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 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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Sep 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


Amazing visual:
Real-time map of winds around the world.
 
Money market:
Ecuador may be set to be the first country to digitize its currency.
 
Reading corner:
5 essential reads on international development.
 
Summer's end:
One last dose of beach beauty before autumn rolls in.
 
Children are our future:...
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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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