Volunteer Spotlight: "Kiva broadens my world"

Kiva loan applications are often not originally in English or are posted in countries where English is not the primary language.  A team of volunteers with the Review and Translation Program (RTP) edit, translate and review our loans from around the world. More than 400 volunteers from Munich to Nova Scotia dedicate their time to contribute to Kiva's work. In the past 3 months, our volunteers have reviewed more than 55,256 loans, averaging more than 18,400 per month. 

This quarter we are celebrating three of our incredible volunteers: Wendy, Barbara and Rita! All our volunteers are motivated by the opportunity to alleviate global poverty and a desire to keep their editing and translating skills sharp. We are incredibly thankful for their contribution and dedication to Kiva!

Wendy Steinhacker

Kiva Volunteer of the Month, January 2019

“Editing Kiva loans gives me a unique connection with the world.”

Location: New York
Language: English
Team: Kivaliers
Time with Kiva: 8 years, 3 months
Outstanding Contributions to Kiva: 1,252 loans reviewed in a single year and almost 881,000 lifetime words edited!

Barbara Belli

Kiva Volunteer of the Month, February 2019

“Microcredit is an incredibly good idea - with very little, you can do so much!”

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Language: French
Team: Qui Va Bien
Time with Kiva: 8 years, 8 months
Outstanding Contributions to Kiva: 321 loans in a year and 217,830 lifetime words reviewed


Rita Levitz

Kiva Volunteer of the Month, March 2019

“Kiva broadens my world.”

Location: British Columbia
Language: Spanish
Team: Los Habaneros 
Time with Kiva: 4 years, 3 months
Outstanding Contributions to Kiva: 1,118 loans reviewed in a year and 159,402 lifetime words reviewed

Want to learn more or join our amazing community of volunteer editors and translators? Click here!

About the author

Channing Fisher.

Channing first witnessed the ability of entrepreneurship to empower people while studying Spanish in Guatemala. Throughout college, she became interested in microfinance while working in business development in the Netherlands and studying the effects of tourism on Caribbean economies. After graduating from Principia College in 2018 with degrees in Political Science and Business, she began work for a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit and later found Kiva. She's passionate about communicating and sharing the work done at Kiva and elsewhere in the international development space.