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

Aug 29, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Up and at 'em:
A pep talk from Kid President will change your perspective.
 
Bearer of good news:
John Green learns about Ethiopian baby names and their role as health indicators.
 
Tech tidbit:
Instagram announced Hyperlapse and it's a thing of beauty.
 
At the cinema:
Marty McFly's iconic puffy vest: red or orange? NPR delivers the verdict.
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Aug 22, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Too astonishing to miss:
Photo mashups of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and present-day.
 
Inspiring moment:
See how $25 is changing the world.
 
Beautiful world:
Sometimes the road less traveled is absolutely stunning.
 
Cute overload:
A Tinker Bell popsicle and the world's most exciting ginger ale.
 
The...
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Aug 15, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Here are the stories we've been emailing, tweeting and sharing around the office this week:

More prolific than Starbucks and McDonalds:
John Oliver reports on the shocking truth that 1 in 20 U.S. families has taken out a pay day loan.
 
Cutie alert:
Second day of school blues – we know that feeling, Buddy.
 
Humans of the world:
The human side of conflict as told by everyone's favorite NY photo-storyteller....
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Aug 11, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Around the Kiva office, there're a few things the whole staff gets really into: karaoke and food-related challenges are among our fervent favorites but at the top of that list is lending on Kiva. That’s right, we geek out about work in our down time – a lot. We’ve compiled our best tips on how to lend like a pro, along with some of the funny anecdotes from our adventures in lending.
 
Be a hero:
"Sort by expiring soon. Lend to the first loan in list."
 
G-E-O Geography, lend to parts...
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Aug 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
#WeBelieve:
8 tenets at the heart of Kiva
 
Time machine:
Take a trip down memory lane to when "Are you finding that the Internet is a big thing?" was an actual question.
 
Guaranteed laughs:
Clever couple finds the best way to announce their expecting.
 
The universe is amazing:
The most super super-moon ever is coming to a night sky near you.
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Aug 1, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Don't miss out on what's hot at Kiva HQ this week:
 
Guaranteed smiles:
Cacao farmers taste chocolate for the first time.
 
Food for thought:
A food artist's snack-tacular tour of Europe
 
Digital development:
Non-profit backed by Facebook brings free internet access to Zambia
 
For your toolbox:
Everything you ever needed to know...
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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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