Oct 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Talea Miller
Update: Thank you for helping Kiva win $500k!



**UPDATE**
Oct. 22 -- We did it! Thank you to all the Kiva supporters who voted in the Google Impact Challenge. Because of you, Kiva was awarded the grand prize of $500,000! We are so excited to continue growing our impact locally and globally with the Kiva community.  

Oct. 5 -- Exciting news! Kiva Oakland is a finalist in the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge and could win $500,000 to grow more neighborhood businesses. Please vote to support Oakland's small business owners. Voting takes just 2 clicks and requires no registration or email!

The top 4 projects will receive a $500,000 grant, and the remaining 6 will receive a $250,000 grant. 

With the Google Impact grant, Kiva Oakland will crowdfund 0% interest loans for small business owners who are socially impactful but financially excluded. Over 3 years, we’ll generate $4 million in funding for 800 community entrepreneurs to build their businesses and strengthen Oakland's neighborhoods and economy.

Nearly 90% of businesses in Oakland are small businesses and they help create a unique and vibrant community. They have the passion and the plan, but often lack just a small amount of capital to start or expand. Your vote can help make that happen.

Thank you for your support as we work to create more opportunity locally and globally!

Comments

Hope you win and pay it forward

Kiva does great things.

Sometimes those who have less, are the ones who give more . thanks KIVA

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KIVA!

I am proud to sponsor so many loans on Kiva and enjoy helping people live their dreams every day.

Goodday Sir, I OMOSANYA needs you to make my dream come true.Thank you

Kiva saves lives by offering real charity loans

It's cool a website let me to help people around the world just to push a buttom.

Hope you win, Kiva!

i voted, and im happy to see your in first place!

i will be very happy, if you won the first prize.

i need loan how i get

I need a loan to improve my business

I hope you win the grant. KIVA is the organization I wish I had started. What a great concept. Thanks for letting me be part of it.

I need this!

Great organization.

Great organization.

Kiva is marvelous.

great

Go KIva!

good day please. is kiva available for nigerians?. if yes how can i assess it .i am expecting your prompt response.thanks david oluwagbayi, L.I.F.E. Theological Seminary,p.o box 56;ikorodu,lagos,nigeria.

Because my son Matthew supported Kiva we have enjoyed making many loans in his memory.It has been a great way to carry on his kind soul.

Is Kiva represented in Nigeria?

I feel it's all Good

I would love to help even more! We are blessed and Helping Others just makes me smile...

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Talea is excited to combine her love for powerful storytelling and her digital strategy experience. She comes to Kiva from the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she managed digital strategy for the foundation's consumer-focused PSA campaigns. Prior to that she was a reporter and producer at the PBS NewsHour for five years. At the NewsHour she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the developing world as part of the program's global health unit, covering a wide range of stories including the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, doctor shortages in Tanzania and the mistreatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia. In addition to being a news junkie, Talea enjoys photography, hiking and attempting to paint. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism and is originally from Maryland. So she also knows a lot about horses.

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