Jan 17, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
By Emily Wakefield
Apply to be a Kiva Fellow by January 27!
Want to see the world and do good?


Since 2007, Kiva has sent over 400 Kiva Fellows to more than 60 countries around the world to work directly with our Field Partners and witness the power of microfinance firsthand. Kiva Fellows play an integral part in Kiva’s operations, as they build key relationships with our partners, develop sustainable practices, and share their experiences with the Kiva community.



The Kiva Fellowship is a 4 to 12 month volunteer position, and is designed to further Kiva’s mission as well as provide fellows with a unique and invaluable personal experience.

Abhishesh is currently serving as a Kiva Fellow in Kyrgyzstan where he’s found a strong enthusiasm for starting small businesses. Abhishesh recently attended Kyrgyzstan’s first ever “Startup Weekend” event, where he gave a presentation about Kiva and entrepreneurship to about 80 young entrepreneurs and many more investors and influential members of Kyrgyz society. 

Abhishesh presenting at Startup Weekend in Bishek.

Another current fellow, Anna, is serving in the capital city of Senegal and decided to personally explore the relationship between microfinance and fertility rates in the region. Anna coordinated several informal discussion groups with local women where she was able to get a better understanding of the issue from their perspective.

Anna leading an outdoor discussion group.

Ranging from 21 to 60 years old, past Kiva Fellows have come from all places and backgrounds. You can browse through the bios of past fellows to learn more about them or click here to read more of their interesting stories.

Applications for the next class of Kiva Fellows must be submitted by Sunday, January 27, 2013. We encourage you to get started today!

If you have any questions, send them our way at fellows@kiva.org.

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A native of southern California, Emily is a recent graduate from Santa Clara University where she studied Economics and Spanish Studies. The highlight of her college experience was the semester she spent abroad in Granada, Spain. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in economic development after reading Half the Sky. Emily will be joining the Marketing and Communications team as a Blog and Social Media Intern and is especially excited to find new and creative ways to spread Kiva’s work to more people. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to country music, and re-watching Friends episodes for the millionth time. 

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