Jada Tullos Anderson

Jada firmly believes the best way to help others is to allow them to help themselves. Growing up in the Texas Pineywoods with a family of hobby farmers and raising animals for 4-H gave Jada a love for agriculture and the environment. After graduating from Texas A&M, she worked for John Deere and then volunteered and worked with the Red Cross where she was privileged to help those affected by events like the 2001 terrorist attacks. Wanting to learn even more about the natural world, she worked as an environmental scientist and earned a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke, focusing on energy. She’s excited to work with a well-established group like KADET in Nairobi where she hopes to apply her analytical mind to finding efficiencies in their processes and explore local farming and off-grid energy. Jada is grateful to her husband, family and friends for their unending encouragement and enthusiasm.

Fellows Blog Posts by Jada Tullos Anderson

Jun 15, 2013 KE Kenya, MN Mongolia, PY Paraguay

There are many qualities of life that are universal, and one of those is the love of a father. Many Kiva borrowers take their loans not to earn money that directly benefits them, but that will directly benefit their children. They are infinitely proud of their little ones and take the greatest pleasure in seeing them suceed. Profits (and some loans) often are spent on more nutritious food or to pay school fees for their children. Providing the stepping stones for success built on a foundation of love is one of their greatest accomplisments. We hope you enjoy these photos from the field of... Continue Reading >>


May 27, 2013 AZ Azerbaijan, CL Chile, GT Guatemala, KE Kenya, RW Rwanda

Kiva works with over 193 Field Partners in 68 different countries. As Kiva Fellows, we have the privilege of working directly with these partners in their offices.  You can bet that the definition of "office" ranges pretty wildly across the globe, from cubicle hell to patios with mountain views.  We wanted to open the door (no pun intended) to our offices  and work lives to show you what they are like--the good, the bad, and the "that's interesting". Why not make a loan right now through one of these fantastic partners?... Continue Reading >>


May 11, 2013 AZ Azerbaijan, EC Ecuador, GO Global Update, GT Guatemala, KE Kenya

We've collected a few of our favorite (and cutest) photos of mothers, grandmothers and their children from the circle of Kiva borrowers around the world.  We hope that you make a this a special day to remember your mothers and any other women who cared for you like a mother!    P.S. A Kiva Card makes a great last-minute gift!
Mother and daughter CAURIE borrowers, Fautou and Sylla in Senegal. Fatou took her last loan to help her son open a small shop.
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May 4, 2013 GO Global Update

Rainbow seen from Matatu near Mwingi town
When you are looking at the Kiva website, you might occasionally wonder: “Is that a real person and are they really getting a loan for what they’re saying?” How does Kiva make sure their partners are doing what they claim to be doing?  They send out over-qualified but eager volunteers who ride hundreds of hours on public transportation, drink countless cups of tea, and meet a randomly chosen sample of the borrowers you see on kiva.org.... Continue Reading >>


Mar 31, 2013 KE Kenya

Kiva borrowers, their bikes, and their loan officer, Carol, are ready to roll in Kenya. How did you get to work this morning?  How will you get home tonight?  How will you travel to see your family and friends this weekend?  What was your answer? Most of us probably answer with a combination of car, plane, subway, train, bus, bicycle, or on foot.  I’m sure there are a few interesting commutes involving horse rides and boats, but most of us come and go on a somewhat predetermined schedule on cars, trains and buses.  Not so much in Kenya.... Continue Reading >>


Mar 1, 2013 KE Kenya

Mary, far left, with the Sisal Sisters borrower group in Kakuyuni, near Tala, Kenya The second day I was in Kenya I had the good fortune to spend the day with KADET staff profiling the top loan officer at the agency, Mary Ngenya, who works in the Tala region.  Mary is considered THE BEST of approximately 80 loan officers in the entire organization which has offices all over Kenya; she manages one of the largest loan portfolios in the organization and in the six years since she’s been with KADET, her portfolio has consistently had the fewest loans at risk...

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