Kiva Blog Updates

Jul 21, 2006

Pick up your copy of BusinessWeek today - is featured in a story in this week's edition titled "A Little Money Goes A Long Way". 

Special thanks to lenders Ann Brown and Bill Gilroy who were happy to speak to the BusinessWeek reporter - we love that the story included some of the people who really make happen. And thank you to all of the lenders - you've brought to the attention of BusinessWeek, and the rest of the world. (Now if we can just get a copy of the story to Maria Martinez in Honduras to let her know business is famous!)... Continue Reading >>
Jul 19, 2006
Do you get hooked on reading our business updates? Do you love getting those emails telling you how Sarah Wairimu in Kenya is doing selling her vegetables, or Maria's famous tortillas in Honduras? We're totally hooked, and we just made it a whole lot easier to keep tabs on all of the updates that come in each day from across the world.

We've added a link at the top of each page, Latest Journals, which takes you to a page dedicated to the journals posted by our partners. See your favorite business? Click on the "Recommend Journal" button at the bottom of the journal to recommend... Continue Reading >>
Jul 18, 2006
BusinessWeek Online has published a podcast about, saying that "As the intersection between peer-to-peer financing and philanthropy, is harnessing the power of social networking to support microenterprise in the developing world". The segment features President Premal Shah explaining the ins and outs of our loans - a great link to forward your friends who haven't yet heard of 

Listen to the podcast here.

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Jul 17, 2006's CEO, Matt Flannery, will be interviewed today on KUOW 94.9 in Seattle, broadcast nationwide by NPR. "Weekday" will be discussing the topic "Is Microfinance Changing the World?" with Alex Counts, President and CEO of Grameen Foundation USA, Raj Shah, Director for Financial Services and Agriculture with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and our very own Matt Flannery! Tune in at 9am PST for the show.
Update: listen to the broadcast here

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Jul 14, 2006
Thank you to everyone who made it out for our Los Angeles Awareness / Fundraiser party last Thursday, July 13th! 

We raised over $1000 for , which is great -- but what's more important is that numerous attendees who'd never heard of before the event identified with our mission and made loans on the site; if that's you, thank you even more! 

This was our second such event, and given the success of each one, we're looking to do more very soon in different cities across the US. If you think your city would welcome, let me know at Continue Reading >>
Jul 13, 2006
Lounge 217
217 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-6336

When: Thursday, July 13, 9:00pm (that's right - tomorrow!)

Following the tremendous success of our San Francisco, we are hosting an awareness party in Los Angeles. Come along and meet some crew, learn more about or just get an early start on the weekend!

Entry is free for lenders (we'll have your name at the door if you've previously made a loan), and $10 minimum donation for non-lenders ( does not "skim" from loan funds, so all donations... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2006 is honored to announce the addition of Reid Hoffman to's Board of Directors.

Reid is currently CEO and co-founder of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Reid was Executive Vice President of PayPal. At PayPal, Reid was in charge of all business relationships: business development, corporate development, international, government relations, and banking/payments infrastructure. During his tenure at PayPal, Hoffman was instrumental to the acquisition by eBay and was responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard and Wells...
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Jul 6, 2006
Today had our first team meeting in our new office space! Complete with hardwood floors and a great cafe across the street, we're all looking forward to holding meetings around the water cooler and figuring out how we'll decorate. What will really make us feel moved in is when we put up our 8' x 13' world map and mark each place's loans are reaching across the globe. 

We are now located at: 
2180 Bryant Street
Suite 106
San Francisco, CA 94110-2141
Ph: (415) 641-5482
Fax: (415) 641-1515 Many thanks to all who have made this possible. Continue Reading >>
Jul 3, 2006
We've all heard by now about Warren Buffet's $31 billion donation to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but John S. Johnson points out that with you don't need to be Warren Buffet to make a difference to someone's life. 

Read Johnson's blog about on The Huffington Post here. Continue Reading >>
May 29, 2006
We are pleased to announce a new addition to's management team, Olana Hirsch Khan, as Chief Operating Officer.  A 6-year Google veteran, Olana is responsible for scaling and managing's core operations.  

While at Google, Olana oversaw the International Sales Professional Services team and developed deep expertise in scaling teams and operations in rapidly changing environments. Prior to Google, Olana worked at The Economist, Netscape and AOL.  Last year she co-founded OZ Ventures, a technology venture fund focused on seed round funding. Olana has extensive... Continue Reading >>