Channing first witnessed the ability of entrepreneurship to empower people while studying Spanish in Guatemala. Throughout college, she became interested in microfinance while working in business development in the Netherlands and studying the effects of tourism on Caribbean economies. After graduating from Principia College in 2018 with degrees in Political Science and Business, she began work for a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit and later found Kiva. She's passionate about communicating and sharing the work done at Kiva and elsewhere in the international development space. 

Kiva Blog Updates

Aug 22, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

You may have noticed - Kiva's been evolving a lot lately. We're making some big moves, from recent product launches on to the announcement of our cooperation with the UN and the government of Sierra Leone to develop new block-chain based decentralized identification systems in Africa.

Kiva's 10+ years of experience in microfinance has given us unique expertise with and a deep understanding of obstacles to global financial inclusion. We often tell you about the exciting future of Kiva, but it's impossible to share all our experience in a single social media...

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Aug 11, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

How much money do you spend on monthly subscriptions? Think about music, movies and TV, but also fitness, news and even shaving materials. A recent survey showed that American adults spend an average of $237.33 a month on subscription services.

That’s a ton! Before you think about canceling some of your subscriptions, think about how impactful it would be to lend just $25 each month to Kiva borrowers. 

Even this good boy can make a difference in the world from his couch. Photo by Paolo...
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Aug 6, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loan applications are often not originally in English or are posted in countries where English is not the primary language.  A team of volunteers with the Review and Translation Program (RTP) edit, translate, and review our loans from around the world. More than 400 volunteers from Munich to Nova Scotia dedicate their time to contribute to Kiva's work. In the past 3 months, our volunteers have reviewed more than 37,187 loans.

This quarter we are celebrating three of our incredible volunteers: JoEllen, Joann, Dara and Susan! All our volunteers are motivated by the...

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Jul 31, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

With your support, Kiva has built one of the most impactful investment portfolios on the planet! To date we have deployed $1.3 billion in loans to 2.6 million people globally. This funding has changed the lives of individuals, their families and the communities in which they live in ways they never thought possible. It has enabled single parents to build their businesses, women to achieve higher education, refugees to rebuild their lives in new communities, smallholder farmers to invest in their crops, and so much more. 

Facilitating finance in communities that need...

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Jul 31, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

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Jul 8, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva employees are passionate, bold and curious - and so are our lenders like you! If you're looking for some great book recommendations, you've come to the right place. We've asked Kiva employees from all different departments to share their favorite reads. Bring any or all of these great reads to the beach or pool with you this summer! Happy reading!


The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty by Clayton Christensen

Ian Davis, Corporate Counsel: "Well-known for his research on innovation, Christensen applies his...

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Jul 6, 2019 KV Kiva HQ
At 22 years old, Tinatin has a very full life. She’s in her 4th year of her journalism degree and has a husband and a baby to look after. 

“Georgians desire to develop themselves through education,” Tinatin says, “and an intelligent, educated youth will be better able to represent Georgia to the world.”

Tinatin is one of these youth - 4 years ago, she chose to pursue a degree in journalism at Davit Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia. However, her family struggled to pay back the high-interest loan that her father used to finance her first 2 years... Continue Reading >>
Jul 2, 2019 ID Indonesia

It feels like everyone went to Bali, Indonesia last year, right? Well, so did Kyle, but he’s a little different. He first went to Bali in 2004 and his experience there changed his life. 

Kyle Parsons grew up in New Hampshire in the United States. Throughout college, he developed both a keen eye for fashion and an interest in recycling and environmental issues. After school, he spent 5 years working in fashion, athletic and apparel sales. 

That’s where his Bali trip comes in. While he was there, Kyle bought a pair of locally-crafted sandals made...

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Jun 26, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

What Tsiala Mamonova is truly passionate about is her clothing business. However, when her mother fell ill, Tsiala had to shut down the business in order to take care of her. Once her mother recovered, Tsiala did not have sufficient funds to restart her business. Instead of returning to her passion, she went to work at a grocery store. 

Tsiala proudly poses at her home with product from her clothing business.

Without access to finance, Tsiala’s story may have ended there. In...

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Jun 25, 2019 US United States

Scott and Emily didn’t go to business school, nor do they have a formal business background. But they are resourceful, entrepreneurial and passionate. With support from their community, they’ve built 2 small businesses in Oakland, California. 

The couple met and fell in love while working at a large restaurant in San Francisco. “When we got married, we wanted a quality of life where we could have dinner at home together instead of dinner at work or seeing each other for 15 minutes on the shift change,” Scott explains. That’s when...

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