Carly Schwartz has been dreaming of becoming a Kiva Fellow for nearly a decade, and finally decided to quit her job and take the plunge just after her 30th birthday. She's worked at The Huffington Post for the past five years, first as a front page editor, then as the founding editor of the San Francisco bureau, and most recently, as the newsroom's deputy national editor. Before that, she ran new media efforts for California Governor Jerry Brown. She lives in Brooklyn and loves biking, exploring abandoned buildings, redwood trees, live music and talking to strangers. She graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and recently returned for the career fair, where she was dismayed to learn that all the undergrads are more qualified than she is.

Fellows Blog Posts by Carly Schwartz

Oct 14, 2015 MX Mexico

It's festival season in the farming community of San Lorenzo Toxico, Ixtlahuaca, about an hour north of Mexico City. The windows of the church in the center of town brim with colorful flower arrangements. I wander around the plaza outside the main chapel, snapping photographs of the bountiful altars -- stoic crosses, ripe fruits, framed photographs -- that the residents have put together in honor of their patron saint, San Lorenzo. 
A teenage girl taps me on the elbow shyly. "No puede sacar fotos aquí," she says. You can't take photos here....
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Jul 21, 2015 GO Global Update

The smell of melting butter and baking dough wafts through the town of Tetela, a small community nestled among the sugarcane fields in Oaxaca, Mexico. Two neighborhood boys, one clutching a basketball and one walking a rusty bicycle, amble up to Miguel and Irma’s front gate, pressing their noses in the spaces between the metal. ¨Ya tienen pasteles?¨ one of them shouts excitedly. Are your pastries ready? Irma emerges from the kitchen covered in flour. She claps her hands against her apron, sending a cloud of white particles flying. ¨In about a half hour,¨ she tells the boys, who nod and... Continue Reading >>

Jul 13, 2015 MX Mexico

María Lucas at home in her embroidery studio in El Valerio.
Hortensia and I trudge up the winding dirt path toward a steep hillside dotted with tiny concrete homes. Clotheslines strung with brightly-colored skirts and shirts bake in the midday Mexican sun. A faded Coca-Cola sign instructs us to ¨¡refrescate ya!¨ for six pesos. Three turkeys strut by, gobbling hello, and a donkey quietly munches on some grass.   At the top of the hill, we reach a three-room house with a tin roof and a washing latrine out... Continue Reading >>