Kiva Blog Updates

Mar 26, 2009

Is Braudelina Florentino the oldest entrepreneur on Kiva? She's 83 and has a home candy business! Continue Reading >>
Mar 25, 2009
Kiva staff are just as addicted to the stories on Kiva as lenders are, and love to email around some of their favorite entrepreneur stories to the office.

Today's favorites:

Khean Tol

Leonel Sicay Raxtun:

Continue Reading >>
Mar 19, 2009
Kiva was recently featured in the UB Post, a Mongolian national independent English weekly newspaper.

It's an interesting article about Kiva's partnership with Xac Bank, and it's also cool to see Kiva in Mongolian press!

Check out the article here. Continue Reading >>
Mar 18, 2009
You know what they say, the way to a non-profit's heart is through their stomach!

Huge thanks to KivaFriends for arranging some amazing pizza to be delivered to the Kiva office for lunch today! Looks like we all had an early lunch today - it's a quarter to noon and the pizza's already gone!!

Thanks again KivaFriends! And we'll see you all on the Community Conference Call. Continue Reading >>
Mar 4, 2009

The World Economic Forum has published its 2009 list of Young Global Leaders, which includes Premal Shah, Kiva's President.

Congratulations Premal! Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009

Today the Kiva office received our very own Kiva Cambodia "Loaner" t-shirts made by Kiva Fellows in Phnom Penh. What a cool design!

Unfortunately it sounds like it might be a little difficult to order your own, check out Kieran Ball's blog from Cambodia with the story about the t-shirts. Continue Reading >>
Mar 2, 2009
Are you someone who keeps coming back to the site waiting for a loan from Sierra Leone, or a loan for a carpentry business?

Now you can use KivaAlerts to let you know when the loan of your preference is available for funding.

KivaAlerts was built by BetterLabs using the Kiva API.

Betterlabs posted about KivaAlerts:

We believe will remind every one interested in supporting the Kiva causes more proactively and we also hope that users will forward interesting loan alerts to friends and family and help grow the lenders... Continue Reading >>
Feb 25, 2009
For those of us who heard all about the Kiva API but didn't quite understand exactly what all the fuss was about, here's a FANTASTIC example of what the Kiva API can be used for:

Kivaworld is a cool way to see the most recent Kiva loan activity, on a world map. You can see all of the current fundraising loans, or the 100 most recent loans Funded, Paid or In repayment.

Check it out here.

KivaWorld was created by Wonsys, an organization "born from the passion of a group of friends" whose "goal is to... Continue Reading >>
Feb 20, 2009
Check out VivaKiva, a website that explains Kiva in Italian (English translation here).

They've even made their own animation to explain the Kiva concept:

Who knows what we'll see next! Continue Reading >>
Feb 13, 2009

For those who haven't read their February Kiva Newsletter, you haven't met Aiesha! Creative Counsel have captured the story of Kiva Lender Aiesha, of Brooklyn NY, as part of the 1000 Voices Archive.

Click here to meet Aiesha! Continue Reading >>