Kiva Blog Updates

Aug 16, 2006

Still dominating the news, Kiva has been featured in a BusinessWeek SmallBiz slideshow. Take a minute to browse through some pics of our entrepreneurs - and forward the slideshow to your friends! There's no better way to show how Kiva works than to send them a slideshow of Kiva stories.

Click through to the story here, and click on the picture of Kem Pharin in her boat surrounded by water spinach fields to click through to the slideshow.
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Aug 11, 2006 is currently piloting in Uganda and Kenya a solution which allows partners to update the website from their cell-phone.'s partnership with Microsoft Research through the Digital Inclusion project brought to our attention the difficulties our African partners have been overcoming to access the Kiva system. Electrical power in East Africa is very often provided only every other day, and internet connections are at best extremely slow and sporadic. These conditions make uploading required content (business descriptions and updates) extremely cumbersome.... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2006 has been honored with an invitation to the second annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting, September 20-22, 2006, in New York City.

This year's group will include King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Tony Blair, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, First Lady Laura Bush, Warren Buffett, Hernando de Soto, Bill Gates, Lakshmi Mittal, Rupert Murdoch, General Colin Powell, Lee Scott Jr., Muhammad Yunus, and dozens of additional distinguished leaders. 

This nonpartisan...
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Aug 4, 2006 is honored to announce the addition of Sam Daley-Harris to's Advisory Board. 

Sam Daley-Harris is President and Founder of RESULTS Educational Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to mass educational strategies to generate the will to end world hunger. RESULTS Educational Fund organized the February 1997 Microcredit Summit held in Washington, D.C. The Summit was attended by more than 2,900 participants from 137 countries and launched a nine-year campaign to reach 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families... Continue Reading >>
Aug 2, 2006
We know you've been asking for it: "When are you going to put a search feature on the site?" Well, we finally got it up there and you can now search your heart out!

That's right, our super sleek Businesses page now allows you to easily switch from businesses In Need, Raised, Active or Paid back, by loan amount or by date of posting.

And if that's not enough, click on the "Show More Options" link and you can also search by region, sector or gender! (If I ever have to click through 500 businesses again and select a sector and gender for each one...)

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Jul 31, 2006
Last week had a record week, receiving over $23,000 in loan funds! That's FIFTY loans that were raised last week and every last cent that you sent us will be sent to your chosen loan receipient. This is our biggest week yet and we are so excited for the massive support our lenders have shown our entrepreneurs by helping them get the loan they need.

We also received a lot of emails last week from people who read the BusinessWeek article about Kiva or saw the ABC News Now story and forwarded it to their... Continue Reading >>
Jul 28, 2006
If you've never visited PledgeBank before, it's a great place to find others who care about the same issues you do andwant to do something about it.

Currently 16 people have pledged to make a loan through but only if the number of pledgers reaches 35 by August 1. 

So what are you waiting for? Call your friends, tell your neighbors, email your in-laws and join the pledge. There's power in numbers! Continue Reading >>
Jul 27, 2006
If you haven't been getting enough in the media, you're in luck. Matt and Premal ('s CEO and President respectively) will be interviewed live tonight on "The Progressive Forum", broadcast in the Houston area on KPFT Pacifica Radio. 

Tune in at 8pm Houston Time (that's 6pm Pacific, 7pm Mountain and 9pm Eastern) to hear the show. If you're in the Houston jump on the dial at 90.1FM, if you're too far to pick up the waves listen live over the internet here. Continue Reading >>
Jul 26, 2006

If you've been getting the feeling that has been exploding in the media - you would be right! BusinessWeek on Friday, Wall Street Journal on Tuesday and today we were featured in an ABC News Now story! What a wildfire week!

Check out our very own Matt Flannery and Premal Shah interviewed on ABC News, featuring footage from the field of two of our favorite entrepreneurs, Julius Ocola in Uganda and Lucy Oltingidi in Kenya (special thanks to Jon Rodriguez of into(context) for...
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Jul 24, 2006
What a weekend!  

Since our article in BusinessWeek came out on Friday (page 64 if you haven't already seen it) we've received over $10,000 in loans! Businesses have been funded like hot cakes, and our partners have all seen the article online and were excited to send extra loan requests last night due to the jump in site traffic. 

So to all of our new BusinessWeek lenders - "Welcome" - and thanks, on behalf of our entrepreneurs, for your loans over the weekend. You might... Continue Reading >>