Supporting Armenians Through Microlending

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Sebastia Hovsepian was born and raised in Armenia, but as an adult he established a career for himself in Sydney, Australia. Even though the smell of freshly baked Lavash and other sentiments of his homeland exist some 9,000 miles away, Sebastia has discovered a new approach to staying connected to his roots.

Kiva Begins Lending in India with Socially Driven Nonprofits and a Focus on the Underserved and Socially Excluded

San Francisco, CA—August 15, 2012—Today Kiva announced a new initiative that enables their global community of lenders to begin funding microloans to some of India’s most geographically isolated, underserved, and socially-excluded people.  To reach these communities, Kiva is partnering with three nonprofit organizations, People’s Forum and Mahashakti Foundation in Odisha and WSDS-Initiate in Manipur.

"Kiva Arab Youth" Spurs Lending of Over US$ 1 Million to Young Entrepreneurs in the Arab World

Doha --July 8, 2012-- In just 3 months, Kiva Arab Youth has mobilized over US$1 million in loans to more than 750 young entrepreneurs in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Yemen. Kiva Arab Youth is a new initiative of Silatech and Kiva, the world's largest microlending platform. The initiative enables anyone with US$25 and Internet access to make a loan to a budding young Arab entrepreneur.

Kiva City LA Offers a Way for Everyone to Lend Support to Small Businesses

Los Angeles, CA – June 26, 2012 –  Kiva City Los Angeles, an initiative that enables anyone with access to the internet a chance to support small business owners, local economies, and local jobs in Los Angeles launched today.

Silatech, Kiva Partner to Support Arab Youth

March 8, 2012 -- Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Arab world fuelled by young people’s demand for jobs and economic opportunity, Kiva and Silatech have partnered to offer an innovative approach for funding thousands of young Arab entrepreneurs. Kiva, the world’s largest online microlending platform, has partnered with Silatech, a Qatar-based social initiative, to launch Kiva Arab Youth. The campaign allows visitors to to make online loans of as little as $25 to young Arabs of their choice.

Kiva Announces $1 Million in Free Trials Funded by Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn

March 13, 2012 – San Francisco, CA – Kiva, the world’s first and largest microlending platform, and Reid Hoffman, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs, are joining forces to alleviate poverty and open the doors of entrepreneurship worldwide. Hoffman is funding a $1 million free trial program, allowing 40,000 new Kiva users to make a $25 loan to the borrower of their choice at no cost. Since this week’s free trial launch, the rate of new users signing up on Kiva is nine times faster than usual.

"International Women’s Day in the Participation Age" Kiva and Dermalogica’s joinFITE Program Crowdfund Women’s Economic Empowerment with a $100,000 Free Trial Program

February 23, 2012 -- On March 8, millions of people worldwide will celebrate the 101st International Women’s Day, marking the second century of such celebrations. While many gains have been made, many challenges remain. Almost three billion adults worldwide are unbanked or under-banked, most are women. Without access to resources to attend school or grow a business, their potential and dreams are far too often wasted. This affects us all.

International Women’s Day, Consider the Facts

At the beginning of this second century of International Women’s Day, there are nearly 3 billion adults who, through no fault of their own, are unbanked or under-banked. The majority are women. Without access to resources to attend school or start or grow a business, her potential and dreams are far too often wasted.

The consequences of these lost opportunities are profound:

International Women’s Day Entreprenuer Profiles

Imagine hundreds of thousands of women like Rita, whose stories and businesses have become a part of everyday conversation for thousands of people worldwide individually helping to fund their potential. Their stories and their individual Kiva lenders truly embody the spirit and promise of International Women’s Day in the Participation Age.

