Blog posts tagged with Kiva Field Partners

Feb 2, 2010
Kiva works with existing microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, to fund loans to low income entrepreneurs all over the world. This is the first in a series of "Partner Profiles" that we'll be sharing here from time to time.

Field Partner: Caja Rural Señor de Luren

Location: Peru

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
I'm excited to announce a new Kiva Field Partner - Credicomun - our third active partner in Mexico. Credicomun posted its first (of many!) loans this morning here.

Credicomun is based out of Mexico City and has 17 branches throughout the country. The organization is less than 5 years old but has grown rapidly in that time. They work mostly in rural areas through the village banking methodology (group loans), and their average loan size is quite small for Mexico, at about $400. The organization has a strong focus on social...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
We thought the Kiva lending community would like to see this update on Kiva's Field Partner in Haiti, Esperanza International written by Esperanza staff member Jordan Nelson.

Dear Kiva Lenders,

While it has been two weeks since a 7.1 earthquake struck Port au Prince, Haiti the destruction and loss of lives left as a result of the natural disaster is tremendous.

Kiva’s field partner in Haiti—Esperanza... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2010
Kiva Lenders,

Today we are excited to announce the beginning of our partnership with BRAC Sri Lanka and the first loans to Sri Lankan entrepreneurs on Kiva! This is a partnership that will work a little differently than the rest of Kiva’s partnerships, due to the nature of banking regulations in Sri Lanka.

BRAC Sri Lanka launched operations in early 2005 following the tsunami that devastated coastlines across South and Southeast Asia. Initial activities focused on the provision of emergency relief for communities affected by the tsunami, including medical assistance... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2010

We are thrilled to announce the Kiva debut of Cooperativa San José, our third active field partner in Ecuador. Cooperativa San José posted their first 15 loans this morning – unfortunately, their clients are so popular that I wasn’t able to finish this blog entry before every one was 100% funded! See the already-funded loans here, and check back soon for more loans.

San José is a savings and loan cooperative with a strong social focus that works primarily in rural areas of the Ecuadorian Andes. The 45-year-old cooperative operates primarily in hard-to-reach areas of Bolivar... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2010
As you may have seen in the news, a terrible earthquake struck Haiti yesterday afternoon. The earthquake, 7.0 in magnitude, struck about 10 miles outside Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The devastation has been enormous, with many buildings destroyed and thousands of people presumed dead. This is the worst earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years.

Kiva currently supports borrowers in Haiti through our field partner, Esperanza International. Esperanza is based in the Dominican Republic, but has an office and provides loans in Haiti. About 1/3 of the loans Esperanza posts to Kiva are... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2009
We are delighted to squeeze in one more new country to the Kiva portfolio before 2009 comes to a close - Chile! Kiva's Latin America team has been working hard over the past few months to offer Kiva lenders the chance to support borrowers in Chile's nascent microfinance sector. To do this, we have teamed up with Fondo Esperanza, the only organization offering group loans to poor and low-income borrowers on a national scale.

Fondo Esperanza's mission is “build development opportunities through the efficient provision of comprehensive microfinance services, in order to continually... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2009
Kiva’s Editing and Translation Marathon last Monday was a huge success! 91 volunteers and staff reviewed 756 loans throughout the day. This is a new record by far for most loans reviewed in a day (our previous record was ~900 loans reviewed in a weekend). During last year’s marathon 26 volunteers and staff reviewed 325 loans, so this shows how much our team has grown over the past year.

Kiva is now in great shape as we head into our busiest time of year. Thank you to everyone who participated in or helped with the Editing and...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2009
Please join us in welcoming the first handful of Colombian entrepreneurs to the Kiva platform! This weekend, Kiva's first Colombian partner, the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) posted their first loans to the website, adding one more country to Kiva's ever-expanding portfolio.

The entire Kiva team is delighted to have teamed up with this FMSD to expand access to credit in the marginalized rural and peri-urban areas along the Atlantic coast. FMSD is a NGO with over 40 years of experience in development, education, microcredit and housing programs. They will be working with... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2009
Hello Kiva World --

I wanted to share with you all some exciting new content that is now appearing on the Kiva site. Through the extraordinary work of the organization and KF9 Fellow Agnes Chu, SPBD is & will be including individual social metric data on many of the borrowers they are posting to Kiva. SPBD actually collects 30 different data points on their client’s social situation and through the work of Agnes some of this data will now be available... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2009
Yes you can! Trey Ratcliff, creator of photography blog www.StuckInCustoms.com, will be donating a percentage of all profits from his new book, “A World in HDR,” to Kiva. His book is about a new style of photography called High Dynamic Range (HDR) and hits stores in December. Learn more about “A World in HDR” here.



