Jul 26, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
By Kate Talbot
Excited about the Olympics? Join in the Kiva Games!

Kiva is proud to bring our international community together in honor of the London 2012 Olympic Games. As the games kick off today, we are launching our very own Kiva Games!

Starting now, lenders can join country lending teams and make loans in honor of their countries. Just like the Olympics, we will be rewarding gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top three teams with the most loans and new members during the Olympics, July 27 to August 12th!

Here's how it works:

1. Click here to find your country's lending team and you’ll be prompted to log into your Kiva account to finish joining the team.

2. Choose a borrower to lend to, and in your basket, select your country's lending team from the drop down menu by “Apply to lending team.”

3. Check out, then share your country lending team with your friends and encourage them to join!

Follow Kiva on Twitter to track your team's progress, or keep tabs on the lending team message boards. On August 13, we will announce the winners in a "Closing Ceremonies" blog post.

We hope you participate in the Kiva Games and make your countries proud!

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A Bay Area native, Kate received her B.A. in Communications from University of California, San Diego and most recently her MBA from University of San Francisco. She focused her MBA curriculum on Social Entrepreneurship and interned at Social Capital Markets and consulted for Hub Bay Area and Centro Community Partners. Prior to obtaining her MBA, she worked in media and public relations in San Francisco and Manhattan. Her passion for international development stems from spending a significant amount of time volunteering at the Meher Public Trust in the rural village of Ahmednagar, India. In her free time, Kate loves to take dance classes, hike in Marin, and spend time laughing with family and friends.

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