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

Sep 7, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Once again, we’ve welcomed our new fellow trainees to our headquarters in San Francisco to train them up on all things Kiva before their 6 month fellowships with our field partners. This fellows class is 18 strong and will be working with 36 field partners across 20 countries. The week was filled with early morning training sessions (fueled by coffee), afternoon lunches catered by local Kiva US borrowers and plenty of mock-borrower verifications to get a feel for the challenges they’ll undoubtedly face in the field.
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Jul 22, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Clean energy: We need to reach sustainability and Elon Musk has a plan.

Music for your soul: A cellist copes with tragedy the...
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May 31, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Like clockwork, they came, they caffeinated, they learned everything they possible could about microfinance. Last week, Kiva welcomed 14 new fellows to our San Francisco office for a week-long training with our staff. With the advent of our new Small Business Advisor Program, we’ve phased out our US-based fellowships leaving a purely international (and slightly smaller!) class. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at training week.
Answer: A tricky trivia game for fellows. What is Kiva Jeopardy?

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May 20, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Edible solutions: New six-pack rings that feed, not threaten, marine life.

Shattered records: Human trafficking survivor brings a world record, and message, to Washington DC.

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Apr 15, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Buzz worthy: 11-year old's lemonade helps save bees.
Closing the information gap: M-Farm shares important market information with farmers to make better decisions.

A great escape: Inky the octopus's quest for freedom.
Hear that?: This is...
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Apr 1, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Eat up: Edible eating utensils make meals 0% waste.

Simple math: If 100 people lived on Earth.
What's next?: Is microfinance the next step in financial inclusion?
Say what?: How different languages impact your world view.
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Feb 26, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Truth tellers: How did countries rank in corruption in 2015?
When farmers rule the world: New UN report says small-scale organic farming is how to feed the world.
Beginners guide: How to really use Facebook's new emojis.
No 'I' in...
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Feb 12, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
A different take: Using farming in Kenya to improve HIV outcomes.

Beep beep!: Financial literacy on wheels.
For the kids: This year, the first TB drug specifically for children will be available.
Evolution: Look how much as changed in 35...
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Feb 3, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Hold onto your hats, Kiva just trained our 29th fellows class last week. Eighteen fellows came to town (San Francisco!) and joined us at our headquarters for a week of intense training before embarking on their assignments. We might be located in the United States but our fellows come from all over the world and this class was no different with 11 nationalities represented amongst them. This is one of the liveliest times of year in our office and we can’t help but share a few of our favorite behind-the-scenes photos. 
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Jan 29, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Data head: Half the world's population lives in the yellow, half in the black.

Changing places: 1 in every 122 people is a refugee, internally displaced or asylum-seeking.

Like magic: This water bottle creates water from thin air.

Green news: Turning windmills on their heads...
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