Jan 23, 2007

Kiva.org is pleased to announce our newest partner, SEED (Supporting Enterprises for Economic Development) in Kenya.SEED Development Group is a unique microfinance organization that employs practical microfinance and microenterprise approaches to comprehensively address the needs of rural people. SEED is in the process of scaling up its operations from a community-based organization to a comprehensive one-stop microfinance services organization.SEED projects combine microfinance with aspects of microenterprises to enable clients to achieve 70% growth within the first 12 months of membership.... Continue Reading >>

Jan 19, 2007

Jeremy Frazao, Kiva.org Director of Technology, will be speaking at the Engineers Without Borders Canada 2007 National Conference.Jeremy has been invited to speak on the panel "NGO and Corporate Partnerships for Development" alongside Jaques Gérin, EWB Board of Directors and Mathew Lynch, Engineers Against Poverty. This panel will be held next Friday, January 26 at 10:15am.The conference is being held January 24-27 at the Westin Hotel in Calgary. For more information visit the 2007 National Conference webpage.... Continue Reading >>

Jan 13, 2007

Current TV is now airing a short pod about Kiva.org starring Angel Asenov, one of the first entrepreneurs to receive a loan through Kiva.org. The pod features footage of Angel in his bicycle repair shop in Sliven, Bulgaria as he shows us the business he started from scratch with a Kiva Loan. Greg Kelly, representative of... Continue Reading >>

Jan 8, 2007

Kiva.org is excited to announce partnership with Rafode (Rural Agency for Development) in Kenya.Rafode's mission is to provide opportunities to people in chronic poverty to transform their lives through income generating.RAFODE was formed as an organization to provide alternative financial services to poor communities in Kenya. RAFODE aims to reach both people in business and those not yet in business by helping them to start income generating projects.Our main challenge is reaching out to the poorest who do not have business and who are also illiterate. Rafode also aims to serve the rural... Continue Reading >>

Jan 4, 2007

Kiva.org would like to welcome all of the new French visitors to the Kiva Community!For those of you in the rest of the world - Kiva.org was featured in an article in the French newspaper "Liberation" today.We're sorry that we don't have our website available in French yet - but we hope that you'll join our community of global lenders, including Saint Laurent les Eglises in France!Don't forget - we do have a French-speaking partner, CRESP in Senegal, and you can post comments on business pages in any language you please.Bienvenue! Continue Reading >>

Jan 3, 2007

Kiva.org is proud to announce partnership with Normicro, in Azerbaijan.Normicro's mission is to offer sustainable, demand-driven lending services aimed at enhancing the quality of life of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) and low-income people through promoting viable enterprises.Normicro was established in 1998 in Baku city, the capital of Azerbaijan. Originally, Normicro was the Income Generating Project of the Norwegian Refugee Council (through the Norwegian Refugee Council IDP Revolving Fund). The main purpose of the project was to support IDPs from Nagorno-Karabakh in establishing/... Continue Reading >>

Jan 1, 2007

We would like to wish a very happy new year to all Kiva.org lenders, borrowers, supporters, partners and volunteers!Together we have created something quite extraordinary, uplifting, dignifying and empowering. We've made the world a little bit smaller and extended "helping hands" that reach as far as Manhattan to Mozambique. We've introduced ourselves to each other with pictures and profiles, and created a network of over 20,000 people around the globe.In San Francisco, the Kiva.org team is looking forward to see where you will take us in 2007. We will continue to build an easy-to-use... Continue Reading >>

Dec 30, 2006

Today the Two Millionth Dollar was loaned to an entrepreneur in the developing world by a Kiva Lender.On behalf of the entrepreneurs you have loaned to, we would like to thank you for the incredible support that has been shown Kiva.org, our Field Partners and entrepreneurs. As a result the Kiva.org Team has been working hard to expand our global partnerships to allow Kiva Lenders more options in loaning to the businesses of their choice.It is a beautiful thing to see Kiva Loans raised in a matter of hours, knowing that our Field Partners are also watching the website and informing the... Continue Reading >>

Dec 28, 2006

Kris Reyes, a reporter/anchor for CityNews in Toronto, reported on Kiva.org for tonight's CityNews report.Click here to watch the news report online. Kris also keeps a very interesting blog to add more insight to some of her stories.Thanks to Kiva Lender Rob Hawke for sharing his Kiva story on TV!
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Dec 22, 2006

Kiva.org is proud to announce our first Partner in Azerbaijan, Komak Credit Union.Komak is a credit union established in 1999 among 20 union members. In the same year Komak opened 2 field offices, of which one is in Baku (Azerbaijan's capital) and the other in Fizuli (a rural region).
Since 1999, Komak has opened new branches in Absheron, Salyan and Khachmaz, established relations with the World Bank and the Danish Refugee Council, and disbursed hundreds of thousands of loans. Today, all branch offices are engaged full-time in providing microfinance services to internally... Continue Reading >>