2014 was another exciting year of growth and innovation worth celebrating for Kiva. Together, with our lenders and partners, we put more than $139 million to work in the hands of Kiva borrowers. We expanded our reach into new geographies, and marked new frontiers for microcredit through our Kiva Labs program.
In the U.S., Kiva Zip continued to spark “lend local” movements across the country, with new Kiva City launches in Pittsburgh, Louisville and Philadelphia. Now more than 11 cities are official Kiva Cities.
Through our Kiva U program, and with the help of partners like Citi, more than 65,000 students and educators used Kiva and microfinance as learning tools in the classroom that inspire students to move seamlessly from awareness to action.
In partnership with the HP Co. Foundation, Kiva set a new paradigm for employee engagement -- with over 130,000 HP employees lending more than $6 million to Kiva borrowers within the year.
Through Kiva Labs, we enabled innovations on the ground including flexible loans for farmers and the financing of income generating assets ranging from cows and trees, to biodigesters and solar lanterns.
These achievements are not just ours to celebrate. They are yours. Thank you!