Thank you to Trey for this partnership with Kiva...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2009
Hi everyone!

I'm excited to let you all know of two new field partners Kiva has in Costa Rica. I apologize because one has been posting for a while and I never announced them formally to the Kiva community, but I'll let you know about both of them here!

The first, FUDECOSUR, funds mostly farmers (about 98% of their portfolio) in southern Costa Rica, one of the poorest areas of the country. They use a village banking methodology, but one that is different from other organizations. The village banks operate quite independently, with... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2009
Hello Kiva World --

I wanted to highlight a loan that was recently posted by AMK – our largest microfinance partner in Cambodia. This loan is the first made by AMK's Special Interest Group Unit (SIGU) – a department within AMK designed to serve more ‘vulnerable’ groups that are currently underserved by microfinance services. These groups include women who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence and other gender-based traumas, people living with HIV/AIDS, street people and children and people with disabilities. AMK is currently focusing... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2009
Kiva is back in Iraq!

Please join me in welcoming Al-Thiqa Organization to the Kiva community! Founded in 2004, Al-Thiqa contributes to rebuilding Iraq's economy by providing transparent financial services to micro and small enterprises and low-income households in Iraq. Since its inception, the institution has disbursed more than 25,000 loans valued at over $62 million, making it one of the leading microfinance institutions in the country. We are thrilled to have Al-Thiqa on our platform and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with this institution.

To learn... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
Please join the Latin American portfolio team in welcoming another partner to the Kiva platform, the Fundación D-MIRO. D-MIRO works in the marginalized areas in and around Guayaquil, providing credit in the ever-expanding slums of Ecuador's 2nd largest city.

To learn more about the great work they do, visit their field partner page, and also check out this blog written by Kiva Fellow Kimia Rafaat.

Happy Lending! Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
It has been a devastating week for the Philippines. After Typhoon Ondoy (Tropical Storm Ketsana) caused devastating floods earlier this week, the area is now being threatened by Typhoon Parma.

Kiva is sharing messages from our Field Partners in the affected areas as we receive them. Today we received a message from Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), who have many clients affected by the floods. At this stage we do not have details on the number of Kiva clients affected (all Kiva Field Partners work with clients funded by Kiva as well as clients funded by other sources.)
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
Thank you for all the concern expressed by lenders regarding the recent tsunami in Samoa (CNN report here.)

We have received the following communication from our Field Partner South Pacific Business Development (SPBD), based in Samoa. We are relieved to learn that no staff have suffered casualties, although many of their clients have been affected. At this point we are not sure the extent of damages suffered by SPBD clients, however SPBD is currently working to assess damages.

Coincidentally, Kiva had scheduled a Kiva Fellow to begin working with SPBD on September 30... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
Thank you to all lenders who have expressed concern regarding our Filipino Field Partners that have been affected by the recent flooding in Manila.

Here is the latest update we have received from our Field Partner Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (CCT):

"September 30, 2009

Dear Ministry Partners and Friends,

Let me give you an update of our relief operations for those affected by the typhoon Ondoy in the areas where we operate. As of September 30, a total of 4,803 CCT community partners and 26 CCT staff were affected by the... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2009
As many of you may be aware, the Philippines experienced severe flooding a few days ago as a result of Typhoon Ondoy. CNN has reported the story here.

Kiva has 8 active Field Partners in the Philippines, two of which have headquarters in Manila, which was severely affected by the flooding. These two Field Partners are Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (CCT) and Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI). Obviously we are greatly concerned for the wellbeing of the staff of our Field Partner, the entrepreneurs they have been serving and the millions of Filipinos in the area.... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2009

Last week, at long last, Kiva launched in Armenia with our first new partner in the country: Nor Horizon Universal Credit Organization. The first loan for Gohar Alikhanyan, a 49-year old widow who runs a fruit stand in the capital city, was funded within hours. More loans from Nor Horizon will be up on the site very soon, keep checking back on the site!

