Chelsa was part of the founding team at Kiva in 2005 and was responsible early on for establishing Kiva's global Microfinance Partnerships program where she managed a great deal of relationships with Kiva's Field Partners, primarily in Africa, and oversaw Kiva's Microfinance Operations programs; Inventory Management and Kiva's expansive Fellows Program. Chelsa is currently responsible for leading Kiva's Marketing and Community teams, which includes Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Content Management, Community Engagement and Support. Prior to Kiva, Chelsa was a Corporate Recruiter and Immigration Specialist with Barclays Global Investors. She returned to the U.S. following a period of extensive world travel and work abroad; including Social Work with HIV-positive children in South Africa and tsunami relief efforts in Thailand and Indonesia. Chelsa received her B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University, and has completed certifications in Social Performance Management, Framework for Reporting/Analysis/Monitoring/ Evaluation (FRAME), Behavioral Interviewing/Talent Selection, Risk Management Strategies, and Human Resources Management.

Kiva Blog Updates

Jun 21, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
This week, I'm visiting Kiva partners in Colombia with my dad. It's the first time in my 10 years at Kiva that I've been able to take my dad to visit Kiva borrowers in the field. He's been my biggest cheerleader, believed in our dream before many others did and was also one of Kiva's first donors in 2005!
Dad and me visiting Kiva partner Interactuar in Colombia this week 

It's been an amazing trip. So in the spirit of those celebrating Father's Day in more than 75 countries around the world this weekend, I wanted to share the story... Continue Reading >>
Aug 3, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Thank you.

We at Kiva have been so humbled by the community's response to our Free Trial Loan program!

Just Monday morning, we asked our members to spread the word about microlending. So many of you did just that, and a huge number of invites were sent over email, Facebook and Twitter. In less than a day, 4,000 free trial loans were made by new members on Kiva!

We were blown away by such an incredible response, and amazed by how quickly all the free trials disappeared. We... Continue Reading >>
Jul 6, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Come meet the Kiva community!

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Jun 4, 2010 KV Kiva HQ
This blog post was written by Kathy Guis, Field Support Specialist, Francophone Africa.

Training a new Kiva partner’s staff is always exciting, but working with the staff at HOPE Congo, S.A., Kiva’s first partner in the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, has been especially rewarding. This is not only because HOPE Congo has a dedicated, bright, and energetic staff, but because HOPE Congo is a brand-new microfinance organization.

Normally, Kiva...

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Jun 2, 2010

Thanks to the support of our lenders, funders and Field Partners, Kiva continues to grow. If you want to be part of the Kiva team and help us in our mission to alleviate poverty through lending, then consider applying for one of the open positions at Kiva here.

Already have a job? Are you in school? Maybe you want to help out on the side? Kiva relies on hundreds of volunteers to help us fulfill our mission. Learn more about our open volunteer...

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Feb 24, 2010
Just Awesome! The Board Game Store, part of the original Kiva US launch, has had a very busy and exciting first year growing their business from the ground up, and now they are looking for a...
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Jan 25, 2010

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Kiva wants to know what you think it can do to improve the lending experience for our users. We...
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Jan 14, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Tell us what you think of lending on Kiva!
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Dec 21, 2009

Congratulations to everyone who placed in the Kiva Instructional Video Competition hosted by Tongal! We were very impressed with the entries and had our work cut out for us last week when we sat down to judge over...

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