget to add Kiva.org to your MySpace Top 8! Continue Reading >>

Dec 11, 2006

We'll be holding another Kiva.org awareness event at the Starbucks Store on Bay and Taylor, in Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco today between 5 - 7pm.Come along and meet some of the Kiva.org staff, make a loan and drink some good coffee.We'd love to see you there! Continue Reading >>

Dec 8, 2006

You asked for it - and now you have it! We've added printable gift certificates to our gift feature so you have a colorful certificate to give the lucky recipient of your Kiva Gift. Even if you purchased your gift certificate before we added this feature you will still be able to print a certificate for your gift - just log in to your Portfolio and all un-redeemed gift certificates will be available for printing.Happy Holiday shopping!  Continue Reading >>

Dec 1, 2006

Kiva.org is extremely pleased to announce a partnership with HOPE International, a global, faith-based, non-profit organization focused on poverty alleviation through microenterprise development.  HOPE's vision is to enable sustainable economic development that results in significant and lasting change, temporal and eternal, in the lives of many people living in poverty. HOPE works in twelve countries: Afghanistan, China, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, South Asia, Uganda, and Ukraine.  HOPE has been operating in... Continue Reading >>