Alison is a native of the Bay Area and spent the last four years living in the Pacific Northwest where she studied Psychology. During her junior year she studied abroad in Florence, Italy where she discovered her love for travel and culture and volunteered at a local elementary school as an English teacher assistant. During her senior year, Alison worked as a research assistant at the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University where she worked on several studies focusing on daily sleep patterns and performance. She wishes to bring her academic research skills and her interest in global development to the nonprofit setting and is so excited to begin her Partnerships Marketing internship with Kiva. In her free time, Alison loves reading, watching movies and Netflix, eating delicious food and drinking wine, hiking, spending time with her friends, and running.

Kiva Blog Updates

Sep 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ


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Kepler is a non-profit higher education program that brings together innovations in learning and technology. ... Continue Reading >>
Aug 25, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Reporting and photos by Tess Murphy



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Aug 12, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva headquarters was buzzing with the voices of middle school students on a Friday in July. The students received a tour of the office and Kiva U’s Jessica Hansen gave students an introduction to Kiva. The students learned some of the ins and outs of the microfinance

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Jul 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
The Specific Union for Farmer Women (SUFW)

Who are they?
The Specific Union for Farmer Women is a non-governmental organization established to raise awareness of the social issues facing rural women in Jordan. They target rural parts of Jordan, offering training programs as well as loan products to foster financial independence and education. They offer both education and business loans. 

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Jul 14, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This borrower from Vietnam is part of a group loan used for cultivating rice and vegetables, as captured by Kari Derenzi.

Carly Schwartz took this photo of Miguel finishing up some baked goods that he... Continue Reading >>
Jun 16, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva U’s very first video game is live! The interactive game can be played for free, online, with the goal of enabling younger audiences to learn more about microfinance. It helps middle school and high school students understand the microfinance lending cycle, the difference between loans and donations, and more about the main loan uses of Kiva borrowers.

It’s the latest project from Kiva U, which brings together over 69,000 students and teachers in a community where they can access tools and resources to...

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Jun 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva Fellows have been hard at work these past few months! From India to Tanzania, they have captured some amazing photos of borrowers.

Fellow Natalie Russell captured this photo of Celina, who sells small dry fish in Tanzania.

Claire Eggers, a fellow in India, took this inspiring photo of Ganesh on his mushroom farm.

A woman in Zimbabwe uses Kiva loans to support her clothing store, where Alan Mathers shot this photo. 

Eric Brandt (former fellow, current Kiva...

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