Triple Pundit, April 19, 2013 – Kiva and Crowdsourcing Solar is a Bright and Powerful Idea
The Citizen, East Africa, April 12, 2013 – Kiva, The World’s Largest Micro-lender to Set Up Shop in Nairobi
Bloomberg Business Week, April 8, 2013 – Crowdfunders Are Quietly Donation and Lending Billions
KCBS Radio, April 2, 2013 - Bay Area Nonprofits Offer Support To Boost Statewide Microlending Efforts
KGO Radio, April 2, 2013 – Kiva and CAMEO Partnership Boosts Access to Crowdfunded Microloans
PBS, April 2, 2013 - A World Tour to Meet a Florist, a Barber and Other Microloan Entrepreneurs
Fresno Business Journal, April 2, 2013 - Microlenders Launch Central Valley Effort
Central Valley Business Journal, April 2, 2013 - Central Valley microlender expands its reach with Kiva and CAMEO
Fresno Bee, April 1, 2013 – Op Ed: Invest In Your Backyard
San Jose Mercury News, April 1, 2013 – Op Ed by Matt Flannery: Economic recovery, Fueling the 99 percent of businesses is what's needed to create jobs
WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show, April 1, 2013 - Interview with Bob Harris of the "International Bank of Bob"
Good, March 26, 2013 - After Giving Hundreds of Kiva Loans, I Learned the Five Most Important Words of My Life
TechCrunch, March 22, 2013 - Kiva Piloting Microlending For U.S. Small Biz, Clinton Says It’s ‘A Very Big Deal’
The Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 2013 - What six piles of pennies can mean in Rwanda: why I Kiva
The Daily Beast, March 19, 2013 - This Week's Hot Reads: March 18, 2013
TriplePundit, March 19, 2013 - Kiva Announces $400 Million Microfinance Milestone
itbusiness.ca, March 18, 2013 - Crowdfunding site hits one million loans with help from Canada
TechCrunch, March 18, 2013 - Kiva’s Crowdfunded Loans Platform Chalks Up 1M Borrowers & $400M Lent, After Seven Years Of Micro-Lending To Alleviate Poverty
The Next Web, March 18, 2013, - Good Crowdfunding: Kiva hits $400m in micro-loans, reaching 1 million borrowers
Arkansas Matters, March 18, 2013 - Little Rock Cheese Biz Cashing in on Kiva
Forbes, March 18, 2013 - Q&A with Bob Harris: From a $3 Billion Hotel to a $25 Microfinance Loan
Texarkana Gazette, March 16, 2013 - Clinton announces microloan program in Arkansas
AP, March 15, 2013 - Clinton announces microloan program in Arkansas
KATV, March 15, 2013 - Pres. Clinton announces program that uses global online community for microloans
ArkansasOnline, March 15, 2013 - Clinton announces Kiva Little Rock
Boston Globe, March 15, 3013 - 'The International Bank of Bob' by Bob Harris
Boing Boing, March 5, 2013 - The International Bank of Bob - exclusive excerpt from Bob Harris' new book about his microloan adventures
Washington Post, March 3, 2013 - Capital One expands partnership with Kiva
New York Times, March 2, 2013 - Walking the Country as a Spiritual Quest
Travel and Leisure, February 28, 2013 - 4 Great New Books for Travelers
Philanthrophy News Digest, January 11, 2013 - Kiva City Launches in Washington D.C.
Washington Times, January 10, 2013 - Kiva.org and Capital One Bank fostering small business micro-loans
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 9, 2013 - Kiva Expands Microfinancing Program to Washington
Black Enterprise, January 8, 2013 - Kiva & Capital One to Give $150k to D.C. Area Small Businesses
Washington Post, January 8, 2013 - Microfinance nonprofit Kiva launches in D.C.
Holaciudad!, January 8, 2013 - Nuevos fondos para pequeños empresarios.
WLTZ.com, January 8, 2013 - Kiva City D.C. Launches to to Bolster Small Business Growth in Greater Washington, D.C. Area
Forbes, December 29, 2012 - My Favorite Entrepreneur Resolutions for 2013
USA Today, December 19, 2012 - These gift cards help pay for college or a business
Babble, December 18, 2012 - #26 Acts of Kindness –20 Simple Things You Can Do
LA Times, December 13, 2012 - Join the next generation of doing good - philanthropy 2.0
Glamour, December 8, 2012 - 11 Gifts That Give Back Under $75: How Your Holiday Present Can Have an Impact
VentureBeat, December 4, 2012 - TripAdvisor, Kiva to fund ‘hopes and dreams’ of world’s entrepreneurs
TechCrunch, December 4, 2012 - TripAdvisor Combines Philantrophy And Marketing By Letting Reviewers Give A Free $25 Kiva Microloan
Forbes, December 3, 2012 - There's More To Fighting Poverty Than Writing Big Checks And Claiming Tax Deductions
Seattle Times, December 1, 2012 - Gifts for travelers tha give back | Travel Wise
Repat Armenia, November 29, 2012 - Supporting Armenians Through Microlending
Arabian Business, November 21, 2012 - Making over the multi-billion microfinance industry
Washington Post, November 21, 2012 - Thanks to humanity!
