May 23, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
By Aurora Lee
Meet KF24!
It’s been a whirlwind week here in the office as we welcomed our 24th class of Kiva Fellows to HQ. They converged from eight countries for five days of intensive training with our staff before they head out to work directly with our field partners later next week. 
 
Kiva relies on the efforts of tremendous volunteers, including our fellows, to ensure our lenders’ capital gets to the people who need it to improve their business, families and communities. 
 
During their fellowship, Kiva Fellows help set up and support our microfinance partners and meet with Kiva borrowers at their homes and businesses. Kiva Zip Fellows in the U.S. and Kenya will be expanding our growing trustee network and will be vital in helping scale our direct, person-to-person lending platform, Kiva Zip.
 
Here’s a look at the fun we’ve had this week:

Kiva President Premal Shah addresses our new fellows who are about to embark on a life-changing experience.

Fellows week is filled with intensive training where fellows are given a crash course in all things Kiva.

Which means a lot of reading.

And a lot of meetings.

Luckily our fellows are still all-smiles on Day 5!

We can’t wait to share the incredible work they’ll be doing over the next four months. You can get updates of their adventures at the Fellows Blog and be sure to keep any eye out for anything tagged #KF24 on our Twitter and Instagram!


 

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Aurora hails from New England and has a background in communications, systems management and economic development. She first realized her passion for nonprofits leveraging social media while working in web communications at MSF. She is incredibly excited to join the content team at Kiva and explore the juncture of technology and international development more thoroughly. She spent nearly a year working in Tanzania with students and was lucky enough to witness the spirit of small-scale entrepreneurship and how it impacts communities firsthand. She holds a BA from Princeton University where she concentrated in politics and was a member of the varsity swimming and diving team. Aurora is a long-suffering, occasionally jubilant, Arsenal fan and copes with being dog-less by volunteering at the SF SPCA.

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