Category Archives: Kiva

Just in Time For The Holidays, Crowdfunding Sites Are Getting Into Ecommerce

Crowdfunding has become an indispensable tool for entrepreneurs looking to raise seed capital for a new venture or product by reaching out to potential customers and supporters. Now crowdfunding sites such as Indiegogo and Kiva want to help entrepreneurs keep the momentum going long after the funding campaign is finished. Indiegogo, which pioneered the crowdfunding […]

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NYC Will Invest in Local Women Entrepreneurs on Kiva

Women entrepreneurs of New York: your city wants to invest in you. Under a new program, called WE Fund: Crowd, when women entrepreneurs create a crowdfunding campaign on Kiva.org, the city will kick in the first 10% of their goal, up to $1,000. New York City officials hope to support at least 500 women-owned businesses […]

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How Kiva U.S. Ditched Mass Marketing and Got Back to its Roots

For marketers, Google Adwords, Facebook ads and other mass outreach methods are de rigueur. But what about businesses that are deeply rooted in community? Shouldn’t your marketing strategy reflect your company’s values and ethos? Jonny Price, senior director of Kiva U.S., a pioneering social enterprise that crowdfunds interest-free loans for small businesses, wondered the same […]

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On Puddle, Social Networks and Trust Can Unlock Loans

When Rose Ann Haft wanted to create an online diabetes prevention program a year ago, she didn’t need much. Still, without access to a line of credit or a bank loan, she struggled to come up with even the modest amount of cash it required. Then she heard about Puddle, a social lending site that […]