Kiva.org is awarded $345,000 grant from Kellogg Foundation

Congratulations!

Kiva.org has received a $345,000 grant, to be distributed over 2 years, to fund Kiva.org's due diligence program.

A message from our Field Partner in Iraq

We received an email today from the Chairman of our Field Partner in Iraq, Al Aman Center, which included a message to share with all Kiva Lenders:
Once again on behalf of Al man and Krikuk people, I would like to express our profound appreciation to those individuals who are lending to make a difference in the life of poor people here in Iraq. These people went through wars and hardship, now they are free and all they want is push and a chance. Together I think we can help to give them this push for them to have normal life and hope.
A push and a chance.

Support WEdia and Kiva.org in New York this Friday!

Are you going to be in New York this Friday, May 18th? Then support WEdia - and Kiva.org - at a guaranteed amazing time at Southpaw.

WEdia is a non-profit media company committed to giving a voice to the world's poor and marginalized populations. They match professional media volunteers with relief organizations and other NGOs to document ignored, forgotten and under-reported stories.

Thanks for the "Fund Rager"!

Kiva.org recently celebrated its second celebrity fundraiser last weekend at a sweet little soiree hosted at Entourage star Adrian Grenier's house. Kevin Connolly (Entourage) and Willie Garson (Sex and the City) were also present, along with some of the Kiva.org team and a crowd of fun people.

The event was inspired by Grenier's book club that recently finished reading "The End of Poverty." Motivated to make a difference, they decided to throw a "Fund Rager" and raise money for Kiva.org.

San Francisco Kiva Lenders - save the date to meet Agents of Change and your local Kiva.org staff!

If you haven't been following Agents of Change - you should be!

Agents of Change are a Canadian non-profit group currently riding their way from Vancouver to Tijuana to raise money for Mexican entrepreneurs through Kiva.org.

First Iraqi entrepreneurs funded on Kiva.org!

Congratulations to the first Kiva Lenders to loan to Iraq!

The first nine loans to Iraqi entrepreneurs have been posted to Kiva.org, and were all funded within hours! The Kiva Field Partner in Iraq has told us how excited they were to see the loans funded so quickly, and how encouraging it is for them to see the public showing such support for these small business owners.

Kiva.org San Francisco Fundraiser Tonight!

Please join us at one SF's hottest cocktail destinations to drink, chat, and be merry, while supporting Kiva.org!


Where: The Vessel
85 Campton Place, San Francisco
When: Tonight! Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pm

A $10 suggested donation will be going toward Kiva.org's operational costs.

Come along, bring your friends and meet other Kiva.org fans and enthusiasts.

See you there!

$6 million - and a new website to celebrate!

Kiva.org has just passed the $6 million mark (loaned) - and to celebrate we've released our new website design today. The differences are subtle, but we've added some navigational features and generally made the site look a little more snappy. Thanks to our designers for their focus on lines and white space!

Enjoy!

In Remembrance of Jedidah Waigwa

We are incredibly saddened to receive news of the passing of Jedidah Waigwa (pictured above with Matt Flannery, September 2006) on Saturday, April 28th.

Second Life Meetup Today

Join us in Second Life today at noon for a Kiva.org meet-up.

To get to the Kiva Virtual Office use this SLURL once you're in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Merricks%20Landing%202/106/165/24

Thanks to Second Life's Linkz Marketing for building and supporting the Kiva Virtual Office.

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