New York Times, November 8, 2012 - A International Financier, on a Teensy Scale
PC Mag, November 1, 2012 - Facebook Gifts Now Supports Charitable Donations
Jackson Free Press, October 17, 2012 - Raising Kids Who Care
Women's Web, October 8, 2012 - Kiva: Now Micro Financing In India
Business Standard, October 3, 2012 - The dawn of e-microfinance
Current, August 9, 2012 - Can micro loans fill the small-business void banks can't support?
News India Times, August 26, 2012 - Altruism Online: Kiva Goes to India
India West, August 17, 2012 - Kiva Adds India to Its Worldwide Microlending Menu
Huffington Post, August 8, 2012 - Businesses With Impact: Kiva.org
Washington Post, August, 2012 - For small entrepreneurs, when the bank says no, microcredit increasingly becoming the answer
Qatar is Booming, July 8, 2012 - “Kiva Arab Youth” Spurs Lending of over US$ 1 Million to young entrepreneurs in the Arab world.
4 NBC Southern California, July 6, 2012 - Kiva’s Microloans Available for LA Small Businesses
LA Times, June 27, 2012 - Microlender Kiva begins making loans in L.A. area
89.3 KPCC. June 27, 2012 - Hello Kiva! Villaraigosa welcomes microlending to LA
Bloomberg, June 12, 2012 - Solar Lamps, Cookstoves and a ‘Bouncy Castle of Excrement’.
INC., March 20, 2012 - Reid Hoffman Wants You to Invest His Money
Mashable Business, March 15, 2012 - 725,000 Loans Granted By Kiva, 2.6 Billion To Go
Huffington Post, March 15, 2012 - Creating a Cycle of Sustainable Change
Times-Picayune March 12, 2012 - Kiva CEO Presents Awards to 2 Local Entrepreneurs
TechCrunch, March 12, 2012 - Visit kiva.org/free To Microlend $1 Million of Reid Hoffman’s Money
Gulf Times, March 11, 2012 - New Initiative to Fund Young Entreprenuers
Washington Post, March 8, 2012 - International Women’s Day: 10 ways to celebrate
Credit Union Times, September 7, 2011 - Kiva New Orleans, ASI FCU Team Up to Rebuild a Ravaged City
The Times-Picayune, August 28, 2011 - Microlending program is launched in New Orleans by Kiva
Crains Detroit, July 3, 2011 - Microloan website funds five startups after launching in Detroit
WXYZ, June 30, 2011 - Kiva Detroit plans to help small businesses get off the ground $25 at a time
Huffington Post, June 30, 2011 - Americans Can Help Each Other a Lot by Lending a Little
Detroit Free Press, June 29, 2011 - Tom Walsh: Microloans deserve praise
ABC News, June 29, 2011 - President Bill Clinton Job-Creation Blueprint Fact Check
Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2011 - Clinton Launches Micro-Lending Drive
Fast Company, April 21, 2011 - Lend To Carbon-Cutting Entrepreneurs With Kiva's New Green Loan Program
TechCrunch, April 21, 2011 - Kiva Expands Micro-Loans To Green Businesses
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 6, 2011 - Kiva Reaches $200-Million in Loans
TakePart.com, March 2, 2011 - Kiva wins $200k from American Express and TakePart's Members Project
The Oprah Winfrey Show, November 19, 2010 - Kiva.org selected as one of Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things 2010
Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2010 - Kiva Expands Microlending Reach to U.S. Businesses
San Francisco Business Times, October 20, 2010 - Visa gives Kiva $1M for U.S. microloans
San Francisco Business Times, September 20, 2010 - Kiva expands into higher ed lending
TechCrunch, September 20, 2010 - Kiva Adds Student Loans To Microlending Marketplace
The Huffington Post, September 20, 2010 - Kiva.org Expands Microloans To College Students
Fast Company, September 20, 2010 - Kiva Lets You Fund a Student's Education, $25 at a Time
The Economist, September 9th, 2010 - Making the grade: Funding poor students could be the next big thing in microfinance
Venture Beat, August 12, 2010 - Kiva banks $5M grant from Omidyar Network
Sam's Club, May 4, 2010 - KIVA and YMCA of the USA Win $1 Million Grants From Sam’s Club®
TechCrunch, November 1, 2009 - Four Years After Founding, Kiva Hits $100 Million In Microloans
Time, 2009 - 50 Best Websites 2009
Kiva links "micro-bankers" like you and me with screened "micro-preneurs" in the developing world (and now even in the U.S.).
