Kiva Teams Up with Progress, & Google to Create Better Applications

On Wednesday, software global company, Progress, announced that is working with and Google to provide mico-lending platform, Kiva, better applications between its lenders and borrowers.

Kevin O'BrienCurrently, Kiva’s community is reportedly made up of 1.4 million lenders that have crowdfund more than $2.5 million in loans per week to borrowers in 80 countries. These small dollar loans have helped nearly 2 million borrowers start and grow businesses, go to school, buy clean energy products, etc.

Kevin O’Brien, Kiva’s CTO, stated:

“Kiva was born from a simple idea–to connect people through lending–but the technology behind that promise gets complicated quickly. That’s where Telerik and Rangle come in, building mobile apps to spark connections that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. The simpler we make it to connect a lender to a borrower, the more impact we can achieve together.”

Kiva noted that it’ll be working with and Google, Progress to begin building a better mobile experience, for both iOS and Android, using NativeScript, which is an open source solution for building high performance, native mobile apps with JavaScript. The first app that Kiva is being published to the Google Playstore and Apple App store will be based on Telerik’s NativeScript and Google’s Angular 2.


Todd Anglin, chief evangelist at Telerik, a Progress company, shared:

Handshake“Technology is a means to an end. We built the NativeScript solution and integrated it with Angular RC so that the industry could take another giant step forward in mobile app development. With no-compromise performance, and native apps that easily reach iOS and Android, developers have even more time to focus on the ‘ends’ and deliver amazing experiences to users.”

Nick Van Weerdenburg, CEO of, commented:

“What we love about the NativeScript solution is native components that work and perform really well without surprises, the ability to use web development tools and workflows, the native app like performance, and the ability to develop simultaneously for both iOS and Android.”

Brad Green, engineering director on the Angular team at Google, added:

Smartphone with cloud of application icons“We specifically designed Angular 2 to help developers deliver to more platforms than just the desktop web. In this vein, we created its architecture with pluggable template engines and renderers. We worked closely with Telerik’s NativeScript team in building their native iOS and Android support to work with Angular’s core. This opens up whole new classes of applications for developers who already know Angular.”






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