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

Jun 11, 2019 LB Lebanon

Dima and her husband were forced to leave their home when she was pregnant. After she delivered her son, they were forced to flee again, each carrying one of their children. This time they left their home country of Syria for Lebanon to seek safety. 

In Syria, Dima's husband had a good job. In Lebanon, Dima had to get a job...

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Jun 5, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Original video by Joseph Schlabs. See more of his work here.

Wahab and his family fled their home in Iraq back in 1991, seeking refuge in various countries in the Middle East for 13 years. Sometimes his family was separated for weeks, months or years at a time. When they finally moved back to Iraq, the United States...

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Jun 3, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

“The people who were celebrating our marriage are the people who have loved us well over the years – caring, supporting, investing in our lives in some way,” Drew and Allie realized while planning their wedding. “We wanted to take that gift of love and support and pay it forward.”

The couple wanted a meaningful way to truly thank their guests for their love and support. So instead of handing out candy or knick-knacks as wedding favors, the couple funded loans on in honor of their wedding guests.


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May 28, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

How does Kiva know who needs a loan? How does the money actually reach them? What is a Field Partner? These are questions we get a lot! To get a clearer view of how Kiva works, here's a bit about the Field Partners we work with. 

What's a Field Partner? Kiva works with more than 330 local organizations worldwide to distribute loans. These are our Field Partners on the ground, meeting borrowers and delivering your loans. When you lend to most borrowers on, the funds go to Kiva’s Field Partners, who are responsible for...

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May 23, 2019 RW Rwanda

In 2017, Jacqueline was forced to flee her home in Burundi and start a new life in Rwanda. At first, she struggled to put food on the table and provide for her 3 children. 

But Jacqueline is hardworking, honest and entrepreneurial. She started a soap manufacturing business with the help of a Kiva loan and changed her own life. Today, Jacqueline employs several... Continue Reading >>
May 22, 2019 UG Uganda

Think about the cup of coffee you drank this morning. If you don’t drink coffee, think about the millions of cups of coffee that get consumed each morning. Do you know where those coffee beans were grown? 

Usually countries like Colombia, Ethiopia or Indonesia come to mind. But not many people realize that Uganda is the world’s 8th largest producer of coffee. The coffee industry is a main part of the Ugandan economy and employs a large portion of the population. 


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May 20, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loves to celebrate its interns and the meaningful work that they accomplish every day. Now past their mid-internship point, 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 hear how Kiva interns are working to become the next generation of social innovators. 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. 

Mia Orans

Community Support Team, San Francisco office


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May 13, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva loans are sent to 80 countries around the world, but for our 100+ employees in our US offices, sometimes our impact can feel distant from daily office life. Last week, one of our employees in our Bangkok, Thailand office shared an especially touching experience with the entire Kiva organization. It reminded all of us of the reasons we come to work every single day. We thought we’d share it with you, too. Mark McDonagh, our Asia Pacific Investment Manager, tells the following story about his visit with a Kiva borrower in Indonesia. 


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May 8, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

Kiva’s website features lots of beautiful photos of our borrowers around the world - but have you ever thought about the person behind the lens? There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to keep Kiva running. Many of the professional photos you see on Kiva’s website, social media and email communications are taken by Brandon Smith - the man of many hats! 

Brandon Smith is Kiva's Product Manager in the San Francisco office

After studying photojournalism, Brandon interned with Kiva and...

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May 7, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

After growing up in Togo in a family with 9 children, Ayaovi began work in travel sales and real estate. However, he longed for a way to become a bigger part of his local community, so he started devoting his evenings and weekends to starting a fish business. 

It all started with 1 icebox and a single ring burner stove, along with the knowledge Ayaovi gleaned from his mother, who had also sold fish in their community. She had taught all her children about her business as they grew up. 

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