Fortune, November 9, 2009 - FORTUNE 40 UNDER 40
Premal Shah & Matthew Flannery
The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2009 - Industry Leaders Create Microfinance Investing Standards
“Moody's Investors Service (MCO) announced Friday an initiative to begin issuing credit ratings for microfinance institutions that work with person-to-person micro lending Web site Kiva.org, providing an independent assessment of creditworthiness”
The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2009 - Industry Leaders Create Microfinance Investing Standards
“Moody's Investors Service (MCO) announced Friday an initiative to begin issuing credit ratings for microfinance institutions that work with person-to-person micro lending Web site Kiva.org, providing an independent assessment of creditworthiness”
The New York Times, August 30, 2009 - Winning Ways of Making a Better World
“Kiva in the last four years has distributed over $86 million in micro-loans to the working poor all over the world. It works with local micro-finance institutions, which have the specialist knowledge needed to identify suitable recipients, but don’t have enough money to help them.”
The New York Times, August 18, 2009 - Do-It-Yourself Foreign Aid
“Choose a woman to lend to on kiva.org. The minimum amount is $25, and you can choose from people all over the world. The money will be used to support a business and will be paid back.”
ABC World News Tonight, June 10, 2009 - Networking Micro-Loans With Kiva
INC., June 10, 2009 - Microloans for All?
“The microfinance world is abuzz today after online microlending site Kiva.org kicked off an expansion program that will allow individuals to make loans to entrepreneurs in the United States.”
Good Morning America, June 10, 2009 - Kiva Brings Life-Changing Loans to the U.S. Meet the American Entrepreneurs Seeking Micro-Loans and Find Out How to Lend
“Micro-loans are made from one individual to another, and the Web site Kiva.org is dedicated to facilitating those kinds of loans around the world. The nonprofit company, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, Calif., connects individual borrowers or "entrepreneurs" with lenders who make direct loans of as little as $25.”
USA Today, June 10, 2009 - Kiva to feed cash-starved US small businesses
“Kiva.org has spent the past 3 1/2 years raising money on the Internet to finance destitute entrepreneurs in 44 impoverished countries. Now in a sign of the economy's spreading despair, the online "microlender" is reaching out to low-income entrepreneurs in the United States.”
BBC News, June 10, 2009 - Internet loans swing toward US
“Kiva is founded on a simple principle: individuals can make loans across the internet. They don't get interest, but rather the satisfaction of seeing the money returned as the business repay the loans.”
Network World, March 9, 2009 - IT innovations help Kiva expand microfinance mission
“Kiva released its API, or application programming interface, on Feb. 3 after five months of work. Kiva's IT team says the release allows tech-savvy supporters to develop more ways to interact with the organization online that will help it expand its reach. "If we can empower other developers who are passionate about what we're doing, that would be very powerful. It would help us reach more people than what we can do with the in-house staff," says Skylar Woodward, director of Kiva's developer program.”
Forbes.com, June 3, 2008 - When Small Loans Make A Big Difference
“Kiva mixes the entrepreneurial daring of Google with the do-gooder ethos of Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2.”
Inc.com, June 2, 2008 - Small Loans, Big Results
“On the day that Phal An is interviewed about her business, her modest home in the village of Damnak Sankae, Cambodia, is crowded with excited family members. Phal An is a rice winemaker in her late 50s -- and one of thousands of entrepreneurs listed on Kiva.org, a website that facilitates microloans to entrepreneurs in developing nations all over the world..”
Glamour, June 2008 - How $25 can change a woman's life
“By donating as little as $25 to a microfinance organization, you can help women like Grace--seamstresses, shoemakers, potters--all over the world.”
Women's Health, June 2008 - 100 most useful sites on the web
“Log on and lend as little or as much money as you like to entrepreneurs in developing countries. You could help a 38-year-old mother in Senegal stock her retail store with lemons, palm oil, and brooms or a 29-year-old man in Lebanon open an auto repair shop..”
TIME.com, June 2008 - 50 Best Websites 2008
“A unique peer-to-peer lending site that focuses on microloans, Kiva lets lenders pledge funds � from $25 and up � to entrepreneurs in developing countries.”
Town & Country, June 2008 - Doing Good at a Distance
“Individual loans, which start at $25, help fund everyone from a grocer in South Lebanon to a farmer in Tajikistan - and as each small business succeeds, the entrepreneur pays back the loan, with interest.”
CNN, April 3, 2008 - Your $25 can start a business, change a life
“ This is microfinancing. It allows everyday people to invest as little as $25 to help people in developing countries climb out of poverty. The concept of microfinancing is nothing new. At its essence, it's making small loans to the working poor. The loans are used to establish or expand small businesses to help families earn more money.”
The Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2008 - Microlending for Microbankers
“The Web site run by KIVA (www.kiva.org) has attracted a lot of attention to microfinance in the past two years. Individuals could select a recipient and contribute $25 or more online. The money is typically repaid and could be lent again or taken out of the account.”
FOX News, March 17, 2008 - On The Record with Greta Van Susteren
“PRESIDENT CLINTON: For as little as $25, you can actually go on this website, pick a, let's say, guy running a garage in Afghanistan, and contribute money, and you see the effect of your money. Then they pay your money back, and when you get paid back, you can either turn around and loan it to someone else, or take it back.
VAN SUSTEREN: I've done that, actually, and it's fun.
CLINTON: It is fun, isn't it?"
