Jun 30, 2009 KV Kiva HQ
By Halle Tecco
Behind the Apps: Kiva World

kivamaps Kiva World, one of the earliest and most coveted Kiva Apps, was created by a team of developers in Northern Italy. The company is called Wonsys S.r.l. and was founded by Simone Dall'Angelo, Michele Finotto and Matteo Nodari. And although I tried to convince Kiva to send me there for this interview, I settled on a few email exchanges. Kiva World is a user-friendly google maps mashup of real time loans on Kiva. The Wonsys team describes it best:  “It's nice to have a glance at world map and see what's happening, who need money, who's working to repay their loan, etc. It really helps to give a sense of what's going on at Kiva, because it's ok to look at a list of entrepreneurs on the Kiva website, but seeing them spread out on the map makes it a tad more impressive, because you know you're helping a lot of people around the globe.”

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The Wonsys Team having fun in Roma

The team has been using Kiva to make loans for years.  And as soon as the API was introduced, they jumped on the opportunity to build something to help spread the word about Kiva.

We think everyone should use Kiva, because you don't need much money to start making a difference.  So we would like to help spread the word about Kiva and help you reach as many people as possible.

When I asked them about plans for the future,  they hinted at a new product idea they'd like to work on in the future.  In the meantime, we can all look forward to a Kiva World companion site that will be launching soon. About Wonsys S.r.l.: Wonysys was founded in 2006, by a small team of developers and computer consultants with offices in Milano and Bergamo.  Wonsys believes in building efficient and usable products custom tailored to clients' needs.  Wonsys deems a constant two-way dialog with clients of utmost importance in order to create a successful product day after day. The Wonsys team is always on top of new technology, which allows them to offer clients a wide range of alternatives to build the finest product in the shortest time possible. If you need Ruby on rails engineers, you can contact Wonsys directly.

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