Build an Application that Helps Kiva Donors Assess Impact

Benefits: Kiva
Finance

About the Challenge

We envision a world where all people – even in the most remote areas of the globe – hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others. We believe providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need helps people create better lives for themselves and their families. Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of your loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field.

Our Challenge

Create some form of application that allows a Lender to determine the impact that their loans are having by combining publicly available sources.

Examples of good solutions might incorporate:

  • multiple data sources
  • a consumer friendly impact calculator
  • an enterprise friendly impact calculator

A Kiva client like HP would love to know where and how the many thousands of loans they are making are creating an impact in the world. And this might also allow lenders to target an area or areas not typically getting under represented on the Kiva site.

From the Kiva API, you can determine where our borrowers reside in the world, on a loan by loan basis. You can also determine from many public sources, where there is need in the world, be it poverty, famine, lack of water, etc.

Things to Think About

Distilling Data and Assessing for Impact
Taking information from the Kiva API, Twitter firehose, and Google Trends API, you’ll realize there is a lot of information that donors can use to assess what their impact will be. Help our donors consume this information in a way that will inform where they can send their loans.

Resources
Kiva Website
Kiva API
Twitter Firehose
Google Trends
World Bank API
UN Human Development Reports
Quandl, an aggregated resource for economic data
IMF World Economic Outlook Database
Useful APIs


Approved Submissions

Kiva Impact Graph Visual

Kiva Impact Graph Visual

Web App loads the locations of recent loans or all loans by a user onto an interactive map. Once a location containing a dot is clicked, information about the loan and its impact on its respective …

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Kiva iOS App

Kiva iOS App

With Codepath's help, the three of us built an iOS app in three weeks. Features of the App include:

  • Read stories & background of business owners
  • View areas of the most need on the map

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KIVA Impact Calculator

KIVA Impact Calculator

KIVA Impact Calculator is a web application that assesses the degree of social impact created by KIVA loans by combining publicly available sources.

Our sources include United Nations' Human De…

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Kiva for Android

Kiva for Android

We've built an Android app that helps Kiva to more effectively engage with mobile users around the world. We'd love to work with Kiva to publish the best, most delightful mobile experience in micro…

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