Forbes, March 10, 2008 - The Only Nonprofit That Matters
“Standard-issue charities take as much as 40 cents on the dollar for administrative costs, but Kiva directs 100% to borrowers, thanks in part to free payment processing from PayPal.”
The Boston Globe, March 10, 2008 - Tale of microloans urges kids to generosity
“With $10, for example, a child could download some iTunes or - through an online lending service like Kiva - potentially change a person's life...”
MarketWatch from Dow Jones, March 4, 2008 - Five ways to give like an entrepreneur
“Circumvent the International Money Fund: With as little as $20, you can be a microlender.”
Fortune, March 3, 2008 - The only nonprofit that matters
“The toast of Oprah, the Today show, and Bill Clinton's latest tome, Giving, Kiva is a way for First World lenders to link with developing-world entrepreneurs, be they Peruvian farmers, Afghan basket weavers, or even Ugandan liquor store owners. And if someone like Mukasa seems unlike the typical charity case, well, this is not the typical charity.”
Cosmopolitan, March 2008 - The Giving Chronicles: Pay Pals
“While doing nonprofit work in East Africa, Jessica Jackley Flannery saw what a huge difference a small amount of money can make for poor entrepreneurs. That inspired her to cofound kiva.org, the first person-to-person microflending Website.”
USA Today, February 11, 2008 - Valentine's Day gifts must be politically correct these days
“Also popular are gift certificates from Kiva (kiva.org), which lets consumers lend small sums to workers in developing countries. Elaine DiRico, a retired chef from Austin, bought a $50 card for her husband: "It's a way to create a caring community.”
CNET, February 8, 2008 - Kiva humanizes microlending to third-world entrepreneurs
“Kiva, a peer-to-peer online microlending nonprofit organization, is changing the dynamics of microfinance by linking people who have money to loan up with entrepreneurs in developing countries who need some capital, all over the Internet. What is considered pocket change for many people in the United States can go a long way toward helping a struggling businessman get started in another part of the world.”
Financial Times, February 2, 2008 - Satisfaction guaranteed by a little research
“Kiva.org helps donors connect with, and lend money to, entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing countries. By engaging in this sort of microfinance, donors hope to enable the working poor to move towards economic independence.”
Spirit, February 2008 - The Knowledge: Jessica Flannery
“Giving a loan through Kiva makes a huge impact that can be difficult to quantify. Nearly all the entrepreneurs have been poor all their lives. But the loan communicates hope, and tells the entrepreneur that you, the lender, have faith in her.”
Business Record, January 26, 2008 - Global Reach
“Mike Messina isn't an international banker, and he's certainly no Bill Gates, but that hasn't stopped him from financing small businesses on a global scale. In less than a year, Messina has loaned more than $2,000 of his savings, mostly $25 at a time, to 48 small businesses in two dozen countries through Kiva.org, a Web-based micro-lending organization.”
ABC 7, January 17, 2008 - Nobel Prize winner inspires non-profit
“We live in the land of jumbo-mortgages and giant business loans. But in many places around the world, it doesn't take that kind of money to make a difference. A Bay Area non-profit is a case-in-point.” Watch the story here.
Financial Times, January 12, 2008 - Charity no longer a cottage industry
“What is happening on kiva.org reflects three big trends in philanthropy. For a start, the activities of the website's users are global, with donors sending funds to far-off countries. Second, donors are looking for feedback on the impact of their donations. And third, technology is powering the transaction, facilitating the donation as well as providing information on the needs and the benefits of the funding.”
IBM Podcast, January 11, 2008 - IBM and the Future of Microfinance
Jessica Flannery, Kiva.org Co-Founder, and Kevin Thompson, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Senior Program Manager, discuss the future of microfinance. Listen here.
Today Show, January 11, 2008 - Loans that Change the World
NBC Correspondent John Larson: “I became a Kiva Lender about a year ago, so on a recent trip to Africa I checked out three Kiva borrowers I knew only by their photograph. I found this Masai tribeswoman, and this seed and grain merchant. All showed me how they were using their Kiva loans, he to buy inventory for his store and to rent land to farm, and she to buy cattle and buy more beads to make jewelery to sell to tourists.” Watch the show here.
Reuters, January 7, 2008 - Oprah effect brings microlending to Main Street
“The credit crisis may be fouling up billion-dollar takeover deals, but if you're a poor African seamstress who needs a loan for a new sewing machine, you could not ask for a better borrowing market to expand your business. Anyone with $25 to spare and an Internet connection can now become an international microfinancier through Kiva, an organization that matches individual lenders with impoverished entrepreneurs in the developing world.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, January 1, 2008 - Ten things that will change your future
“Kiva takes (the idea of peer-to-peer lending) and applies it to the established concept of microfinance - making small loans to the working poor to help them establish or expand businesses. So, instead of giving a donation to an organisation such as Oxfam to distribute, peer-to-peer lending lets you invest small amounts directly in a particular entrepreneur - such as Mohamad Marah in Kabala, Sierra Leone. With his $US200 loan, Marah has been able to expand his garment business, buying three extra sewing machines.”
