As the Kiva Fellows Program Associate, Emily is responsible for training week operations and supporting Fellows from recruitment to post fellowship evaluation. After interning with KFP in 2013, Emily spent a year launching operations in Senegal for myAgro, a Kiva partner in West Africa. While in Senegal, Emily managed the first national expansion of the program, designed the training program for new field staff and worked on rural marketing strategy. Emily has also interned at Net Impact, helping to plan their annual conferences in 2012 and 2013. She has experience working with a refugee-centered microfinance institution in Sacramento, CA, and with Taproot Foundation. She graduated from the University of California: Davis with BAs in Sociology and French and also studied at l’Université de Bordeaux in 2011. A Bay Area native, Emily is an avid skier and runner who one day hopes to regain her title as the San Jose Sharks “Fan of the Game.”

Kiva Blog Updates

Sep 12, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
This post was authored by both Jen Terry and Emily Mertens, incredible interns with the Kiva Fellows Program.

There's a spark that runs through the office during the Kiva Fellows Program training week. You can’t help but feel it when you walk through the door. Last week was no different when the 22nd class of Kiva Fellows (KF22) came to San Francisco to learn all things Kiva and prepare for their challenging assignments. They brought with them (and left behind) a lasting enthusiasm for this impactful work before scattering to 25 different countries on 5... Continue Reading >>