Rita Knows How to Make Change Happen

ASI Federal Credit Union Launches Coalition of Non-Profits and Businesses to Enable Locals to Lend to New Orleans Small Businesses

Coalition Supporting New "Kiva New Orleans" Initiative Is First Major Community-Driven Effort With Goal of Bringing More Than $500,000 in Microloans to New Orleans Small Businesses; Includes Good Work Network,  ASI Federal Credit Union, and Generation Louisiana

Michigan Corps Creates Non-Profit Coalition to Enable Locals to Lend to Detroit Small Businesses

DETROIT, MI - Jun 30, 2011 - Michigan Corps, a network of local and global Michiganders committed to positive change in their home state, has created a coalition of non-profits to launch "Kiva Detroit," a first-of-its-kind program that enables locals in the community to support rebuilding the Detroit economy by making microloans to local small businesses., Visa Inc. Launch "Kiva City" in Support of U.S. Small Businesses, the world's first personal microlending website, and Visa Inc., a global leader in payments, today announced Kiva City, a new program that will extend small business access to microloans in U.S. cities with the greatest need. The Kiva City program is the latest component of Visa's partnership with Kiva to help U.S. small businesses by expanding their awareness and understanding of microfinance opportunities. The Kiva City program, kicking off in Detroit, was launched as part of a commitment announced today by President Bill Clinton on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Chicago. Announces “Green Loans,” Extending Its Global Microlending Marketplace to Support Sustainable Businesses, Reduce Energy Poverty

San Francisco, CA - May 4, 2011 -, the world's largest personal micro-lending website, has announced the launch of a new loan category: Kiva Green Loans. Green Loans enable the Kiva community to more easily locate and lend as little as $25 to green businesses and individuals around the world, as they make the transition to cleaner and more efficient sources of energy. Kiva Green Loans include both business and personal loans that contribute towards reducing energy expenditures, minimizing waste and pollution, recycling, or re-purposing used materials – all of which work toward the greater goal of alleviating energy poverty and helping the environment. Reaches $200 Million in Loans, Doubling Overall Loan Volume in 12 Months

San Francisco, CA – April 5, 2011 –, the world's first personal micro-lending website, today announced that it has facilitated over $200 million in loans globally. This milestone comes just a little over a year after Kiva reached $100 million in loans, signifying that in the past year alone, the Kiva community has loaned an equal amount to the world’s poor in one year as they had in the previous four years of Kiva’s history combined. Receives Top Rating from Charity Navigator for Sound Fiscal Management, Exceeding Industry Standards

Meedan to Provide Free Arabic Translation for Microloan Borrowers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2011) - Meedan, a leading Arabic-English translation technology company announced today it is providing free Arabic translation for microloans on
The move will help expand the reach of Kiva and its lenders directly into the heart of the Arabic-speaking world, extending a global community of micro-lenders to include thousands of Arabic-speaking aspiring entrepreneurs. Under the program funded by Cisco, Meedan will provide expert translation and strategic guidance to Kiva. Joins Dermalogica to Launch Microlending Platform to Fund Women Entrepreneurs; Geena Davis, Eileen Fisher, Nicholas Kristof Among Strategic Partners

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 6, 2011) -, the world's largest personal microlendingwebsite, announced today with professional skin care brand Dermalogica, actress and advocate Geena Davis, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and women's clothier Eileen Fisher and others, the launch of a novel campaign to provide micro loans to women entrepreneurs in low-income regions of the United States and 56 other countries. and Visa Partner to Expand Microloan Opportunities for U.S. Small Business

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 20, 2010 –, the world's first personal micro-lending website, and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), a global payments technology company, today announced a partnership to help U.S. small businesses access and benefit from microloans. Supported by a $1 million contribution from Visa, the partnership expands the reach of Kiva’s pioneering microlending model within the United States to further empower small businesses and support job creation. The announcement coincides with a major Kiva expansion in the Gulf Coast through the addition of ACCION Texas-Louisiana, the largest microfinance institution in the country, to the Kiva Field Partners network. Extends Its Global Microlending Marketplace to Education by Adding Student Microloans

September 20, 2010, SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. —, the world's first personal micro-lending website, has announced a pilot of Student Microloans on Beginning today on, anyone can lend as little as $25 to students in three countries around the world. Founded as a means to combine the impact of microfinance with the utility of technology, Kiva is in a unique position to help lenders make a personal difference -- easily, quickly and effectively -- first with small business microloans and now with student microloans.

