Jessica Beltman

Jessica Beltman is an anthropology graduate student at San Francisco State University. Her undergraduate degree was in Visual Communications at the University of South Carolina with an emphasis on photojournalism.  For her master’s thesis, she planned and implemented an applied research project among the Maasai people of Tanzania to understand problems facing Maasai women and facilitate communication between different Maasai groups across Sub-Saharan Africa.  While there, she gained a better understanding of the effects of poverty on the individual family and would like to continue to contribute to poverty alleviation.  Therefore, she is very excited to begin working at Kiva.  In her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, reading, and photography.

Kiva Blog Updates

Jan 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ


“I really liked the way the site was constructed and level of engagement Kiva had with its lenders. I decided that it was the kind of organization that I’d like to spend more time with.”


City: Wayzata, MN
Language: English
Team: Loan Stars
Time with Kiva: 1 year, 3 months

Outstanding contributions to Kiva: Lynn, always a conscientious editor, is also a great help on the Volunteer Forum. She is quick to answer questions from other volunteers... Continue Reading >>
Jan 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

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“Seeing this poverty made me want to do something meaningful to help—not just put a band aid on the problem—but I didn’t know how. When I heard about Kiva through my translation professor, I thought it was an ideal way for me to continue developing my Spanish and make a meaningful contribution at the same time."

City: Houston, TX
Language: Spanish
Team: Los Habaneros...

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Sep 30, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

“I love to learn about the borrowers and read their stories. It's heartwarming to think Kiva is making an actual difference in their lives.” -- Renata Wolff

City: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Language: Portuguese, Spanish
Team: Latino Linguists
Time with Kiva: Two years

Outstanding contributions to Kiva:
During the two years that Renata has worked with Kiva, she has translated and reviewed over 900 loans. She is... Continue Reading >>