Blog posts tagged with Kiva Field Partners

Jul 7, 2009

On Saturday, June 27th, Atlanta Kiva Lenders lending team proudly gathered for a picnic in a local park. In celebration of being one of the largest domestic “local area” lending teams on Kiva, dedicated Kiva lovers came together to socialize and set outreach goals for the future. The group had a raffle presenting the winner with a Kiva gift certificate and a special guest also joined them! Team captain, Liliane, wrote to us and explained:

...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Please join us in welcoming Kiva´s newest partner in Bolivia, CIDRE, to the Kiva family!

CIDRE is a nonprofit organization located in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Their mission is ¨to contribute to the sustainable development of small-level dairy/livestock producers and of rural and semi-urban micro and small businesses, through the provision of quality financial services.¨

With over 20 years experience serving rural entrepreneurs, and we are delighted to give Kiva lenders the opportunity to support CIDRE´s important work in some of the poorest and most isolated areas of Bolivia... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
We are delighted to once again offer Kiva lenders the opportunity to support borrowers in Ecuador! After over a year of inactivity, Kiva has recently teamed up with the Fundación ESPOIR to support the great work they do in helping bring financial and non-financial services to hard-to-reach areas in Ecuador.

ESPOIR lends to 100% women through 5 branches throughout the country. They are pioneers of the "Credit with Education" methodology wherein borrower recieve not only loans, but also business and life skills training. In addition, one of their branches has a medical clinic that... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
Thursday, Kiva quietly launched in Liberia, and Kiva Lenders noticed - within an hour all loans were fully funded, despite the dozens of other loans on the website!

Kiva’s first partner in Liberia is called Liberian Enterprise Assistance Program, or LEAP. The logo demonstrates that this acronym is not a lucky mistake, but an intentional choice to demonstrate that with a micro-loan from LEAP – you can leap into a better life!

Liberia is freshly recovering from two major wars that finally came to an end in 2003. The wars created serious problems with the infrastructure... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
Luis is not your average bakery delivery guy, bringing cakes, pastries and breads to your local restaurants, delis and hotels. On first glance he’s just another guy zipping around Manhattan in a van, with places to go and deliveries to make. But if you have the chance to get to know him, Luis is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet.

Luis was homeless just ten years ago. He was that guy holding a sign saying “Need Work”. Without a place to stay or a way to earn a living, he was invisible, as many of the homeless are to the rest of society. That was, at least, until... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009

The bLENDer was the first event of its kind and one celebrating and raising awareness about microfinance in the United States. Co-hosted by ACCION USA, the largest microlender in the United States, it had all of the elements of Kiva- under one roof.


It was amazing to see the line-up at the door as the house filed with guests from all corners of Kiva: Kiva Lenders, Kiva Borrowers, Kiva Fellows, microfinance staff, donors, board members, executives and friends who came out to support a worthy cause.


Kiva Fellow Alumni (Adam Grenier, Whittney Zimmerman,... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
Kiva's first ever loans in Kyrgyzstan were posted today through our new partner, Mol Bulak. You can visit Mol Bulak's partner page to learn more about this great, socially-focused and highly motivated new partner. Keep an eye out for loans for additional entrepreneurs in the next few days. The loans include some interesting businesses, like a retirement home, an orphanage, and more. The new loans are funding quickly, so catch them while you can! Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
When we made the change to our new Partner Administration system in November, we also created a longer billing cycle of 45 days. After working with this system for a few months we realized the longer billing cycle was overly complicated for Kiva’s Field Partners, leading to a lot of confusion, missed payments, etc. So we’re shortening the billing cycle to 30 days, which means that partners will now make payments to Kiva on the last day of the month, rather than the 15th of the following month. Shortening the billing cycle helps our Field Partners because making payments for the previous month... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
I am happy to announce that Kiva will be launching very soon in a new country – Kyrgyzstan. We have been working very hard for the past several months to bring this new partner on board and to expand microfinance further in Central Asia - so this is very exciting news here at Kiva.

... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Hello Fellow Kivans --

I just wanted to share the latest development from Vietnam. Our newest Vietnamese partner - Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women - has completed their Pilot phase and will be moving to Active status effective immediately. Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women joined Kiva in late 2008 and has worked diligently - with assistance from Kiva Fellows James MacKenzie... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Turns out a florist shop in Uganda is much like florist shops you're used to - and may even bring you back to your high school dances!

Kiva Fellow Stephanie Koczela visited Florence Musola, a member of the Balikyewunya Group at her florist shop in Kampala, Uganda.

Check out a video of Florence and her shop below, and read Stephanie's blog about the visit here.



Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball has yet again brought us an amazing video sharing his experiences on the ground working with Kiva's Field Partners.

Right now Kieran is with one of Kiva's newest partners, TLM, in West Timor. TLM is an abbreviation for Tanaoba Lais Manekat, which translates to "Serve With Love".

Meet the TLM crew and learn about the only cashless loan on Kiva - the cow fattening loan - in Kieran's video below.





To learn more about Kieran's perspective on the ground with TLM, read his blog... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Come see the first Tweet by one of Kiva's newest MFI partners TLM. Based in West Timor, you can now follow along the tweets of this organization at Twitter here:

http://twitter.com/TLMWestTimor Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009
Hey Kiva Lenders –

Just wanted to let everyone know that we have graduated the first Filipino MFI partner – Community Economic Ventures Inc. (CEVI) – from “Pilot” to “Active” status. In just 4 short months, they have completed a rigorous Pilot process and now represents our first “Active” partner in Philippines. Kudos goes to CEVI's staff, our Partner Development Specialist Rico... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009


Today the Kiva office received our very own Kiva Cambodia "Loaner" t-shirts made by Kiva Fellows in Phnom Penh. What a cool design!

Unfortunately it sounds like it might be a little difficult to order your own, check out Kieran Ball's blog from Cambodia with the story about the t-shirts. Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2009
Chris Baker, Kiva Fellow for Nepal during the summer of 2008, recently completed this video of a field visit he conducted. Chris was the first fellow ever to serve with Kiva Field Partner Patan Business and Professional Women (BPW).




To read more stories from the field by Kiva Fellows, please see the Kiva Fellows Blog. Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2008
I want to use this blog post to give Kiva lenders an update on a recent visit I made to Bluefields, Nicaragua with the purpose of getting to know the staff, borrowers, and operations of the Asociación de Desarrollo y Promoción Humana de la Costa Atlántica (or ADEPHCA for short).

ADEPHCA has been working with Kiva since October 2007. At that time, the plan was that ADEPHCA would work with a local Nicaraguan NGO called Blue Energy to help promote loans that allowed people outside of the formal electric grid to purchase a sustainable hybrid wind/solar energy system. Although the... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2008
You might notice this week that some of the Kiva Field Partner names have changed a little. We're not trying to confuse you, just trying to standardize!

In the past, we referred to our partners in a variety of ways, either by their full names, abbreviations, or a combination of both. Now, we've changed names to follow this format: "[Full Partner Name]([Acronym]), a partner of [Network]." Whenever the entire partner name was in a language other than English, we abbreviated the entire name (for example...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2007
Aqroinvest is one of Kiva's dynamic partners in Azerbaijan originally founded in 2001 by 32 farmers and catering to low-income people and union members through microfinance. The organization has grown exponentially since its beginning to serve more clients throughout Azerbaijan (for example, the organization's outstanding loan portfolio was about $350,000 with 156 borrowers at the end of 2003 and was over $1.3 million in outstanding portfolio with almost 750 borrowers last month). Aqroinvest is a credit union, a member of the local microfinance network called the Azerbaijan Microfinance... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2007
By max
About 2.5 months ago, Chelsa and I traveled to Tanzania to visit one of Kiva's current partners, YOSEFO (Youth Self Employment Foundation), learn more about the local microfinance sector, and explore new partnerships with microfinance institutions working to alleviate poverty. One of our first stops was the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) where we met with FSDT's charismatic director, Ian Robinson, and FSDT technical manager Sosthenes Kewe. FSDT is a collective undertaking of the Canadian, Danish,... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
Dear Kiva Lenders:

Just one year ago the Kiva staff (there were fewer of us then!) were gathered in our one-room office in an old warehouse-turned-office-space in the Mission District of San Francisco. Some of us were in Halloween costumes, all of us were excited for a big day in Kiva history.