Omidyar Network Awards $5 Million Grant to Kiva to Spur Growth of Microfinance in Underserved Markets

August 12, 2010, REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Omidyar Network today announced it has committed $5 million over three years to microlending pioneer During the first two years of the grant, Omidyar Network will match up to $2 million of online donations from individual Kiva lenders. Amy Klement, Vice President, Investments at Omidyar Network, will join Kiva’s board of directors. Announces New Facebook® Social Plugins to Create a More Personalized Lending Experience

San Francisco, CA – April 21, 2010 –, the world’s first micro-lending website, today announced it has embedded two new Facebook Social Plugins to create a more personalized, social experience on The new features on will allow users to connect with friends and share their Kiva experience with others. Reaches $100 Million in Microloans Around the Globe

San Francisco, CA – November 2, 2009 – October marks two considerable milestones for – the world's first micro-lending website for the working poor. This month, celebrates its fourth anniversary, in addition to reaching over $100 million dollars in loans. Enhances Online Microfinance With Moody's Credit Risk Expertise

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 28, 2009 - -- the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website -- today announced a landmark partnership with Moody's Corporation to bring their credit ratings and risk management expertise to online microfinance.

Kiva Launches Online Microfinance in the United States

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - June 10, 2009 - -- the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website -- has launched a pilot expansion in the United States, allowing individuals anywhere to make small loans to U.S. entrepreneurs through the website.

Give a Gift Certificate and Support Working Mothers Around the World: A Mother's Day Gift That Stimulates the Global Economy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - April 20, 2009 - This Mother's Day, mothers are supporting other mothers by investing in their businesses with Kiva Gift Certificates. The perfect gift that keeps on giving, Kiva Gift Certificates stimulate the global economy by providing loans to working mothers across the globe who are entrepreneurs lifting themselves out of poverty.

Lending Through Repaid at 98 Percent; Despite Economic Downturn, Kiva Lenders Continue to Invest for Social Return

$25 Kiva Gift Certificates are Affordable, Impactful and Reusable

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - July 16, 2008 - Gift givers can still afford a "gift that keeps on giving" this holiday season, without blowing the budget when times are tight.

While rising gas prices and a credit crisis will force many people to spend carefully this holiday season, Kiva Gift Certificates prove that you can still achieve the "double bottom line" in your gift inventory this year - giving a unique and fun gift that helps those in need, and providing the recipient with the opportunity to "recycle" his/her loan. exceeds $25 million in loans from internet community - $25 at a time

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - April 2, 2008 - Just as YouTube has changed the way we watch video and Wikipedia has changed the way we find information, - the world's first online person-to-person microlending platform - is changing the way we give back. Since launching less than 2 1/2 years ago, has created a micro-lending movement, whose members are sending $1 million to the developing world every 12 days. One of the Fastest-Growing Non-Profits in History Marks Second Year of Exponential Growth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 17, 2007 - From increasing its total loan portfolio to more than $13 million to reach 20,000 entrepreneurs in developing countries, to an invitation to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, to an endorsement by President Clinton in his new book, "Giving," marked its two-year anniversary today in a very big way. Its second year of unprecedented growth has affected an exponentially growing number of lenders and entrepreneurs and received support from more than 130,000 individuals around the globe, including President Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.

This Holiday Season Give a Gift that Pays it Forward ... and Back Again

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - September 5, 2007 -Want to give a gift that will truly change someone's life this holiday season?, the world's first microlending website, lets individuals purchase gift certificates for friends and family, allowing them to make a loan directly to an entrepreneur in the developing world. Celebrates First Year of Online Microfinance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 17, 2006, the first person-to-person micro-lending Web site that enables an individual to finance a micro-entrepreneur in the developing world, marked its first year anniversary. Since its launch, has become known as "the merger between Microfinance and Web 2.0" due to its ability to create a transparent, connective and affordable option for anyone on the Internet to lend directly to the working poor. Inspired by Mohammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, Kiva's aspiration was to take microfinance online; in just one year, the organization has been widely recognized as the leader in online microfinance, has attracted a significant base of lenders, borrowers and partners, has built a staff and board of directors, and has received accolades from the press and industry leaders. Merges Philanthropy and Venture Capital with First-ever Microlending Web Site

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 12, 2005 - Kiva, the first non-profit organization to enable individuals to make personal loans to microenterprises in developing countries, launched its Web site today.   For the first time, opens the Internet to people looking for a personal, high-engagement means of taking steps to eradicate poverty in developing countries by lending money directly to small businesses. 

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