management & organizations

So that thing Kiva just started doing? Zidisha was already doing it

Last week, I wrote about Kiva’s new pilot program for direct peer-to-peer microlending — called Kiva Zip — which differs from their current system of indirect microlending. The new program struck me as pretty innovative. The commenters on my post and on Twitter conveyed…

management & organizations

Kiva starts doing what we thought they were doing all along

Two years ago, there was a pseudo-controversy around Kiva’s business model. The organization had received great acclaim as an innovative person-to-person microlending platform. Lenders in rich countries could browse profiles of micro-entrepreneurs who lacked access to other capital sources, and send funds…