Dec 20, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
By Talea Miller
2017 year in review: In uncertain times, strangers lighting up lives

For just a moment, try to ignore those news alerts on your phone. Take a deep breath and join us in the Kiva universe–a kind and compassionate corner of the internet (some may say parallel dimension) where people help each other improve their lives, every day. Here in the Kiva universe millions of people carry out small acts of kindness all the time.

This year, those small acts made something incredible possible. Kiva lenders crossed the milestone of more than $1 billion in loans to Kiva borrowers around the world.

That number is significant not just because it’s a huge amount of money mobilized for people who are financially excluded– it represents people reaching out to connect, improve their world and make a difference in the lives of others.

It was a tremendous year at Kiva even beyond the $1 billion milestone: we welcomed our new CEO Neville Crawley, broke records supporting women-owned businesses, and continued to create innovative loans for underserved populations and for social enterprises creating jobs in their communities.
 
But let’s go beyond the numbers and take a look back at 2017 by focusing on the people, who make it all possible: borrowers, lenders, funders, Field Partners, volunteers and staff all working to light up the lives of others.

To view their stories from 2017, continue reading on our Medium page here

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Talea is excited to combine her love for powerful storytelling and her digital strategy experience. She comes to Kiva from the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she managed digital strategy for the foundation's consumer-focused PSA campaigns. Prior to that she was a reporter and producer at the PBS NewsHour for five years. At the NewsHour she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the developing world as part of the program's global health unit, covering a wide range of stories including the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, doctor shortages in Tanzania and the mistreatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia. In addition to being a news junkie, Talea enjoys photography, hiking and attempting to paint. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism and is originally from Maryland. So she also knows a lot about horses.

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