One year ago today Frontline/WORLD first aired the program "Uganda: A Little Goes A Long Way" on PBS. The first airing was at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific, and we all stood around our engineers who watched for our traffic numbers to increase. Our total loan portfolio at that time... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2007
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. Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2007
Kiva.org is proud to announce our first partnership in Indonesia, with MBK:

"Mitra Bisnis Keluarga" (MBK) stands for "Family Business Partners". MBK is a non-bank financial company (NBFC) regulated by the Ministry of Finance and with a venture capital license issued in November 2006. Using the classic Grameen Bank methodology, MBK provides working capital to low-income households in Indonesia in order to raise their family incomes and living standards.

MBK took over the microfinance activities of Ganesha Microfinance Foundation, which operated from 2003 to 2006. During this...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2007
Kiva.org is proud to announce our first partnership in Togo with HELP Africa:

Humanitarian Efforts to Lessen Poverty in Africa ( HELP Africa ) was founded in 2000 to further socio-economic development and human capacity building in key areas of Africa. HELP Africa is also legally registered in Togo, is a US 501-c-3 organization and is also registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin .

HELP Africa's mission is to serve as a catalyst for social change and social entrepreneurship at the local level in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is particularly focused on supporting...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2007
Kiva.org is proud to announce partnership with Mekong Plus, our first Field Partner in Vietnam:

Mekong Plus is an NGO of European origin that was registered in Vietnam in 1994, and has been working in Cambodia since 2004. Mainly focusing on community development and individual participation in the community development process, Mekong Plus works together with the ultra poor to create a more equal and sustainable world.

Mekong Plus believes in low cost, long-term solutions to poverty alleviation and sustainable developement. There is no particular "project" that Mekong...

Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with Kiva Field Partners

Jul 7, 2009

On Saturday, June 27th, Atlanta Kiva Lenders lending team proudly gathered for a picnic in a local park. In celebration of being one of the largest domestic “local area” lending teams on Kiva, dedicated Kiva lovers came together to socialize and set outreach goals for the future. The group had a raffle presenting the winner with a Kiva gift certificate and a special guest also joined them! Team captain, Liliane, wrote to us and explained:

...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Please join us in welcoming Kiva´s newest partner in Bolivia, CIDRE, to the Kiva family!

CIDRE is a nonprofit organization located in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Their mission is ¨to contribute to the sustainable development of small-level dairy/livestock producers and of rural and semi-urban micro and small businesses, through the provision of quality financial services.¨

With over 20 years experience serving rural entrepreneurs, and we are delighted to give Kiva lenders the opportunity to support CIDRE´s important work in some of the poorest and most isolated areas of Bolivia... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
We are delighted to once again offer Kiva lenders the opportunity to support borrowers in Ecuador! After over a year of inactivity, Kiva has recently teamed up with the Fundación ESPOIR to support the great work they do in helping bring financial and non-financial services to hard-to-reach areas in Ecuador.

ESPOIR lends to 100% women through 5 branches throughout the country. They are pioneers of the "Credit with Education" methodology wherein borrower recieve not only loans, but also business and life skills training. In addition, one of their branches has a medical clinic that... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
Thursday, Kiva quietly launched in Liberia, and Kiva Lenders noticed - within an hour all loans were fully funded, despite the dozens of other loans on the website!

Kiva’s first partner in Liberia is called Liberian Enterprise Assistance Program, or LEAP. The logo demonstrates that this acronym is not a lucky mistake, but an intentional choice to demonstrate that with a micro-loan from LEAP – you can leap into a better life!

Liberia is freshly recovering from two major wars that finally came to an end in 2003. The wars created serious problems with the infrastructure... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
Luis is not your average bakery delivery guy, bringing cakes, pastries and breads to your local restaurants, delis and hotels. On first glance he’s just another guy zipping around Manhattan in a van, with places to go and deliveries to make. But if you have the chance to get to know him, Luis is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet.

