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

Jul 25, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Our staff's must-reads of the week:

Captain Planet recommends:
They may not be pretty, but these unusual fruits and veggies are taking a bite out of food waste
 
Stop and smell the roses:
Life is about the journey, this algorithm finds the most beautiful route across a city
 
Gadgets we can't wait for:
In the future, umbrellas tell you when it will rain
 
Brain food:...
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Jul 17, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Here's what we are reading (and occasionally obsessing about) at HQ this week:

Must read of the week:
For the price of a single Tomahawk cruise missile, it’s possible to build about 20 schools.
 
Smarties making moves:
Meet the NASA engineer who invented the Super Soaker. That's right: NASA.
 
Reliving the glory:
2014 World Cup Quiz, in case you're going through withdrawal just like us.
 
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Jul 14, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


The Kiva community helped make history on July 10 — more than 25,000 Kiva lenders sent $2.9 million to the field, helping make a difference in 56 countries!
 
$1 Million Match Day was made possible by a troupe of generous donors like Google, Grameen-Jameel and Richard Brindle, who matched loans to borrowers across Kiva and Kiva Zip. So for example, when a Kiva lender gave a $50 loan, it was matched and the Kiva borrower was $100 closer to their goal.
 
We’re so excited you created such a tremendous impact...
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May 23, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
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...
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May 14, 2014 BO Bolivia, IN India, KE Kenya, UG Uganda, US United States
It has already been 4 months since our 23rd class of Kiva Fellows left our HQ in San Francisco and headed to work directly with our partners and borrowers in the field! Over that time, they’ve shared some inspiring experiences and captured quite a few incredible snapshots. We’ve compiled some of our favorites that will help give a glimpse into what four months in the life of a Kiva Fellow really looks like.

Zach Land-Miller sees two young boys walking home from school on a...
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Apr 22, 2014 NI Nicaragua

At Kiva, we believe in treating everyday like it’s Earth Day, which is why we’re especially proud of the green loans that fund through Kiva. These green loans are for individuals and small businesses that are reducing energy expenditures, minimizing waste and pollution, recycling, or repurposing used materials.


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Mar 27, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Meet Otis. He’s a happy guy who loves helping others and has been saving up his milk bones to make a loan on Kiva. We’re going to follow along as he gets acquainted with a new feature that can help him find loans he loves!

Time to start! First things first, the Kiva Lend page. Just need to find a borrower to fund, easy as peanut butter pie. 
 
 
1,838 loans to choose from! That sure does give a dog a lot of options - how to find someone I...
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Mar 10, 2014 LB Lebanon, PH Philippines, QA Qatar
This is a guest post from Bob Harris, author, adventurer, Kiva super lender, and captain of the incredible Friends of Bob Harris lending team. His book, The International Bank of Bob, was published in March of 2013, and is now available in paperback and Kindle versions. 
 
A year ago this month, my book about my travels to meet Kiva clients all over the world was released.
 
For me, the result has included every lovely experience that you hope for as an author: strong sales, packed bookstore talks, plenty...
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Mar 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
We’re always busy making tweaks to the site to improve the user experience. This process has led to information about our updates and terms of use being scattered in different places across the site. To make it easier to find information about Kiva's programs and features, we’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect Kiva’s growth and our dedication to making our site serve our lenders’ and borrowers’ needs.
 
The biggest update to our Terms of Use is to accommodate a new charitable giving option that will facilitate our work with institutional partners....
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Mar 4, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
It’s a hectic morning. It’s pouring rain. Dishes are piled in the sink. You’re running late so you check the traffic report online, turn to throw the dishes in the dishwasher then hop in the car and flick on your windshield wipers. But what if you couldn’t? All these modern necessities (dishwasher, windshield wipers, the computer), conveniences that have wormed their way permanently into our lives, were made possible by female inventors!
 
Women make amazing things happen, every day, often without much recognition. International Women’s...
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