Aug 22, 2006 is pleased to announce the addition of John Hatch, founder of FINCA, to our Advisory Board.  John Hatch is the founder of FINCA, one of the world's leading microcredit institutions with programs in 23 countries and over one million low-income families assisted since its inception in 1984. John is also known as the father of "village banking", a group loan methodology now replicated by over 800 micro-credit programs in 60 countries. John's economic development career spans 44 years, during which time he was a Peace Corps volunteer and...
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Aug 21, 2006 is thrilled to announce that the IRS has determined to be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Code. We are extremely pleased that the IRS has recognized the social value of as a public charity, and we will be updating our site to reflect this new status as soon as possible.We would like to thanks all those that have been involved in helping achieve this status - both staff and our team of lawyers at Bingham McCutchen, San Francisco. We are extremely grateful for all your hard work - thank you! Continue Reading >>

Aug 17, 2006

Following on the tremendous success of our Awareness Parties in Los Angeles and San Francisco, we're bringing the party to NYC.   Why? Because Kiva parties are always a good time - and it's a great way to introduce Kiva to your friends ("Hey, wanna come to a party?"). So come along and bring your friends - we love any opportunity to meet all the Kivans out there, and of course we want to tell your friends why they should be a Kiva lender too! Where: Libation (3rd Floor)            137 Ludlow St, NYC mapWhen: Thursday, August 24, 8:00pmEntry is free for Kiva... Continue Reading >>

Aug 16, 2006

Still dominating the news, Kiva has been featured in a BusinessWeek SmallBiz slideshow. Take a minute to browse through some pics of our entrepreneurs - and forward the slideshow to your friends! There's no better way to show how Kiva works than to send them a slideshow of Kiva stories. Click through to the story here, and click on the picture of Kem Pharin in her boat surrounded by water spinach fields to click through to the slideshow.
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Aug 11, 2006 is currently piloting in Uganda and Kenya a solution which allows partners to update the website from their's partnership with Microsoft Research through the Digital Inclusion project brought to our attention the difficulties our African partners have been overcoming to access the Kiva system. Electrical power in East Africa is very often provided only every other day, and internet connections are at best extremely slow and sporadic. These conditions make uploading required content (business descriptions and updates) extremely cumbersome.As many third... Continue Reading >>

Aug 8, 2006 has been honored with an invitation to the second annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting, September 20-22, 2006, in New York City. This year's group will include King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Tony Blair, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, First Lady Laura Bush, Warren Buffett, Hernando de Soto, Bill Gates, Lakshmi Mittal, Rupert Murdoch, General Colin Powell, Lee Scott Jr., Muhammad Yunus, and dozens of additional distinguished leaders.  This nonpartisan Initiative brings together a...
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Aug 4, 2006 is honored to announce the addition of Sam Daley-Harris to's Advisory Board.  Sam Daley-Harris is President and Founder of RESULTS Educational Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to mass educational strategies to generate the will to end world hunger. RESULTS Educational Fund organized the February 1997 Microcredit Summit held in Washington, D.C. The Summit was attended by more than 2,900 participants from 137 countries and launched a nine-year campaign to reach 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, with... Continue Reading >>

Aug 2, 2006

We know you've been asking for it: "When are you going to put a search feature on the site?" Well, we finally got it up there and you can now search your heart out!That's right, our super sleek Businesses page now allows you to easily switch from businesses In Need, Raised, Active or Paid back, by loan amount or by date of posting.And if that's not enough, click on the "Show More Options" link and you can also search by region, sector or gender! (If I ever have to click through 500 businesses again and select a sector and gender for each one...)Thanks for your patience - we are working to... Continue Reading >>

Jul 31, 2006

Last week had a record week, receiving over $23,000 in loan funds! That's FIFTY loans that were raised last week and every last cent that you sent us will be sent to your chosen loan receipient. This is our biggest week yet and we are so excited for the massive support our lenders have shown our entrepreneurs by helping them get the loan they need. We also received a lot of emails last week from people who read the BusinessWeek article about Kiva or saw the ABC News Now story and forwarded it to their friends and... Continue Reading >>

Jul 28, 2006

If you've never visited PledgeBank before, it's a great place to find others who care about the same issues you do andwant to do something about it.Currently 16 people have pledged to make a loan through but only if the number of pledgers reaches 35 by August 1. So what are you waiting for? Call your friends, tell your neighbors, email your in-laws and join the pledge. There's power in numbers! Continue Reading >>