To tell you a little bit about Nor Horizon, the organization was originally founded by OXFAM Great Britain. The organization's mission is to provide high-quality business development services to enterprising individuals and... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
One month ago, the Kenya Agency for Development of Enterprise and Technology (KADET) became the first Kiva partner in Kenya to join in over a year. Rocked by the post-election violence of early 2008, KADET and many other microfinance institutions were severely impacted by clashes that disrupted everyday life for an entire nation. In spite of this, KADET continued to serve clients in 53 branches across a nation the size of Texas ensuring that the rural poor maintained access to financial services.

Kenya's microfinance sector has continued to feel the effects of the post election... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Dear Lenders --

With the signing of Kiva's 8th partner in the Philippines, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for making our expansion into the country possible. In the past 9 months since the first Filipino loan was posted to Kiva, you all have lent over $1 million USD to support Filipino microentrepreneurs. It is because of your support that Kiva has been able to expand so quickly in the country to support the working poor. On behalf of our Filipino partners... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Dear Lenders --

I am happy to announce that Kiva has signed on our 6th, 7th... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009


"Business success is often a mystery. Very often, luck is a big part of it. Often it's skill. Sometimes it's just plain sweat and perseverance. Micro-entrepreneurs are no different, and while we can sometimes guess at why one entrepreneur can be so successful as to expand their business and hire employees whereas others do not, often, it's simply a mystery.

When I first met Adora Fajiculay I'd I'd invited myself into her workspace after seeing the most fantastic gown on display there. I learned she made the dress from pandan... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009

“I want the Kiva lenders to know that I only borrow what I need, not what I can.”

These words really took me by surprise, when I visited Kiva Enterpreneur Borya Enhbat a few weeks ago. Of all the messages he could have asked me to pass on to Kiva Lenders, this was most important to him.

At first I wondered if this comment came from his feeling apologetic to Kiva Lenders for needing to borrow their money, and wanting to make sure that they knew it was an act of necessity, not luxury.

But as I got to know him better, I realized that this wasn’t about his... Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with Kiva Field Partners

Feb 2, 2010
Kiva works with existing microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, to fund loans to low income entrepreneurs all over the world. This is the first in a series of "Partner Profiles" that we'll be sharing here from time to time.

Field Partner: Caja Rural Señor de Luren

Location: Peru

... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
I'm excited to announce a new Kiva Field Partner - Credicomun - our third active partner in Mexico. Credicomun posted its first (of many!) loans this morning here.

Credicomun is based out of Mexico City and has 17 branches throughout the country. The organization is less than 5 years old but has grown rapidly in that time. They work mostly in rural areas through the village banking methodology (group loans), and their average loan size is quite small for Mexico, at about $400. The organization has a strong focus on social...
Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
By Gerard Niemira
We thought the Kiva lending community would like to see this update on Kiva's Field Partner in Haiti, Esperanza International written by Esperanza staff member Jordan Nelson.

Dear Kiva Lenders,

While it has been two weeks since a 7.1 earthquake struck Port au Prince, Haiti the destruction and loss of lives left as a result of the natural disaster is tremendous.

Kiva’s field partner in Haiti—Esperanza... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2010
Kiva Lenders,

Today we are excited to announce the beginning of our partnership with BRAC Sri Lanka and the first loans to Sri Lankan entrepreneurs on Kiva! This is a partnership that will work a little differently than the rest of Kiva’s partnerships, due to the nature of banking regulations in Sri Lanka.

BRAC Sri Lanka launched operations in early 2005 following the tsunami that devastated coastlines across South and Southeast Asia. Initial activities focused on the provision of emergency relief for communities affected by the tsunami, including medical assistance... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2010
By Cynthia McMurry

We are thrilled to announce the Kiva debut of Cooperativa San José, our third active field partner in Ecuador. Cooperativa San José posted their first 15 loans this morning – unfortunately, their clients are so popular that I wasn’t able to finish this blog entry before every one was 100% funded! See the already-funded loans here, and check back soon for more loans.

