Behind the Apps: Humsara (Kiva Lender badge in Flash)

We were excited to see a new app roll out this week-- created by developer Amol Mittal from San Francisco.  When Amol noticed that the current Kiva badges were geared towards specific publishing platforms (namely wordpress and facebook), he decided to create something that could work for multiple platforms.humsara1



Humsara makes it easy to embed your personal loan portfolio in a slide-show format directly into your website.  Let's learn more about the developer behind the app:


Tell us about yourself.

My name is Amol Mittal.  I'm a freelance designer/developer specializing in Flash applications living in the San Francisco bay area, CA.  As far as hobbies are concerned, I'm a foodie, which is why I'm glad I live in the bay area.  Otherwise I enjoy hiking, user interface design, movies.

How did you get involved with developing apps for Kiva?

I just love what Kiva does.  At first when I heard about it and went on to make my first loan, in my mind I was still thinking of Kiva as a "donation/charity" website. Some time passed and then came the timefor my first repayment. The moment I got the email of my first loan repayment, I then realized what Kiva has accomplished; and that is they have made a loan feel like charity.  I don't lose any money, I get it all (mostly) back eventually.  When I learnt that a developer API had been released, I just felt compelled to try building something.  Build something for a worthy cause and get some development practice at the same time.

What are you plans for the future?

I have a few ideas that I would like to try out.  Most of these ideas are centered around making Kiva's data more accessible, and providing users with tools that make it much easier to see how kiva works.  One Idea is a Loan Timeline Visualizer; which would let the user see exactly when and where the money came from and went to. I also am considering writing an api wrapper in Actionscript 3 for Flash developers.

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