Oct 18, 2006

Kiva.org has been invited to present to the Council of Advocates and Parliamentarians at theGlobal Microcredit Summit, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia November 12-15, 2006. Kiva.org will also be presenting an Associated Session on November 13 at 5:30pm titled "Using the Internet to Raise Low-Cost Capital". Kiva.org is proud to be a part of the 2006 Summit, presented by The Microcredit Summit Campaign. The Summit will convene 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countires to assess progress toward the Summit's goal of reaching 100 million poorest families, and to...
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Oct 16, 2006

Kiva.org is excited to announce our partnership with Kraban Support Foundation in Ghana:Kraban Support Foundation is a local development-oriented NGO with the aim of eradicating rural poverty through community education. The organization deeply shares a philosophy of commitment to help fight poverty by facilitating improved quality of human life in the communities we operate in in Ghana. Our mission is to develop innovative strategies and programs that enhance the capacity and productivity of vulnerable groups in our target deprived communities. Kraban Support Foundation's ultimate aim... Continue Reading >>

Oct 13, 2006

Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank were today awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to create economic and social benefit from below":"Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries. Loans to poor people without any financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea. From modest beginnings three decades ago, Yunus has, first and foremost through Grameen Bank, developed micro-credit into an ever... Continue Reading >>

Oct 11, 2006

Frontline World have confirmed that they will be airing their story on Kiva.org on October 31.Frontline World have been filming a story on Kiva.org over the last month, shooting on two locations, San Francisco and Uganda in East Africa. The story includes the life-cycle of raising funds for a loan - following an entrepreneur in Uganda applying for a loan through a Field Partner right through to the day they receive the funds, as well as meeting some of the original borrowers who have fully repaid their loan through Kiva.org.We're really excited that Frontline will be bringing the story of our... Continue Reading >>

Oct 9, 2006

Matt and Jessica have returned from their travels to Africa with Frontline World - complete with bead necklace and t-shirt gifts for the office! We'll be sure the coffee pot is full over the next few days to help Matt with his jetlag... but in the meantime here are some of the beautiful pics they brought back with them -

Matt and Jessica visited with Janet Alupot, Executive Director of Women's Initiative to Eradicate Poverty in Uganda. They were able to observe Janet's daily activities working with her clients as she accepted loan applications, disbursed loan...

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Oct 3, 2006

Today Kiva announces its second Mexican partnership, with Fundacion para la Vivienda Progresiva (Foundation for Progressive Housing).  FVP is a non-profit organization which works in partnership with CHF International, a non-profit whose mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. In 1996 CHF initiated a home improvement loan pilot project in Ciudad Juarez to assist workers and their...
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Sep 26, 2006

Our very own Matt and Jessica Flannery have flown to Uganda today to meet the Frontline World crew in Kampala. They'll be visting Kiva's partners Life in Africa and WITEP to learn about how our partners manage the loans on the ground, and also meeting some borrowers and new loan applicants to capture their experiences. We're really excited to see the footage of these people we communicate with every week via email and Skype but haven't actually met in person yet, and of course to see footage of some of the borrowers. The air date is looking...
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Sep 21, 2006

Kiva's President Premal Shah today spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative as a panel member for the working session "Poverty Alleviation: Knowledge is Power: Using Technology to Get Ahead". This working session was webcast live by the Clinton Global Initiative, and Kiva.org is extremely grateful for the exposure we have received through this invitation. Perhaps the highlight of the conference was Premal's introduction to Bill Clinton, who said he had read all about Kiva.org and loves the work we are doing. We had never thought to include "Bill Clinton knowing...
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Sep 17, 2006

Kiva.org is today launching its Community Partner relationship with the new Bay & Taylor Starbucks location in San Francisco. We'll be at the store tonight from 3:00pm - 8:00pm introducing customers to Kiva.org with a loan station created specifically for this partnership. Kiva.org is very excited to be partnering with Starbucks, who has an impressive record of contributing back to the communities in which they operate - both those to which they sell coffee and those from which they buy coffee. We're looking forward to the day someone can walk into any...
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Sep 15, 2006

Kiva.org is proud to be announce Geoff Davis, President and CEO of Unitus, as the latest addition to its Advisory Board.  Geoff Davis is President and CEO of Unitus, a social venture capital investor for the microfinance industry. Geoff has worked with microfinance programs worldwide since 1995, beginning with a program he founded in central Mexico. He was an early employee at Grameen Foundation USA, a global microfinance leader. Geoff has spoken widely on microfinance at the International Monetary Fund, Harvard, Stanford and conferences in...
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