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! The column is still the fourth most e-mailed article in The New York Times, and 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 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 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 has arrived in Hollywood!Maroon 5 hosted a Casino Night fundraiser for 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 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 1. Log in to your Portfolio (go to 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 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 >>

Feb 28, 2007

Congratulations! has been awarded a $300k grant from the Draper Richards Foundation! These funds will be used to help us cover operating expenses necessary for the unbelievable growth we've been experiencing.The Draper Richards Foundation was founded in 2002 by William H. Draper, III and Robin Richards Donohoe, venture capitalists who believe in the power of innovation and passionate individuals to change the world. Only six Draper Richards fellowships are awarded each year, and they are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit organizations.... Continue Reading >>

Feb 27, 2007

We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the team, Anushka Ratnayake, Client Services and Fellows Program Co-ordinator:Anushka coordinates's Field Representative Program while working to develop and manage customer service. Anushka has traveled extensively and while in school was deeply involved in retention efforts and the educational rights of students from local low income communities. While traveling she had the opportunity to visit a number of villages in India which have seen the benefits of microfinance loans and was deeply touched to witness first... Continue Reading >>

Feb 22, 2007

Today the Three Millionth Dollar was loaned through! The more you loan, the more Field Partners we'll partner with and the more entrepreneurs in the developing world will be given a chance at supporting themselves through a small business.Keep it up Kivans! Continue Reading >>