Kiva Blog Updates

Nov 16, 2006 today announced a new partnership with K-MET (Kisumu Medical & Education Trust) in Kenya.

K-MET is a local non-Government Reproductive Health organization registered in 1995.
K-MET's aims and objectives are:


  • To improve access to quality healthcare services, particularly in the underserved areas.
  • To harness new and existing expertise, skills and resources to build institutions which will ensure availability of quality healthcare services for all.
  • To develop innovative outreach programs for...
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Nov 15, 2006 is incredibly excited to announce its partnership with Ariana Financial Services Group in Afghanistan.

AFSG was launched in May 2003 by Mercy Corps with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The banking system in Afghanistan has been slow to establish itself since 2001, and remains heavily concentrated in Kabul and larger cities. Even if Afghans have access to a bank, most of them are too poor to qualify for conventional bank loans.

Ariana predominantly supports female entrepreneurs. Historically, Ariana... Continue Reading >>
Nov 14, 2006
Premal Shah today presented's 2006 Institutional Action Plan to the Council of Advocates and Parliamentarians at the Global Microcredit Summit in Halifax. has been recognized as a powerful advocate of microcredit to the public via the website, and as such are honored to have been invited to share the 2006 IAP with an audience at the Summit. today also finalized a partnership with ASOD (Assistance for Social Organization and Development) in Bangladesh: ASOD was established in 1985 as a non-profit organization based in Dhaka, whose mission is to... Continue Reading >>
Nov 13, 2006 President Premal Shah today presented a workshop at the Global Microcredit Summit titled "Raising Debt Capital Over the Internet". This workshop detailed for delegates the way has leveraged the power of the internet to raise soft, affordable debt capital for microfinance institutions.

The Global Microcredit Summit has been an invaluable opportunity for staff to meet with delegates from microfinance institutions around the world and other prominent figures in the industry, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Muhammad Yunus. We are incredibly excited... Continue Reading >>
Nov 12, 2006 today attended the first day of the Global Microcredit Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia. More than 2,300 delegates from over 100 countries are participating at the event, to assess progress toward the Summit's goal of reaching 100 million poorest, and to launch the second phase of the Campaign with two new goals.

The Microcredit Summit Campaign recently released the State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report for 2006, which reported that "As of December 31, 2005, 3,133 microcredit institutions have reported reaching 113,261,390 clients, 81,949,036 of whom... Continue Reading >>
Nov 10, 2006 (Mexicans & Americans Thinking Together-Foundation, Inc) has partnered with to work together in bringing our Mexican entrepreneurs to the attention of the Mexican American community.

MATT is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage bicultural Mexicans and Americans to understand, address and solve the major problems of our two nations to the benefit of both peoples. MATT stands for "the friendship and prosperity of our two countries... because we love and understand both cultures."

MATT has joined forces with Mexican Kiva... Continue Reading >>
Nov 8, 2006 has expanded into a second Eastern European country with a new partnership with Microinvest, in Moldova.

Microinvest was founded by The Soros Foundation and launched in April 2003 with the purpose to create and develop micro and small enterprises by providing advisory and financial services. Microinvest's services target primarily those entrepreneurial initiatives which carry potential for development, but cannot meet the requirements for the commercial banks' credits. is pleased to be in partnership with Microinvest and continuing... Continue Reading >>
Nov 7, 2006 is excited to announce its first partnership in Nigeria, with LAPO (Lift Above Poverty Organization).

LAPO started its activities in 1987 and was formally incorporated as a nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) in 1993. The specific objective of LAPO is to promote selfemployment through access to microfinance. LAPO's clients are among the poorest people in the urban and rural areas where it operates.

Grameen Foundation has been supporting LAPO since early 2003 in loans and grants to support branch expansion, on-lending to clients and MIS... Continue Reading >>
Nov 6, 2006
Over the past seven day a new Kiva has grown wings, stretched and stood towering over us all. A week ago we were an organization fighting for the opportunity of enterprise for people in the developing world. Today we look behind us and see that we are surrounded by thousands wanting to join our fight.

Since the Frontline/World piece aired on 10/31 and the resulting traffic promptly crashed our server, we have seen a phenomenon of support rallying around us. Thousands of emails sent encouragement, thousands of people sent donations, and loan funds of over $180,000 were received.... Continue Reading >>
Nov 3, 2006
1:39AM     It is the early hours of the morning at the office but we are not sleeping. has spent the last two days recovering from one of the most amazing events in our history, which has left us stronger, more motivated and more inspired than ever...

Halloween was a day that none of the team will ever forget. While we had spent weeks preparing for our expected increase in traffic, we had no idea of the response we would actually get. As our Field Partners across the globe sent in their final business profiles and our engineers ran benchmarks, we readied... Continue Reading >>