Chelsa Bocci

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

Oct 7, 2009


The first Kiva Lending Team to reach $1,000,000 in loans is the Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and the Non-Religious!

The team consists of almost 6,000 Kiva Lenders and together they have made 32,946 loans totaling
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Oct 6, 2009
Come join Boston's first awareness event for Kiva on October 15, 5-9pm at Jose McIntyre's upstairs (160 Milk Street).  This event is open to all Kiva lenders and anyone who is interested in learning more.  We plan to get together, learn about Kiva, and have fun with the entertainment of Boston's hot DJ Mandiezel!

No donations or cover will be collected at the event - it's really all about having a good time and lending to Kiva...
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Oct 2, 2009
It's time to CELEBRATE!!

This year, Kiva’s 4th Birthday (officially on October 12) falls near a major milestone—the organization is close to facilitating over 100 million dollars in microloans to small business entrepreneurs around the globe!

In San Francisco we'll be celebrating this event by co-hosting a party
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Sep 29, 2009
Every year, Sabre Holdings/Travelocity hosts a global Give Together week to encourage employees to be a force of positive change in the communities where they live and work.  Since its inception in 2000, the Give Together program has raised $12 million USD through employee contributions, fundraisers, and corporate matching.  Sabre offices all over the world will host a variety of activities and...
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Sep 29, 2009

Over the last year we have all been hearing about the impact of the recession around the globe.  It does not just affect big retailers and multinational corporations, but also small retailers working with producer communities and artisans.  Some of these retailers are cancelling orders, resulting in an inventory build up for many fair trade producer groups.  Last year, our friends Priya Haji and Robert Chatwani launched, an online, ...

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Sep 14, 2009
Right now, we are busily preparing for our ninth class of Kiva Fellows who will arrive next week to be trained prior to being dispatched to the field.  One of the highlights of training week for all members of the Kiva... Continue Reading >>
Sep 4, 2009
The third and final day of SOCAP09 was considered the highlight of the three day conference, with participant-led Open Space sessions.  Over 800 attendees were impressed with the SOCAP team as they convened the right people: top practitioners, investors, and entrepreneurs, along with the new, young grass roots start ups and people with ideas who want to make a difference.  They asked us what projects and topics we wanted to speak more about and then invited us to post these hour-long sessions on the wall for attendees to consider.

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Sep 4, 2009
For those of you in the Miami area, come join us for a special event!  

Dorian Gregory, the Clevelander South Beach, and other surprise celebs are proud to host a fundraiser called "Clevelander for Kiva."  Also sponsoring the event is Kiva's Field Partner, Accion USA. 

The event will begin at 1pm tomorrow, Saturday, September 5th, and will last until the wee hours.  A private VIP reception will be held on the C-Level rooftop terrace.  All are welcome to join in the fun, so please share this announcement with any...
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Aug 31, 2009

Thanks to, Kiva will have a presence at SOCAP09 this week and we’re thrilled about the opportunity!

Kiva is proudly partnering with both...

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Aug 25, 2009
Kiva's most recent Go Game event in London was a huge success!  I spoke with Kieran Ball, a former Kiva Fellow, and here's what he had to say: 

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