Deena graduated from the University of San Francisco with a double major in Latin American Studies and Spanish and a Psychology minor in May 2015. After a short volunteer trip to Guatemala in 2013 where she worked with children in a school setting, she began to understand her passion for human rights and social justice. After a few years of crowd-funding and starting a jewelry line to help the school in Guatemala become a more efficient learning and social environment, she began to understand that there is much to learn in the world of humanitarian aid.  Her experience in Guatemala as well as her undergraduate studies led her straight to Kiva. She is eager to learn and contribute her creativity, passion and experience in marketing to this empowering organization. In her free time Deena loves reading, hiking, and exploring.

Kiva Blog Updates

Jan 11, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Each borrower has a different story to tell, and Kiva’s Review and Translation Program (RTP) connects each of them with Kiva volunteers in order to communicate their story to the rest of the world. Volunteers at RTP get to practice their editing and translating skills in 1 of 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) while helping to bring Kiva borrowers a step closer to achieving their dreams.

Today, our RTP volunteers edit and translate about 16,500 loans each month, with a total of about 21.4 million words reviewed and translated per year. This month we... Continue Reading >>
Dec 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Kiva Fellows Christina Marie and Tim Chambers

Just as the demand for organic produce has skyrocketed in recent years, so has the demand for organic beauty products. People around the world are becoming increasingly conscious of what they put in their bodies, and on their skin.

That’s great news in the eyes of many proponents of holistic, natural living, like Roberte, a Haitian naturopath who started her own skincare business out of her basement in...

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Dec 11, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
In this vast planet of ours, it can be hard to imagine that each and every one of us has our own story to tell. When a photographer named Brandon began taking picture of people throughout New York, and later all around the world, Humans of New York became an international craze. Every post consists of a photograph, a story, and an inevitable reaction from the observer. Reading about a first hand account of what it's like to be a refugee on your way to the US, sharing a funny post that made you smile, or seeing the look on someone's face while you read what their life is like after being... Continue Reading >>
Nov 13, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Not only do Kiva fellows provide support for borrowers and Field Partners all over the world, but the images they capture provide a visual connection for all of us. Over the course of their fellowships thus far, our fellows have submitted some captivating photos and we're excited to share some of them with you. This week, we're highlighting images captured throughout Latin America and Kenya.

In the rural town of Pucará in northern Peru lives Avelino, a 62-year-old coffee farmer. As our fellow in Peru Gordon Thompson puts it... Continue Reading >>
Nov 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Photo courtesy of EarthSpark International.

This post is the first of a 3 part series highlighting some of the innovative loans that the Kiva community has helped us test and scale.

There are 1.3 billion people worldwide who live without access to electricity. What does that mean exactly? It means that those 1.3 billion individuals experience limited, if any, access to clean...

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Oct 30, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva fellows are our eyes and ears out in the field and are such an integral part of the organization. As they work for the greater good, they also get to experience life in different countries and all the wonders of encountering another culture. This week our fellows taught us something about the culture of the city or country they are currently working in!

"This past Friday was the local "... Continue Reading >>
Oct 16, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

The joys of traveling are limitless, especially when your journey is for a good cause. The people you meet, the relationships formed, the new scenery, the street art, and, of course, the local cuisine are just a few things that make adventures in unfamiliar places so exciting. This week, our Kiva fellows shared...

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