San José is a savings and loan cooperative with a strong social focus that works primarily in rural areas of the Ecuadorian Andes. The 45-year-old cooperative operates primarily in hard-to-reach areas of Bolivar... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2010
As you may have seen in the news, a terrible earthquake struck Haiti yesterday afternoon. The earthquake, 7.0 in magnitude, struck about 10 miles outside Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The devastation has been enormous, with many buildings destroyed and thousands of people presumed dead. This is the worst earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years.

Kiva currently supports borrowers in Haiti through our field partner, Esperanza International. Esperanza is based in the Dominican Republic, but has an office and provides loans in Haiti. About 1/3 of the loans Esperanza posts to Kiva are... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2009
We are delighted to squeeze in one more new country to the Kiva portfolio before 2009 comes to a close - Chile! Kiva's Latin America team has been working hard over the past few months to offer Kiva lenders the chance to support borrowers in Chile's nascent microfinance sector. To do this, we have teamed up with Fondo Esperanza, the only organization offering group loans to poor and low-income borrowers on a national scale.

Fondo Esperanza's mission is “build development opportunities through the efficient provision of comprehensive microfinance services, in order to continually... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2009
Kiva’s Editing and Translation Marathon last Monday was a huge success! 91 volunteers and staff reviewed 756 loans throughout the day. This is a new record by far for most loans reviewed in a day (our previous record was ~900 loans reviewed in a weekend). During last year’s marathon 26 volunteers and staff reviewed 325 loans, so this shows how much our team has grown over the past year.

Kiva is now in great shape as we head into our busiest time of year. Thank you to everyone who participated in or helped with the Editing and...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2009
Please join us in welcoming the first handful of Colombian entrepreneurs to the Kiva platform! This weekend, Kiva's first Colombian partner, the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) posted their first loans to the website, adding one more country to Kiva's ever-expanding portfolio.

The entire Kiva team is delighted to have teamed up with this FMSD to expand access to credit in the marginalized rural and peri-urban areas along the Atlantic coast. FMSD is a NGO with over 40 years of experience in development, education, microcredit and housing programs. They will be working with... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2009
Hello Kiva World --

I wanted to share with you all some exciting new content that is now appearing on the Kiva site. Through the extraordinary work of the organization and KF9 Fellow Agnes Chu, SPBD is & will be including individual social metric data on many of the borrowers they are posting to Kiva. SPBD actually collects 30 different data points on their client’s social situation and through the work of Agnes some of this data will now be available... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2009
Yes you can! Trey Ratcliff, creator of photography blog www.StuckInCustoms.com, will be donating a percentage of all profits from his new book, “A World in HDR,” to Kiva. His book is about a new style of photography called High Dynamic Range (HDR) and hits stores in December. Learn more about “A World in HDR” here.



Thank you to Trey for this partnership with Kiva...
Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2009
Hi everyone!

I'm excited to let you all know of two new field partners Kiva has in Costa Rica. I apologize because one has been posting for a while and I never announced them formally to the Kiva community, but I'll let you know about both of them here!

The first, FUDECOSUR, funds mostly farmers (about 98% of their portfolio) in southern Costa Rica, one of the poorest areas of the country. They use a village banking methodology, but one that is different from other organizations. The village banks operate quite independently, with... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2009
Hello Kiva World --

I wanted to highlight a loan that was recently posted by AMK – our largest microfinance partner in Cambodia. This loan is the first made by AMK's Special Interest Group Unit (SIGU) – a department within AMK designed to serve more ‘vulnerable’ groups that are currently underserved by microfinance services. These groups include women who are victims of trafficking, domestic violence and other gender-based traumas, people living with HIV/AIDS, street people and children and people with disabilities. AMK is currently focusing... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2009
Kiva is back in Iraq!

Please join me in welcoming Al-Thiqa Organization to the Kiva community! Founded in 2004, Al-Thiqa contributes to rebuilding Iraq's economy by providing transparent financial services to micro and small enterprises and low-income households in Iraq. Since its inception, the institution has disbursed more than 25,000 loans valued at over $62 million, making it one of the leading microfinance institutions in the country. We are thrilled to have Al-Thiqa on our platform and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with this institution.

To learn... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
Please join the Latin American portfolio team in welcoming another partner to the Kiva platform, the Fundación D-MIRO. D-MIRO works in the marginalized areas in and around Guayaquil, providing credit in the ever-expanding slums of Ecuador's 2nd largest city.

To learn more about the great work they do, visit their field partner page, and also check out this blog written by Kiva Fellow Kimia Rafaat.