Luis was homeless just ten years ago. He was that guy holding a sign saying “Need Work”. Without a place to stay or a way to earn a living, he was invisible, as many of the homeless are to the rest of society. That was, at least, until... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009

The bLENDer was the first event of its kind and one celebrating and raising awareness about microfinance in the United States. Co-hosted by ACCION USA, the largest microlender in the United States, it had all of the elements of Kiva- under one roof.


It was amazing to see the line-up at the door as the house filed with guests from all corners of Kiva: Kiva Lenders, Kiva Borrowers, Kiva Fellows, microfinance staff, donors, board members, executives and friends who came out to support a worthy cause.


Kiva Fellow Alumni (Adam Grenier, Whittney Zimmerman,... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
Kiva's first ever loans in Kyrgyzstan were posted today through our new partner, Mol Bulak. You can visit Mol Bulak's partner page to learn more about this great, socially-focused and highly motivated new partner. Keep an eye out for loans for additional entrepreneurs in the next few days. The loans include some interesting businesses, like a retirement home, an orphanage, and more. The new loans are funding quickly, so catch them while you can! Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
When we made the change to our new Partner Administration system in November, we also created a longer billing cycle of 45 days. After working with this system for a few months we realized the longer billing cycle was overly complicated for Kiva’s Field Partners, leading to a lot of confusion, missed payments, etc. So we’re shortening the billing cycle to 30 days, which means that partners will now make payments to Kiva on the last day of the month, rather than the 15th of the following month. Shortening the billing cycle helps our Field Partners because making payments for the previous month... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
I am happy to announce that Kiva will be launching very soon in a new country – Kyrgyzstan. We have been working very hard for the past several months to bring this new partner on board and to expand microfinance further in Central Asia - so this is very exciting news here at Kiva.

... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Hello Fellow Kivans --

I just wanted to share the latest development from Vietnam. Our newest Vietnamese partner - Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women - has completed their Pilot phase and will be moving to Active status effective immediately. Thanh Hoa Fund for Poor Women joined Kiva in late 2008 and has worked diligently - with assistance from Kiva Fellows James MacKenzie... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Turns out a florist shop in Uganda is much like florist shops you're used to - and may even bring you back to your high school dances!

Kiva Fellow Stephanie Koczela visited Florence Musola, a member of the Balikyewunya Group at her florist shop in Kampala, Uganda.

Check out a video of Florence and her shop below, and read Stephanie's blog about the visit here.



Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball has yet again brought us an amazing video sharing his experiences on the ground working with Kiva's Field Partners.

Right now Kieran is with one of Kiva's newest partners, TLM, in West Timor. TLM is an abbreviation for Tanaoba Lais Manekat, which translates to "Serve With Love".

Meet the TLM crew and learn about the only cashless loan on Kiva - the cow fattening loan - in Kieran's video below.





To learn more about Kieran's perspective on the ground with TLM, read his blog... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Come see the first Tweet by one of Kiva's newest MFI partners TLM. Based in West Timor, you can now follow along the tweets of this organization at Twitter here:

http://twitter.com/TLMWestTimor Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009
Hey Kiva Lenders –

Just wanted to let everyone know that we have graduated the first Filipino MFI partner – Community Economic Ventures Inc. (CEVI) – from “Pilot” to “Active” status. In just 4 short months, they have completed a rigorous Pilot process and now represents our first “Active” partner in Philippines. Kudos goes to CEVI's staff, our Partner Development Specialist Rico... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009


Today the Kiva office received our very own Kiva Cambodia "Loaner" t-shirts made by Kiva Fellows in Phnom Penh. What a cool design!

Unfortunately it sounds like it might be a little difficult to order your own, check out Kieran Ball's blog from Cambodia with the story about the t-shirts. Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2009
Chris Baker, Kiva Fellow for Nepal during the summer of 2008, recently completed this video of a field visit he conducted. Chris was the first fellow ever to serve with Kiva Field Partner Patan Business and Professional Women (BPW).




