Tag: Kiva


Kiva as Microfinance Consumer Sentiment Barometer

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As I've mentioned, I've been asked many times whether all the bad press around microfinance in the last few years has affected perceptions among the public in general and funders in particular. Usually in response to this question, I've shrugged and pointed out that Kiva seems to be doing fine.

Kudos for Kiva

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I just noticed that Kiva has revamped its individual loan pages. Here's a screen shot of a loan page from March 2007 that I dug up (thank you nau.com), for a loan to Galib Asadov, a hairdresser in Azerbaijan:

Kiva old-style loan page

Real P2P vs. Virtual P2P

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The demand for direct connection is baffling to me since most donors absolutely refuse direct connection to the people in need that are closest to them. Consider: how often do you or your friends take advantage of the opportunity to give directly and establish a connection by giving $20 to the guy standing at the corner with the cardboard sign saying, “Will Work for Food”?

Kiva: The Play

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You've read the blog post, scanned the tweets, digested the New York Times story...now see the play. Or read it anyway:

BILL: Hey, what are you looking at there?

PENNEY: Huh? Oh, this? Just the most horrible news ever.

BILL: What? What happened?