Chelsa has been with Kiva from the beginning and was responsible for establishing Kiva's 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 growing and further engaging Kiva's community through three channels: Kiva Lending Teams, Social Networks, and Events. 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
One sunny day this July we had the pleasure of welcoming the Lending Team Captains of Kakbank (Swedish for “Cookie Bank”) into our San Francisco Office! Peter and his team members meet up once a month at over 14 different locations, mostly in Sweden, to share cookies and Kiva loans! While enjoying their favorite treats, group members pool together their money and decide as a team which entrepreneurs to support through Kiva loans.
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Calling all Kivans in the UK!
The Go Game Event in SF was such a success that we’ve decided to host a similar event in a secret location near Leicester Square in...
Over 200 people came out for the Kiva Cup in Paris on June 27th! We had volunteers from both Kiva Friends and the Kiva France Lending Team. The event was hosted by Les Condors 2000 and was considered such a success that the organizers have already reserved an even larger stadium in France for next year’s Kiva Cup! A huge congratulations goes out to the lead organizers for hosting such a...Continue Reading >>
On Saturday, June 27th, Atlanta Kiva Lenders lending team proudly gathered for a picnic in a local park. In celebration of being one of the largest domestic “local area” lending teams on Kiva, dedicated Kiva lovers came together to socialize and set outreach goals for the future. The group had a raffle presenting the winner with a Kiva gift certificate and a special guest also joined them! Team captain, Liliane, wrote to us and explained:
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At their Feb 6th event, Ripple, Philanthro Productions SF raised over $9,000 for Kiva entrepreneurs and we are proud to announce that all of the money has now been loaned out! Check out Philanthro's Lending Team page to track their progress.
And for those who are not yet familiar, Philanthro Productions is a non-profit organization creating unique opportunities for young adults to engage in charitable giving. We look forward to hosting more events with Philanthro in the future! To learn more, see here.
Calling all university students, professors and alumni! Boost school spirit and support for Kiva by checking out our Campus Kiva website, and keep your eyes peeled for a new and improved version set to come out later this summer. Search for your school or alma mater, join the team, and stay connected through the power of microlending!