Cynthia is responsible for managing Kiva's team of Portfolio Managers and Field Support Specialists in Latin America and the Caribbean, and for overseeing the regional implementation of Kiva's strategy from both a risk and social performance perspective. Cynthia has worn many hats at Kiva: she started in 2008 as a Spanish translator and Kiva Fellow, completing fellowship placements with four MFI field partners in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. She returned to Peru for another year and a half to serve as Kiva's first Field Support Specialist for South America, then moved to San Francisco to work as the Portfolio Manager for North and Central America before assuming her current position in 2012. 
Originally from Minneapolis, Cynthia has a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University. She is fluent in Spanish, conversational in Portuguese and can say "See you tomorrow!" in Quechua. 

Kiva Blog Updates

Jul 2, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
We’re thrilled to announce an innovative partnership between Kiva Labs, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and two Kiva Field Partners to evaluate the effect of product design changes on the welfare of micro-entrepreneurs and on the viability of microfinance institutions.
Through this study, Kiva aims to push the boundaries of microfinance by helping its MFI partners provide the poor with more affordable, more flexible credit. Simultaneously, IPA will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to...
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Dec 15, 2010
We are delighted to welcome Interactuar aboard as Kiva’s second Colombian field partner!

Interactuar is headquartered in Medellin and operates all over the department of Antioquia, offering loans, insurance products and a variety of other services to local microentrepreneurs. Interactuar runs loan and consulting programs specially designed for start-up businesses, low-cost professional training and certification programs in a variety of fields, food laboratories and marketing and product design services for its clients.
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Oct 25, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

Long-time Kiva Field Partner Fundación Paraguaya recently posted its first water loan as part of a pilot project called Ikatu Agua (“Ikatu” means “we can” in Guaraní, the indigenous language of Paraguay). With the support of Kiva, ...

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Aug 23, 2010 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva partner Emprender in Bolivia recently held a contest between its 13 branch offices to see who could design the best Kiva mural. The contest was intended to promote Kiva loans (which Emprender offers at a lower interest rate than its other products) and create a sense of community among Kiva borrowers. Emprender staff believe that promoting and sharing Kiva profiles will make future Kiva clients feel more comfortable getting their pictures taken in their businesses.

First prize was an all-agency dinner, and each...
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May 25, 2010 KV Kiva HQ
Note: This blog post by Kiva Fellow Kati Mayfield (KF11, Chile) was reposted from the Kiva Fellows blog.

Things have settled down in Chile – somewhat. At least once a week there’s another strong “réplica”, or aftershock, from the February 27 earthquake, that gives people jelly-legs and sets off anxiety attacks. Buildings are being gutted and have their innards strewn on the sidewalks as they await...

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Mar 2, 2010
We have received the following update from Consuelo Herreros, Social Responsibility Manager at Kiva Field Partner Fondo Esperanza, following the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27th:

“Of our 25 national offices, 60% (15 offices) are operating under completely normal conditions. Of the rest, 5 offices are operating in a state of emergency, since they lack electricity and basic services, and the remaining 5 offices (20%) are not operating because they are located in the area of the catastrophe (Regions VII and VIII).

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Feb 1, 2010
A number of concerned Kiva lenders have written in following last week's news of torrential rains and flooding in the Cusco region of Peru, where Kiva field partner Asociación Arariwa is based. The region is currently experiencing the heaviest rainfall it has seen in the past 15 years. While most of the international news coverage has focused on tourists stranded near the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, the effect on the local populations has been far more devastating.

Most houses in Cusco are built of clay and straw adobe bricks; many of these homes were destroyed or severely... Continue Reading >>
Jan 28, 2010

We are thrilled to announce the Kiva debut of Cooperativa San José, our third active field partner in Ecuador. Cooperativa San José posted their first 15 loans this morning – unfortunately, their clients are so popular that I wasn’t able to finish this blog entry before every one was 100% funded! See the already-funded loans here, and check back soon for more loans.

San José is a savings and loan cooperative with a strong social focus that works primarily in rural areas of the Ecuadorian Andes. The 45-year-old cooperative operates primarily in hard-to-reach areas of Bolivar... Continue Reading >>