Aurora Lee

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.

Kiva Blog Updates

Oct 24, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Pancake apes?
This dad teaches his kids about primates in a creative (and mesmerizing) manner.
 

New in tech:
Hoverboards are real. Real. Sign us up.
 

Amazing feats:
Would you plant a forest to save your home? This man in India is doing just that.
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Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to know:
This Saturday is International Day of the Girl, here's why gender equality is still incredibly important.
 

Old and new:
Modern architecture blending seamlessly around historical buildings.
 

Crayola evolution:
Colorful chart depicting how diverse crayon colors have become.
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Oct 9, 2014 IN India, ID Indonesia, KE Kenya, XK Kosovo, MW Malawi

Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi

I have seen many beautiful things this week; amazing sunsets, cute children, delicious food but when I went to visit a group of villagers last week it was their 'gratitude' and sense of community that struck me as beautiful. It was something I 'felt'.
 
They had already been part of a successful dairy cow initiative and had been chosen for the new pig program between my field partner SSLLP, supported by Kiva.
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Oct 3, 2014 KH Cambodia, SV El Salvador, IN India, US United States, VN Vietnam
Vardah Malik, KF25 in Vietnam

After visiting the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum in Hanoi, a colleague and I grabbed some street food. That's vermicelli noodles, tofu and spring rolls you're seeing. Delish.

Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago, USA

Pumpkins are in! Halloween is coming! Chicago is a town that is much charming!
 
I have to say that I had a great first week. The...
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Oct 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Healthy heart:
The health benefits of rock climbing go beyond the physical.

We can change:
Indoor air pollution kills 4 million a year but there are solutions.

The one thing I saved:
Powerful photoessay from Gaza.
 

Morning...
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Sep 26, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Jet setter:
Where in the world has your iPhone 6 been?

Time vs Effort:
The mathematics of making a meal.
 

A brighter future:
Using lightbulbs to change lives.
 

Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?...
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Sep 19, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Innovation station:
These 7 healthcare innovations are saving lives.
 

Water crisis:
California is drying up before our eyes.

Sweet deal:
If you're donut lovers like us you'll love this...
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Sep 19, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Last week we welcomed our 25th Kiva Fellows class to the office for training. Fellows Week is always one of the most exciting weeks at the office and this time around proved no different. Our next class, KF25, is made up of 37 fellows and represents our most internationally diverse cohort ever, with representatives from 16 countries. Fellows Weeks is a whirlwind of activity, you can read a new fellow’s account here.
 
As they leave for their assignments in the field over the next week we wish them the best of luck – it’s an adventure of a lifetime they’...
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Sep 17, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Farmers are awesome, aren’t they? We certainly think so! That’s why we held a Flash Fund from Sept 8-12 to help fund 500 farmers’ Kiva loans. Kiva farmers come from all over the world but are united in their passion for cultivating opportunity from hard work.
 
Thanks to Kiva lenders rallying to show their support, we smashed tour goal and more than 1150 farmers’ loans were funded during Flash Fund week
 

Among the 1150 were young farmers, like Sibonisiwe in Zimbabwe, who owns a...
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Sep 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to read:
The amazing and heartbreaking untold story of the Bajau Laut.

 

A modern tyranny:
How America came to rely on the least delicious apple.

 

Progress over time:
Watch a decade of economic growth in Africa.

 

A moving perspective:...

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