Feb 19, 2007

Kiva.org has partnered with L'Institution de HOPE RDC, a member of the Hope International network in the Democratic Republic of Congo.IMF HOPE Congo has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2004. During this time, the program has expanded from the capital city of Kinshasa to the cities of Kisangani and Lubumbashi. HOPE serves over 5,000 active clients in Congo. Following a destructive civil war and in a context of continuing political transition, IMF HOPE Congo is one of a few registered microfinance institutions. IMF HOPE Congo’s commitment to industry best practices and... Continue Reading >>

Feb 15, 2007

Kiva.org is proud to announce its first partnership in Tajikstan, with Microloan Fund "MicroInvest" (MLF):Microloan Fund "MicroInvest" is one of the leading non-banking financial institutions of Tajikistan. From the date of establishment in 2002, within the framework of the Fergana Valley Regional Microlending Project implemented by Representation of ACDI/VOCA in Tajikistan, MLF Microinvest has directed all efforts towards achievement of understanding, satisfaction of requirements, and expansion of mutually advantageous cooperation with the its clients. Small loans given by MLF Microinvest on... Continue Reading >>

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 >>