Multilingual, January/February 2008 - Changing the world one word at a time
“Helping low-income entrepreneurs in developing countries is an investment in the present and the future, and Kiva.org's volunteer translators play crucial roles in changing people's lives - only only on the presonal level, but also on the community and national levels.”
The Boston Globe, December 29, 2007 - Change the world, one click at a time
“Kiva.org, founded in 2005, connects lenders with entrepreneurs in developing countries. Lenders are able to feel a personal connection with a project and can get progress updates from the borrowers, instead of feeling that they are giving money to a nameless institution.”
Marketplace Morning Report, December 25, 2007 - Small Loans Appeal to Bootstrap Crowd
“Microloans have become a trend in international development circles... Typically, the giving is the domain of the U.N. But now, a growing number of websites are giving ordinary people the chance to get involved. Kiva.org was the first of these peer-to-peer microcredit websites to launch.”
Good Morning America, December 18, 2007 - 'Tis the Season for Giving
“Kiva.org is a groundbreaking Web site that allows one to lend money directly to aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries... The system gives struggling entrepreneurs access to financial services that have not been available to them.”
Forbes, December 14, 2007 - Give Like An Entrepreneur
“Kiva.org allows budding entrepreneurs in the developing world to solicit loans. They outline their needs, their plans to use the money and their ability to repay a loan.”
The United States Department of State USINFO, December 12, 2007 - Web Site Lets People Offer Microloans to Borrowers Worldwide
“Kiva did not invent microfinance - the supply of loans, savings and other small-scale financial services to the poor - but its creation of an online marketplace for lenders and borrowers is innovative enough to have led to explosive growth of over 30 percent per month since the Web site's founding in 2005.”
Ode, December 2007 - Think outside the bank
“Combine the principles of microfinance and online social networking, and you get a new phenomenon: peer-to-peer lending, or social lending as it's sometimes called. In the last two years, more than a dozen websites have been launched to connect borrowers and lenders - no banks required... One site, Kiva, is using the concept to fund no-interest loans in developing nations ”
The Economist, December 2007 - Six of the best: Our selection of trend-spotters' tips for 2008
“'Peer-to-peer' lending is working its way into the charitable sector, too: Kiva.org puts potential 'social investors' in touch with small businesses in the developing world, which promise to send email updates on how the business is developing.”
USA Today, December 11 2008 - Green gifts: 'Oh, you shouldn't have - really!'
“Stephanie Preble, 37, a Seattle teacher, caterer and mother of three, says her family can live without Christmas wrapping paper. They also plan to donate to Kiva.org, the online loan-giving charity, but will still keep the traditional stocking-stuffers and gifts from Santa for the kids.”
Domino, December/January 2008 - Antidote to Overload
“Microlending is one of the cleverest ways to give... At Kiva.org, a $25 gift card you purchase for a friend can then help a struggling business owner in a third-world country, like a candy-store owner in Ukraine who wants to expand inventory, or a vegetable vendor in Azerbaijan.”
NEED, December 2007 - Generosity: Gifts that Give
“Ever thought of dabbling in a new business venture? Do you have $25 USD to loan to someone transitioning out of poverty? Kiva could be just the organization you are looking for.”
Business Nation, December 5, 2007 - Kiva
“A look at how a network of small lenders, brought together by a remarkable website, is making a big difference in developing nations, one micro loan at a time.” Watch here.
Minnesota Public Radio, December 4, 2007 - Where tiny loans make a big difference
“Kiva has received a lot of attention for the innovative way it allows people around the world to make loans. Everyday people can act as banks, and make a loan of as little as $25 over the Internet.” Listen here.
Al Jazeera, November 8, 2007 - Riz Khan
“Becoming a banker to the poor is a lot easier than you think. You can now help lift people out of poverty with... USD 25, thanks to a website that effectively targets the needy. Kiva.org is only 2 years old but in that short time it has made big waves in the world of microfinance.” Watch here.
Stanford Magazine, November/December 2007 - Small Change, Big Payoff
“Like MySpace or Facebook, Kiva functions as a community, so you can browse through profiles of other lenders (complete with photos, hometowns, philosophies and portfolios) to see who's involved with what. The site's Journal section offers progress reports on the entrepreneurs (and their repayments) as well as recommendations. Then you can pick a business to help finance.”
CBS News, October 31, 2007 - Fight Poverty With Online Microlending
“You've heard the story - "give a man a fish and he eats for a day, give him a fishing rod and he eats for life." In this business model, you lend him money to buy the fishing rod so that he can fish, sell his fish, hire an apprentice and repay the loan.”
Smithsonian Magazine, October 2007 - 37 Under 36: America's Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences.
I, Lender “Kiva operates on a people-to-people model, allowing private individuals to make loans to borrowers seeking to establish small businesses in developing countries.”
African Path, October 15, 2007 - Microfinance: Kiva unlocks the golden pot with a click
“Kiva is like a feel good story where everyone wins: the lender, the borrower and Kiva's partners. There is room for expansion and a few more smiles for entrepreneurs in developing countries.”
