Just a quick follow-up to my previous post regarding Kiva loans. I have now loaned to borrowers, given 3 credits as gift cards (happy Christmas family :) !) and the remainder as a donation to the running costs of Kiva.
The Kiva website is pretty cool because it allows you to check out stats on your loans by various criteria such as borrower country, gender or industry sector:
Kiva Loans by sector
They also provide a pretty cool developer API which exposes a REST interface to their (and your) data. You can do complex queries and even download a snapshot of their entire public data set for offline fiddling. I’m going to have to play around with d3.js + Kiva ASAP!!