To read more stories from the field by Kiva Fellows, please see the Kiva Fellows Blog. Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2008
I want to use this blog post to give Kiva lenders an update on a recent visit I made to Bluefields, Nicaragua with the purpose of getting to know the staff, borrowers, and operations of the Asociación de Desarrollo y Promoción Humana de la Costa Atlántica (or ADEPHCA for short).

ADEPHCA has been working with Kiva since October 2007. At that time, the plan was that ADEPHCA would work with a local Nicaraguan NGO called Blue Energy to help promote loans that allowed people outside of the formal electric grid to purchase a sustainable hybrid wind/solar energy system. Although the... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2008
You might notice this week that some of the Kiva Field Partner names have changed a little. We're not trying to confuse you, just trying to standardize!

In the past, we referred to our partners in a variety of ways, either by their full names, abbreviations, or a combination of both. Now, we've changed names to follow this format: "[Full Partner Name]([Acronym]), a partner of [Network]." Whenever the entire partner name was in a language other than English, we abbreviated the entire name (for example...
Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2007
Aqroinvest is one of Kiva's dynamic partners in Azerbaijan originally founded in 2001 by 32 farmers and catering to low-income people and union members through microfinance. The organization has grown exponentially since its beginning to serve more clients throughout Azerbaijan (for example, the organization's outstanding loan portfolio was about $350,000 with 156 borrowers at the end of 2003 and was over $1.3 million in outstanding portfolio with almost 750 borrowers last month). Aqroinvest is a credit union, a member of the local microfinance network called the Azerbaijan Microfinance... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2007
By max
About 2.5 months ago, Chelsa and I traveled to Tanzania to visit one of Kiva's current partners, YOSEFO (Youth Self Employment Foundation), learn more about the local microfinance sector, and explore new partnerships with microfinance institutions working to alleviate poverty. One of our first stops was the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) where we met with FSDT's charismatic director, Ian Robinson, and FSDT technical manager Sosthenes Kewe. FSDT is a collective undertaking of the Canadian, Danish,... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
By Fiona Ramsey
Dear Kiva Lenders:

Just one year ago the Kiva staff (there were fewer of us then!) were gathered in our one-room office in an old warehouse-turned-office-space in the Mission District of San Francisco. Some of us were in Halloween costumes, all of us were excited for a big day in Kiva history.

One year ago today Frontline/WORLD first aired the program "Uganda: A Little Goes A Long Way" on PBS. The first airing was at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific, and we all stood around our engineers who watched for our traffic numbers to increase. Our total loan portfolio at that time... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2007
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. Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2007
Kiva.org is proud to announce our first partnership in Indonesia, with MBK:

"Mitra Bisnis Keluarga" (MBK) stands for "Family Business Partners". MBK is a non-bank financial company (NBFC) regulated by the Ministry of Finance and with a venture capital license issued in November 2006. Using the classic Grameen Bank methodology, MBK provides working capital to low-income households in Indonesia in order to raise their family incomes and living standards.

MBK took over the microfinance activities of Ganesha Microfinance Foundation, which operated from 2003 to 2006. During this...

Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2007
Kiva.org is proud to announce our first partnership in Togo with HELP Africa:

Humanitarian Efforts to Lessen Poverty in Africa ( HELP Africa ) was founded in 2000 to further socio-economic development and human capacity building in key areas of Africa. HELP Africa is also legally registered in Togo, is a US 501-c-3 organization and is also registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin .

HELP Africa's mission is to serve as a catalyst for social change and social entrepreneurship at the local level in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is particularly focused on supporting...

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2007
Kiva.org is proud to announce partnership with Mekong Plus, our first Field Partner in Vietnam:

Mekong Plus is an NGO of European origin that was registered in Vietnam in 1994, and has been working in Cambodia since 2004. Mainly focusing on community development and individual participation in the community development process, Mekong Plus works together with the ultra poor to create a more equal and sustainable world.

Mekong Plus believes in low cost, long-term solutions to poverty alleviation and sustainable developement. There is no particular "project" that Mekong...

Continue Reading >>

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