Hartford Courant, October 4, 2007 - Tiny Business Loans Pay Big Emotional Return
“A nonprofit based in San Francisco, Kiva has not yet celebrated its two-year anniversary and is already attracting international attention for its unique mission - blending the principles of microfinancing with the power of online social networking to deliver business loans to the world's working poor.”
San Francsico Chronicle, September 30, 2007 - Microcredit movement tackling poverty one tiny loan at a time
“Kiva.org, praised by Clinton in his new book, is the first organization to take microcredit online and link lenders and borrowers. People who want to make loans - the minimum is $25 - choose recipients on the Web site and use their credit cards and PayPal.”
Sydney Morning Herald, September 29, 2007 - Harnessing the power of the net to support Third World businesses
“Last month I became a financier, or, to be more specific, a microfinancier. I lent $50 to Saitia Teropika in Samoa. I've never been to Samoa or met Teropika, but I know she's 37 years old and has nine children. I know the money is to help her buy seeds and pesticides to expand her market garden. I know all this because of an innovative organisation called Kiva, which supports charity in the form of zero-interest business loans. It does this by using a website to link people in the First World to people in the Third.”
The Wall Street Journal Online, September 23, 2007 - Help Impoverished Entrepreneurs With Loans
“While Americans gave record sums to charity last year, some are finding that loaning their money can be altruistic as well... The basic idea is to make small, short-term "microloans" to impoverished entrepreneurs who don't otherwise have access to capital -- helping improve their businesses and therefore their lives.”
NHK, September 8, 2007 - Let's save Uganda with 25 dollars per loan: A new Loan Business challenging poverty
“'Kiva' is a social venture which supports people in developing nations with a common citizen's 25 dollars per loan... Already they have collected 10 million dollars and loaned to more than 30 nations in the world. Uganda is where the Flannerys started this loan, and now more than 500 people have received loans, creating businesses such as peanut butter retail, taxi driver, etc.”
Morning Edition, September 7, 2007 - President Clinton speaks about Kiva.org as a way that people can give
“With Kiva you can make a small business loan of as little as $25, to a business man or a woman whom you select on the Kiva website. It will be delivered through a local non-governmental organization that can be trusted to monitor the progress of the business and make sure the money gets paid back. They have an enormous repayment rate, and then when you see what your loan did, when it's repaid, you can either turn around and loan the money to a new Kiva recipient or you can take your money back.” Listen here
The Oprah Winfrey Show, September 4, 2007 - Make a Difference
“A revolutionary idea has made it possible for anyone to help people in Third World countries via the Internet - and it can be addictive! Visitors to Kiva.org can read the story of someone who needs help starting a small business. For as little as $25, they can choose a loan to partially finance - and help lift someone out of poverty in the process.”
Today Show, September 3, 2007 - Changing the world one loan at a time
“'Kiva has re-invented lending in the 21st century. Anyone with at least $25 can log on to the site, browse the profiles of entrepreneurs in third-world countries and choose which cause to support.” Watch the show here.
PC Magazine, August 27, 2007 - Top 100 Undiscovered Web Sites
“Want to sink your cash into something more rewarding than an Apple iPhone? Put that $600 to work helping those less fortunate with Kiva, the site that lets you easily make small loans to deserving entrepreneurs worldwide.”
The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2007 - A New Generation Reinvents Philanthropy
“' You can donate money to a charity, but it seems like it just goes into a pile and you never know what really goes on there,' says Mr. Alamo, the Kiva lender. 'With Kiva, you just pick someone out and lend to them directly and watch what they do and how they succeed. That was the main appeal.' Kiva, which started in the fall of 2005, has already drawn more than 89,600 lenders who have lent $10 million.”
Yahoo! News, August 21, 2007 - The $10 Million Giveaway?
“In their office in San Francisco's Mission District, Matt and Jessica Flannery and Premal Shah work with the fervor and techno savvy of an Internet startup aiming for an IPO. But they aren't chasing the cash for themselves. They're doing it for Esther Egbulu in Nigeria, a mother of six who wants an $800 loan to stock her shop with frozen chickens and turkey...”
Kiplinger's Finance, August 2007 - Fight Poverty With Micro Loans
“You don't have to be rich to be a venture capitalist. For as little as $25, you can provide seed capital to a fledgling baker in Azerbaijan or fund a home-products wholesaler in Ecuador.”
MSN Money, July 25, 2007 - 7 ways to buy happiness
“Kiva then pools these microloans so that specific individuals -- you can read their profiles on the Kiva Web site -- can accomplish their goals..”
The Seattle Times, June 22, 2007 - Banking on Bulgaria's Gypsy businesses
“Through Kiva, we made interest-free loans of $25 each to Diana and to Silvia and Todor whose pictures, bios and business plans were posted on the nonprofit's Web site. Then on a recent trip to Bulgaria, we veered off the tourist route to visit our new partners and see how business was going.”
Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, June 19, 2007 - Kiva - Life Changing Loans
“Direct and straightforward lending to individuals in developing countries is here... You don't have to be a Bill Gates to drastically change people's lives anymore.” Listen here.
Marketplace Money, June 8, 2007 - Give to Global Entrepreneurship
“Normally, microfinancing happens on a larger scale. Banks and other financial outfits lend small amounts of money to people who are too poor to get a traditional loan. Usually, in the developing world. But several organizations - like Kiva.org - now allow you to become a microlender... New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently wrote about some loans that he's made. So we invited him to talk about the experience.” Listen here.
ABC World News Tonight, June 5, 2007 - Peace Through PayPal?
“In Kirkuk, a city in northern Iraq that wavers between war and unsteady peace, a woman named Khadeja runs a beauty shop in the poorest section of town. She needs $1,200 to keep her business going -- a business that supports her parents and disabled brother. In Los Gatos, Calif., a real estate broker named Debby Bright is giving her a loan. Separated by roughly 7,000 miles, Bright and Khadeja connected through Kiva, an online lending network which recently added Iraqis to its list of entrepreneurs in poor countries who are looking to build up a business.” Watch the program here
CNN, May 24, 2007 - CNN Heroes: Community Crusaders
“Kiva -- which means "unity" in Swahili -- allows individuals to make loans as small as $25 to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Since Kiva.org was launched more than two years ago, it has brokered more than $6.5 million in collateral-free loans to more than 9,000 businesses.” Watch here.
BBC Click, May 4, 2007 - Social lending gains net interest
“The social lending site Kiva allows lenders to give to a specific entrepreneur in a poor or developing world country... This sort of scheme is generally called Microfinance. It is not new, but the web's ability to allow anyone to become a banker to the world's poor certainly is.” Watch the program here
World Vision Report, April 15, 2007 - Direct Loans to Fight Poverty
“It's now possible for someone in the United States to make a small mini-loan directly to a person in need overseas. Just go to www.kiva.org, select a recipient, and make the loan. Virginia builder Tom Hutchinson did that. Host Peggy Wehmeyer hooked up Hutchison and the woman in Uganda who received his $50 loan for a meeting on the phone.”Listen here
Houston Chronicle, April 14, 2007 - Anyone can lend a hand via Web
“More than 3,000 institutions around the world offer small, collateral-free "microcredit" loans to more than 113 million poor people. But Kiva, which boasts more than 54,000 lenders, is different in that it allows individuals in wealthy countries to lend directly — in amounts as little as $25 — to individuals in poorer ones.”
ABC 7 News, April 13, 2007 - Local Website Helps Third World Countries Do Business
“A Bay Area nonprofit is changing lives in towns and villages half a world away. Kiva.org lets anyone with just a little bit of money be a banker to the poor.” Watch here
Forum, April 6, 2007 - Microfinance and Social Justice Philanthropy
“Kiva just shows how compelling this idea can be and why micro-finance has been such a success as a policy initiative. It taps into the belief of many people who want to find ways to make a positive change in poor countries, poor regions, and shows how you can do it effectively.”
TIME, April 05, 2007 - Lending a hand
“When Melecio Penafiel wanted to expand his tailoring shop in Guayaquil, Ecuador, last May, he didn't go to the bank or ask his relatives for help. His seed money arrived via the Internet. Using the website Kiva.org a Bay Area software engineer named Nathan Folkert lent Penafiel the $500 he needed to buy two new sewing machines, fabrics and thread for higher-quality suits. Folkert has never met Penafiel but says making the loan "felt like I was giving him a shot at the American Dream.”
San Jose Mercury News, March 16, 2007 - Kiva spreads Valley wealth globally
“If you haven't yet heard of Kiva.org, a San Francisco non-profit that at just 18 months old is already the leading online microcredit site, you're about to...It's a remarkably simple system that highlights the power of online communities. Yet just as remarkable is how adeptly Kiva has harnessed the collective power of the Silicon Valley tech community.”
Slate, March 15, 2007 - A Good Run for Your Money
Jude Stewart rates Kiva.org highest of six microlending websites.
“Finally: microlending as I'd imagined it...Kiva combines online community with microlending in a way that's truly exciting. It's remarkably compelling to see your borrower face to face - you can even contact them via their local lender rep.”
Foreign Policy, March/April 2007 - Reach Out and Lend
”Don't let the fact that Kiva.org looks like Match.com fool you. It's a serious enterprise that enables person-to-person microlending from folks living in rich countries to entrepreneurs in the developing world.”
Newsweek, February 19, 2007 - Microlending Do It Online
“Kiva.org is perhaps the leader in the field of microcredit online.”
Computerworld, January 29, 2007 - Click and change the world: Microfinance for the masses
“Kiva, a San Francisco-based start-up, is using technology to connect small-stakes lenders around the world with impoverished entrepreneurs in developing countries - a feat that's helping to change the nature of microfinancing and global giving itself.”
Current TV, January 7, 2007 - EBay for Do-Gooders
“Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions (MFIs), Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help fund small businesses run by low-income entrepreneurs around the world.”
