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.

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Aug 11, 2009
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Aug 11, 2009 KV Kiva HQ

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. 

Be sure to check out their lending team and visit their website to find out more, or to...

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Aug 6, 2009 KV Kiva HQ
August has finally arrived and we all know what that means, school is right around the corner! But don’t fret; this year Kiva has you covered. While we can’t provide you with shiny new school supplies or a ride back to campus, we can offer you a variety of fun and innovative ways to bring Kiva into the...
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Jul 30, 2009

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...

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Jul 23, 2009


On July 15, 2009 avid Kiva supporters from KivaFriends.org challenged each other to break a new record. They wanted to have as many people as possible associated with “KivaFriends.org” show up under their lender avatar (profile picture) on a single loan. They chose to loan to the Esperanza 2006 group from El Alto / La Paz, Bolivia working with Pro Mujer. They were hugely successful with 85 Kiva Friends lending to the group before it was fully funded. Their previous record involved 65 participants, so this was a vast improvement!

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Jul 16, 2009

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...

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Jul 8, 2009

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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Jul 8, 2009

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.

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Jul 1, 2009

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! 

For inspiration, watch an entertaining video that one of our stellar chapters at Luther College has created about the value of a $25 loan to an entrepreneur around the world.  Learn more about Luther College and their success by...
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