Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

A Dog Day Adventure: Saving Kiva Searches

Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves! Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie.      1,838 loan ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Thousands of HP Employees Invited to Loan on Kiva Through ‘Matter to a Million’

  Kiva’s lending community has helped improve the lives of more than one million borrowers around the world in the past 8 years. Our lenders are the driving force behind Kiva’s success, so it’s with great enthusiasm that we welcome new faces into that family through an exciting partnership with the HP Company Foundation.    Beginning February 25, each of HP’s thousands of ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Higher Education Takes Center Stage with New Innovative Partnership

  We’re excited to announce that Kiva and Vittana, a pioneer of higher-education loans in the developing world, are launching an unprecedented partnership that will amplify the reach and impact of crowdfunded loans to students.  Vittana’s student loans will be redirected to the Kiva website for crowdfunding starting April 2, 2014. Kiva’s platform will allow Vittana’s microfi ...

Kiva Blog Update

Kiva Blog Update,

Watch and Share for International Women's Day: Women Make it Happen:

When we invest in women, communities are healthier and safer. Fewer people are malnourished, education is prioritized and incomes increase across the board. Women make it happen, every day. Let’s make it happen for women this International Women’s Day. Watch and SHARE to show your support:

Kiva Fellows Update

Kiva Fellows Update,

Los Angeles Father & Son Thank Kiva Zip Lenders

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Julio and William, second-time Kiva Zip borrowers from Los Angeles.  Within a few minutes, I could see how warm, dedicated and hardworking they are.  They are committed to their families, their business and their Kiva Zip lenders.  I'm excited (and honored) to share their story with you.     Julio & William   Julio first moved ...

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  1. Kiva Blog Update

    Filipino Business Women Share Stories of Typhoon Recovery

    Meg Gray and Jennifer Bi also contributed to this report. In March, we introduced you to Jorgelyn Palima and Gerilina Ybanez, two Filipino women who used loans to rebuild after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon swept away Jorgelyn’s sari-sari business and home, leaving her living in a shelter made of salvaged materials. With the help of Kiva’s Field Partner in Ormoc, NWTF,…

    Posted by Jomay Liu

  2. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva Moves Quickly to Patch Security Vulnerability

    Updated April 9, 2014  On April 7, an internet-wide security vulnerability was reported for OpenSSL, the software used to encrypt web communications on the majority of e-commerce sites.  You can find out more about this bug, called Heartbleed, at the Wall Street Journal, CNET and the Guardian. The Kiva team responded promptly to this alert, patching the security vulnerability on Kiva's…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  3. Kiva Blog Update

    Volunteer Spotlight: A Self-Proclaimed Nerd with a Love for Spain

    Each day when you visit Kiva’s site there are thousands of loans ready and waiting to be funded, but how do they get there? Money doesn’t grow on trees and neither do translated loans.    Kiva relies on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans that come in from our partners in one of the five key Kiva languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or…

    Posted by Jane Loria

  4. Kiva Blog Update

    Kiva in Mauritania! New Field Partner Sets High Bar for Social Impact

    Investisseurs & Partenaires, Kiva’s new France-based partner fundraising loans in Mauritania, is on a mission to promote a new generation of socially-conscious entrepreneurs in Africa. Along the way, I&P is carving out a unique niche for itself in the world of small and medium enterprise loans. The investment group will only work with African businesses that have a record of outstanding social…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  5. Kiva Blog Update

    Cooper Boot Camp Leaves Design Team Energized

    A few weeks ago Kiva participated in a UX Boot Camp with Cooper, a design strategy firm based in San Francisco. This was an opportunity to gather a group of talented technology professionals together and have them put a fresh set of eyes on one of the challenges Kiva has observed over the past year.   The Boot Camp centered around the experience of choosing loans to support on Kiva.…

    Posted by Abe Wallin

  6. Kiva Blog Update

    A Dog Day Adventure: Saving Kiva Searches

    Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves! Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie.      1,838 loans to…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  7. Kiva Blog Update

    New Jersey Club Gets Crafty for Microfinance

    The Kiva community is filled with changemakers with inspiring stories to tell. We were able to catch up with one such enthusiastic and accomplished young student, who has put her passion for microfinance into practice through the club she leads at her school in Teterboro, New Jersey.    Sam, currently a senior at Bergen Tech High School, was an attendee at the Kiva U Summit this past…

    Posted by Amrita Khoshoo

  8. Kiva Blog Update

    6 Spring Break Reads Worth Your Time

    Whether you are relaxing on idyllic beaches, visiting friends or traveling for service projects. spring break can take on many forms. But one thing no spring break should be without is a good read. Check out these great book recommendations to take with you to the beach, or to the couch. What better way to spend the break than learning something new?   The International Bank of Bob:…