Happy Lending! Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
It has been a devastating week for the Philippines. After Typhoon Ondoy (Tropical Storm Ketsana) caused devastating floods earlier this week, the area is now being threatened by Typhoon Parma.

Kiva is sharing messages from our Field Partners in the affected areas as we receive them. Today we received a message from Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), who have many clients affected by the floods. At this stage we do not have details on the number of Kiva clients affected (all Kiva Field Partners work with clients funded by Kiva as well as clients funded by other sources.)
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
Thank you for all the concern expressed by lenders regarding the recent tsunami in Samoa (CNN report here.)

We have received the following communication from our Field Partner South Pacific Business Development (SPBD), based in Samoa. We are relieved to learn that no staff have suffered casualties, although many of their clients have been affected. At this point we are not sure the extent of damages suffered by SPBD clients, however SPBD is currently working to assess damages.

Coincidentally, Kiva had scheduled a Kiva Fellow to begin working with SPBD on September 30... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
Thank you to all lenders who have expressed concern regarding our Filipino Field Partners that have been affected by the recent flooding in Manila.

Here is the latest update we have received from our Field Partner Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (CCT):

"September 30, 2009

Dear Ministry Partners and Friends,

Let me give you an update of our relief operations for those affected by the typhoon Ondoy in the areas where we operate. As of September 30, a total of 4,803 CCT community partners and 26 CCT staff were affected by the... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2009
As many of you may be aware, the Philippines experienced severe flooding a few days ago as a result of Typhoon Ondoy. CNN has reported the story here.

Kiva has 8 active Field Partners in the Philippines, two of which have headquarters in Manila, which was severely affected by the flooding. These two Field Partners are Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (CCT) and Ahon sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI). Obviously we are greatly concerned for the wellbeing of the staff of our Field Partner, the entrepreneurs they have been serving and the millions of Filipinos in the area.... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2009

Last week, at long last, Kiva launched in Armenia with our first new partner in the country: Nor Horizon Universal Credit Organization. The first loan for Gohar Alikhanyan, a 49-year old widow who runs a fruit stand in the capital city, was funded within hours. More loans from Nor Horizon will be up on the site very soon, keep checking back on the site!

To tell you a little bit about Nor Horizon, the organization was originally founded by OXFAM Great Britain. The organization's mission is to provide high-quality business development services to enterprising individuals and... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
One month ago, the Kenya Agency for Development of Enterprise and Technology (KADET) became the first Kiva partner in Kenya to join in over a year. Rocked by the post-election violence of early 2008, KADET and many other microfinance institutions were severely impacted by clashes that disrupted everyday life for an entire nation. In spite of this, KADET continued to serve clients in 53 branches across a nation the size of Texas ensuring that the rural poor maintained access to financial services.

Kenya's microfinance sector has continued to feel the effects of the post election... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Dear Lenders --

With the signing of Kiva's 8th partner in the Philippines, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for making our expansion into the country possible. In the past 9 months since the first Filipino loan was posted to Kiva, you all have lent over $1 million USD to support Filipino microentrepreneurs. It is because of your support that Kiva has been able to expand so quickly in the country to support the working poor. On behalf of our Filipino partners... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Dear Lenders --

I am happy to announce that Kiva has signed on our 6th, 7th... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
By Fiona Ramsey


"Business success is often a mystery. Very often, luck is a big part of it. Often it's skill. Sometimes it's just plain sweat and perseverance. Micro-entrepreneurs are no different, and while we can sometimes guess at why one entrepreneur can be so successful as to expand their business and hire employees whereas others do not, often, it's simply a mystery.

When I first met Adora Fajiculay I'd I'd invited myself into her workspace after seeing the most fantastic gown on display there. I learned she made the dress from pandan... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009

“I want the Kiva lenders to know that I only borrow what I need, not what I can.”

These words really took me by surprise, when I visited Kiva Enterpreneur Borya Enhbat a few weeks ago. Of all the messages he could have asked me to pass on to Kiva Lenders, this was most important to him.

At first I wondered if this comment came from his feeling apologetic to Kiva Lenders for needing to borrow their money, and wanting to make sure that they knew it was an act of necessity, not luxury.

But as I got to know him better, I realized that this wasn’t about his... Continue Reading >>

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