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

Apr 8, 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 55,256 loans, averaging more than 18,400 per month. 

This quarter we are celebrating three of our incredible volunteers: Wendy, Barbara and Rita! All our... Continue Reading >>
Apr 3, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Here at Kiva, we love to celebrate our interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. And International Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to do just that! Halfway through the internship cycle, we sat down with a few of them to hear about their work and how their time at Kiva has impacted them. Read below to learn what it's like to be an intern at Kiva. Interested in growing with Kiva? Check out our professional development opportunities here. 

Avdeep Dhillon 

Impact Investing Team, San Francisco office ...

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Apr 1, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loans reach more than 80 countries through more than 300 Field Partners across many different sectors. From education, agriculture and retail to refugees, women and students, Kiva loans benefit many different causes.  

Kiva’s diversity of loans lets lenders feel more connected to their giving by making loans to causes that resonate most with them. Lenders engage with Kiva in many different ways, whether that’s sharing their loans on social media or joining a team of like-minded lenders. 

Sherry Strong has developed her own unique relationship...

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Mar 25, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

“There’s potential for affecting a lot of people’s lives through agriculture,” said Natalie Miller, CEO of GreenFingers Mobile. “There are 250 million small farmers in Africa, but the number of people who depend on it for their livelihoods is 6 times that - so you’re looking at a big chunk of the population of Africa!” 

She’s right - 70% of the population of Africa earns a primary living from agriculture. About 90% of that segment represents subsistence farmers, producing crops mainly to feed their families and bringing in little to no additional income. 

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Mar 21, 2019 KV Kiva HQ
“Vas a sacar una foto de mi, no? Quiero que la gente de Kiva me conozca!”

Translated, “You’re going to take a picture of me, right? I want the people of Kiva to know me!”

These are the words of Maria’s 85-year-old mother, Rosa. She was the one who encouraged Maria to take out a loan from Kiva. 

Maria, 53, and her mother Rosa, 85, laugh together.

Rosa has been involved with Kiva’s Field Partner, Foundation Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD), for over 30 years. The...

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Mar 18, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

We love learning about new places and gathering the best tips we can to share in Kiva's 'Explore your world' series. 

Bali is on many people's travel bucket lists… and for a good reason! Bali’s rich Hindu culture is unique in majority-Muslim Indonesia and the island’s breathtaking landscape does not disappoint. Whether you’re fascinated by the island’s history, entranced by adorable monkeys or infatuated with beautiful beach scenes - Bali has something for everyone. Here are the top 20 can’t-miss activities to either help you start your planning or fuel...

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Mar 13, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

We love learning about new places and gathering the best tips we can to share in Kiva's 'Explore your world' series. 

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure for your 2019 vacation without breaking the bank, check out these best-value, more-affordable destinations. 


1. Iceland
Iceland: Svartifoss Cascade. Photo by Victor Montol

Iceland’s volcano eruption in 2010 brought the tiny island nation to...

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Mar 7, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

International Women's Day is March 8, and we're so excited to celebrate our female Kiva borrowers! To celebrate the women in our lives, here are 10 empowering quotes and some photos of our awesome Kiva borrowers from all around the world. Enjoy, and click here to fund a loan to female entrepreneurs just like them. 


“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” -Kofi Annan
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Mar 4, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

"There is no correlation between income and need for childcare," said Rosa.

Access to childcare is often an obstacle to women’s success in the workplace. Lack of affordable options can mean that women have to leave the workforce and sacrifice their career to take care of their children. Thus, access to affordable childcare is one of the keys to achieving equal opportunity to stay in the workforce – across gender and class lines. 

Rosa is passionate about providing a solution to this societal problem. She grew up in Rochester, N.Y., learning from...

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Mar 4, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

“You need to start a business,” Teofila said when asked what advice she has for other women, “in order to pay all your debts on time, send your kids to college, and have money for transportation for your children.”

A talkative, vivacious lady, Teofila is a 48-year-old single mother in the Philippines with 4 kids, 2 of whom attend school. Her husband passed away a few years ago, and since then she has developed her entrepreneurial skills in order to provide for her children. Like her, many Kiva borrowers depend on multiple sources of income to make ends meet...

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