If you're an avid Twitter user, you may have already noticed Kiva loans popping up in your timeline. So now even Twitter's using the Kiva API? Sorta… we actually created a new web service just for our friends across SoMA, but it's based on an open standard that anyone can use. It's called oEmbed and it looks like this: http://www.kiva.org/services/oembed?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kiva.org%2Flend%2F99871&format=jsonPass in any Kiva URL and we'll return an embeddable object (HTML, image, etc.) if it's available. You can detect if a page is embeddable by checking for a LINK tag in the HEAD...Continue Reading >>
Yes, it's been way too long since we've posted to the blog - and along the way a lot of cool new apps have popped up, including a re-launch of Kivabank.org and the reincarnation of one of our first projects from the Kiva Developer Garage as a French front door to Kiva, Kiva en Français. However, it took this great video (posted first to the Kiva blog) to get me off my haunches for a new post. Check out this awesome preview to the new Partner API starring Zvi, Chris, and our Mexico partner CrediComun:You'll be seeing more updates soon (both here...Continue Reading >>
We were excited to see a new app roll out this week-- created by developer Amol Mittal from San Francisco. When Amol noticed that the current Kiva badges were geared towards specific publishing platforms (namely wordpress and facebook), he decided to create something that could work for multiple platforms.
Humsara makes it easy to embed your personal loan portfolio in a slide-show format directly into your website. Let's learn more about the developer behind...Continue Reading >>
This week's Behind the Apps is a guest post from Vaibhav Domkundwar, Founder of Better Labs. His team created the popular Kiva Alerts app, which is being featured on the Kiva.org homepage. Hi there! My name is Vaibhav Domkundwar and I am an entrepreneur and founder of , a small product incubation firm where we like to experiment with development very early stage concepts and products. We work with founders in the concept stages of their startups (most times the company is not even incorporated) as co-founders to prototype concepts, test, iterate and build customer-...Continue Reading >>
The much-anticipated Kiva iPhone App is almost ready to be launched. According to the developers, they are 80% of the way there. And the home-stretch depends on the amount of help they can get for final modifications. If you're interested in helping, or just want to stay updated, follow the updates on Twitter @kiva4iphone. I met Jon & Laura, the app developers, at the Kiva Dev Happy Hour and then again at the Kiva Dev Garage. Their mission is to help Kiva spread the word, and to ultimately increase the amount of loans that change lives....Continue Reading >>
If you like data, you'll like Kivalytics. This Kiva App is a nifty set of graphs looking at loans.
For example, you can view a bar graph of loans by country, and see that Peru has by far the most loan dollars, followed by Cambodia. Hovering over any of the bars gives you the exact number of loans. Some other things I learned from Kivalytics:
- Food and retail are the two most popular sectors, education and entertainment are the smallest
- Behind the US dollar, the most common disbursal...
Ok, almost. We launched data snapshots this week. For the first time you can grab a snapshot of the Kiva data through a single download here at build.kiva.org. Many of you working on data have been asking for this to simplify your study. For now we only capture individual information for a loan or a lender, but this will expand going forward as we have feedback from those of you using the snapshots. For those already doing data analysis on Kiva, we encourage you to switch to snapshots where possible to reduce load on our API servers. For those of you pulling extensive amounts of Kiva...Continue Reading >>
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...Continue Reading >>
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,...Continue Reading >>