iKiva for Kiva.org
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iKiva is an iOS client for www.kiva.org.
Please note that iKiva is developed by Vijay Kiran (www.vijaykiran.com) for ThoughtVine (www.thoughtvine.co.in) and is not supported or endorsed by Kiva.
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. To know more about how Kiva works please goto www.kiva.org
• Browse and find loans using filters.
• View details a detailed description of the loans, location and repayment terms.
• Search for loans using different criteria like geographic region, status etc.
• Check your portfolio and loans' status.
• View top lending communities of Kiva and their details.
• Add loans to your basket and checkout using Kiva Website.
• Select your loan amount and pre-configured donation amount to Kiva before checking out.
When you checkout your basket, Kiva.org website will be opened to complete the lending action.
Kiva.org doesn't provide the remaining credit details and ability to directly lend using their API. So iKiva can't get your available credit or loan transaction details. As soon as Kiva provides API methods to retrieve that information, we'll be happy to update the app and show all the info.
How to Access Your Account
I believe this is why some users are having problems accessing their Kiva accounts -- the first screen asks for your "Lender ID." This is not the ID you use to log in to the Kiva website; nor is it your Kiva screen name.
If you touch the ? (to the right and slightly above the login field) you 'll get a brief explanation and a Safari link to the Kiva website. After you log in to your account on the website, your "Lender ID" displays. You can select and copy your ID, then go back to the iKiva app and paste it in the "Lender ID" field. You now have access to your portfolio, groups, etc.
I haven't had the app long enough to evaluate all the features, but from my first brief look, it will make it easier to help others succeed.
Great cause, poor app
Kiva's app pages don't fit in my iPhone screen and there's no scroll bar to move back & forth. Also never had to "log in" it just sought out my Facebook - which is fine, I guess, just not how I prefer to access an app. Finally, I had a few dollars left over that I was going to donate to Kiva's operating costs, but there was no selection for that. Thankfully I'd kept my email and made my loan that way, still wouldn't take my odd-amount donation. C'mon, Kiva's, that's how 501(c)3s stay afloat! Please continue to work on your app, much more likely to continue loaning funds this way, as I detest email.
Beautiful, easy to use... It's Kiva in your pocket.
I know Vijay has been working on this for a while, and it was with every minute of the wait! A beautiful, clean interface for browsing loans, basket checkout, and even tools to monitor your teams or portfolio (if public)!
This app is at least as enjoyable as the Kiva website and by far the best experience for using Kiva on mobile. Bravo ThoughtVine!!!