    Posted by Adam Guarneri

  9. Kiva Blog Update

    Partners & Borrowers Rebuilding from the Wreckage of Philippine Typhoon

    It’s been four months since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, tore through the Philippines and displaced 4 million people.   On a recent trip to Tacloban City and the surrounding coastal areas that were devastated by the storm, Kiva staff members saw the level of destruction first hand, and heard heartbreaking stories of loss of life and property. They also…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  10. Kiva Blog Update

    The International Bank of Bob: What its First Year Taught the Author

    This is a guest post from Bob Harris, author, adventurer, Kiva super lender, and captain of the incredible Friends of Bob Harris lending team. His book, The International Bank of Bob, was published in March of 2013, and is now available in paperback and Kindle versions.    A year ago this month, my book about my travels to meet Kiva clients all over the world was released.   For…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  11. Kiva Blog Update

    New Field Partners: Empowering Women from New Mexico to Zimbabwe

    Kiva is proud to support women’s empowerment and education around the world and has partnered with many innovative organizations that work to support the cause. In honor of International Women’s Day, Kiva is excited to spotlight two new partnerships with Etkie and Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) Zimbabwe! Etkie is a social enterprise that is committed to the financial and social…

    Posted by Shilpa Muralidaran

  12. Kiva Blog Update

    Watch and Share for International Women's Day: Women Make it Happen:

    When we invest in women, communities are healthier and safer. Fewer people are malnourished, education is prioritized and incomes increase across the board. Women make it happen, every day. Let’s make it happen for women this International Women’s Day. Watch and SHARE to show your support:

    Posted by Talea Miller

  13. Kiva Blog Update

    Updated Terms of Use

    We’re always busy making tweaks to the site to improve the user experience. This process has led to information about our updates and terms of use being scattered in different places across the site. To make it easier to find information about Kiva's programs and features, we’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect Kiva’s growth and our dedication to making our site serve our lenders’ and…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  14. Kiva Blog Update

    Empowering Women to Make It Happen

    It’s a hectic morning. It’s pouring rain. Dishes are piled in the sink. You’re running late so you check the traffic report online, turn to throw the dishes in the dishwasher then hop in the car and flick on your windshield wipers. But what if you couldn’t? All these modern necessities (dishwasher, windshield wipers, the computer), conveniences that have wormed their way permanently into our…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  15. Kiva Blog Update

    Premal Shah: Kiva Community is a ‘Hopeful Corner’ of the Internet

    As we continue to spotlight the diverse and vibrant groups that make up the Kiva community, we sat down with Kiva President Premal Shah to get his thoughts on the ever-expanding Kiva-verse.   Q: How do you view the community of lenders and borrowers on Kiva?   Premal: The Kiva community is a hopeful corner of the internet. In some ways what we witness every day on the website is…

    Posted by Talea Miller

  16. Kiva Blog Update

    Thousands of HP Employees Invited to Loan on Kiva Through ‘Matter to a Million’

      Kiva’s lending community has helped improve the lives of more than one million borrowers around the world in the past 8 years. Our lenders are the driving force behind Kiva’s success, so it’s with great enthusiasm that we welcome new faces into that family through an exciting partnership with the HP Company Foundation.    Beginning February 25, each of HP’s thousands of employees…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  17. Kiva Blog Update

    Higher Education Takes Center Stage with New Innovative Partnership

      We’re excited to announce that Kiva and Vittana, a pioneer of higher-education loans in the developing world, are launching an unprecedented partnership that will amplify the reach and impact of crowdfunded loans to students.  Vittana’s student loans will be redirected to the Kiva website for crowdfunding starting April 2, 2014. Kiva’s platform will allow Vittana’s microfinance…

    Posted by Aurora Lee

  18. Kiva Blog Update

    In Loving Memory of Paul Lambert

    With heavy hearts, the Kiva community is both mourning and celebrating a special soul who brought light and laughter to all our lives. Paul Lambert, a native of Northern Ireland and a beloved Kiva employee, was struck and killed in a suspected hit-and-run in San Francisco on February 12. Paul touched the lives of Kiva staff, volunteers and borrowers alike. As a Volunteer Coordinator for…

    Posted by Giovanna Masci

  19. Kiva Blog Update

    Guys Holding Fish, Cheeseheads for Change, and 5 More Lending Teams You Should Know About!

    Forget the Olympics, the real team excitement is going down on Kiva and you don’t have to wait four years to be a part of it.    Kiva Lending Teams are a great way for people to share their passion for lending and supporting borrowers around the world. They're also a great way to connect with other lenders via a similar interest, hobby, or even sense of humor.   Here…

    Posted by Adam Guarneri

  20. Kiva Blog Update

    Share a KIVAlentine!

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Kiva! To show our un-defaulting love for you, Kiva created five fun and fabulous KIVAlentines for all our crush-worthy lenders. Share the Kiva Love today with your sweetheart, your friends or your fellow lenders! And remember, with Kiva you are never a loan on Valentine’s Day.

    Posted by Talea Miller