All Things Considered, December 23, 2006 - Young Donors Turn to Micro Loans
"If you've got even $25 to lend, you can point and click and become part of a global village promoting sustainable development." Listen Now.
BusinessWeek Small Biz, Winter 2006 - A Tale of Two Lenders
“Kiva works only with entrepreneurs, which it finds with the help of microfinance institutions in developing countries. Those partners bring their clients to Kiva instead of to a local bank.”
The Seattle Times, December 18, 2006 - A web of giving
"Philanthropy used to be balls and receptions catering to high net-worth individuals... I think there's something democratizing if you can bring technology into it and let the average person be like a Bill Gates or a Rockefeller."
Frontline/World, October 31, 2006 - Uganda: A Little Goes A Long Way
Show synopsis: "A San Francisco company has taken the idea of microfinance and upgraded it for the Web. Radio reporter Clark Boyd... travels to Uganda for FRONTLINE/World, where the first recipients of money collected through Kiva's Web site are building and expanding businesses." Watch the video here.
The Wall Street Journal, October 21, 2006 - Small Loans, Good Intentions: Web Sites to Help You Act Like the Nobel Peace Prize Winner
"You, too, can have a big impact with a small amount of money."
ReadyMade, October/November, 2006 - A Little Largesse Goes A Long Way
"Becoming a junior phiolanthropist is simple: select from a list of profiled small busiensses in countries such as Ecuador and Uganda, choose any loan amount (as low as $25), and send it via PayPal...If only the Rockefellers had it this easy."
Good Magazine, Sept/Oct 2006 - D.I.Y. Venture Capitalists
"Would-be investors log on to Kiva, scan through profiles of low-income entrepreneurs-say, a man who wants to open a ashoe shop in Honduras or a goat farmer in Uganda - and shell out as litte as $25, via PayPal, to the recipient of their choice...the money provided through Kiva is a vital influx of capital for fledgling businesses around the world."
BusinessWeek Online, August 16, 2006 - Making Microfinance Easier
"New Kiva board member Reid Hoffman, CEO and co-founder of LinkedIn, says Kiva's got the right mix of elements to help it grow. Hoffman says he sees the same potential in Kiva that he saw in LinkedIn. "This has all the characteristics that could get into the hundreds of thousands or millions of users," he says."
The Nilson Report, August, 2006 - Peer-to-Peer Lending
"Kiva.org is the only not-for-profit peer-to-peer lender. It connects lenders in 30 developed markets with low-income entrepreneurs in 11 developing countries who need loans for their small businesses."
BusinessWeek, July 31, 2006 - A Little Money Goes A Long Way: Using the power of social networking to help small businesses around the world
"Friends and neighbors have been lending one another money forever, but as the Web makes virtual neighbors of strangers, Kiva, which is Swahili for 'agreement' or 'unity,' is harnessing the power of social networking to support microenterprise in the developing world."
ABC News, July 27, 2006 - Giving from the U.S. to Uganda
"A woman in East Africa is looking for a loan to try and buy some livestock - keep in mind that these steer are her family's livelihood and they could mean the difference between survival and severe poverty - but thanks to the internet and (Kiva) people from as far away as Europe, Asia and even the United States can all give toward her success in Kenya."
The Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2006 - Want to Bid on a Loan?
"Kiva.org... allows consumers to lend money to entrepreneurs and small businesses in developing countries."
NPR, July 17, 2006 - Is Microfinance Changing the World?
Click here to listen to KUOW's Weekday program as broadcast on NPR featuring Matt Flannery (CEO, Kiva.org), Alex Counts (President and CEO of Grameen Foundation USA) and Raj Shah (Director for Financial Services and Agriculture with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
Click here to listen to BusinessWeek Online's podcast featuring Kiva as Innovation of the Week.
Entrepreneur, May 2006 - Lend a Hand
"An inexpensive feel-good investment opportunity...All loaned funds go directly to the applicants, and most loans are repaid in full."
BBC News, March 1, 2006 - Online loans help world's poor
"...revolutionising how donors and lenders in the US are connecting with small entrepreneurs in developing countries."
Click here to listen to this story as broadcast on PRI's "The World", February 15, 2006.
CNN Money, January 17, 2006 - Be a global financier... on a shoestring
"If you've got 25 bucks, a PC and a PayPal account, you've now got the wherewithal to be an international financier."
The Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2006 - A New Way to Do Well By Doing Good
"Smaller investors can also make loans of as little as $25 to specific individual entrepreneurs through a service launched last fall by Kiva."
The Village Voice, November 23, 2005 - Bigger Brother
"Kiva simply democratizes access to a worldwide microfinance movement that has been empowering the working poor for two decades."
John Larson travels to Africa to visit the Kiva Entrepreneurs he has loaned to.
President Clinton has a conversation with Keith Olbermann about Kiva.org.
Watch the video (Part 3: Clinton's Global Initiative)
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Today Show's John Larson makes a Kiva Loan!
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Kiva Co-founder Jessica Jackley speaks at TED 2010
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