Jonathan Bloom

As the Field Support Specialist for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, Jon is responsible for training new field partners in the region, and supporting existing partners in their Kiva operations to ensure a successful collaboration. Prior to joining Kiva as an FSS, Jon interned at Kiva with both the Community Outreach and Social Performance Teams. His passion for international development began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama, working in the field of environmental conservation while living on an indigenous reservation. He began his career in microfinance as a graduate intern in Chile while conducting researching for his thesis. Jon holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Sonoma State University and an MSW from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Kiva Blog Updates

Apr 26, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
The Community Outreach Team here at Kiva is incredibly excited to introduce to you a new series of guest blog speakers! As part of our ongoing effort to keep our extraordinary community of Kiva lenders and borrowers well-informed, we have partnered with several outstanding organizations to discuss the important topic of Nonfinancial Services (NFS), also known as “credit+” to reflect the belief of some that loans are not enough. These services are often offered to clients to meet a variety of social needs other than the need for capital.

While here at Kiva we specialize in financing... Continue Reading >>
Apr 25, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
In the early 1990s, microcredit was synonymous with microfinance. It was assumed that any low-income person borrowing from a microfinance institution did so in order to start or build a business. Today, however, it's widely acknowledged that poor people -- just like anyone else -- also need financial tools to pay for health care, education, housing, and more. A number of Kiva’s field partners provide services in these areas in addition to loans.

That said, microcredit is still regularly used to fund micro-enterprises. The effectiveness of microfinance as a tool for poverty... Continue Reading >>
Apr 13, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
In addition to loans, many of our field partners go above and beyond by offering their clients additional services and support. To encourage these wraparound services, we established a Social Performance team here at Kiva and awarded these partners with badges corresponding to key areas of support. This series is designed to share stories from the field that demonstrate the amazing work our partners are doing to meet a range of client needs.



Isolation can be a breeding ground for the entrepreneurial spirit. Exclusion from financial and social services... Continue Reading >>
Apr 10, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This is the first of a three-part blog series exploring “enterprise services.” Support for small enterprises falls into a category of wraparound services provided by microfinance institutions in addition to lending. Kiva’s mission is to encourage its Field Partners to introduce and expand non-loan offerings that improve lives and strengthen communities.

In the first part of this series, we defined enterprise services as services that help low-income individuals make a living through small enterprises. These services, provided by both specialized professionals and nonprofits... Continue Reading >>
Mar 30, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
We value being in tune with the latest news on microfinance and poverty alleviation. Kiva Scholar is designed to share research and developments in the field, and open the conversation up to you!

Deciding when to spend and when to save money is a difficult choice for most people. But imagine living hand-to-mouth and an emergency arises, or your child wants to get married. How do you fill the financial gap with extremely limited resources?

This week, we bring you an article from CGAP about a product that is... Continue Reading >>
Mar 23, 2012 KV Kiva HQ



What does empowerment look like? It could be the iconic women in the 60s burning their bras or it could be as subtle as a whisper. Empowerment is subjective, it’s personal, and it often looks different or even unrecognizable.

As you browse through the borrower profiles on Kiva have you ever noticed a blurred photo or a loan for a woman that has a photo of a man? That’s not a mistake. In this edition of Social Performance in Action, and in honor of International Women’s month, we will focus on how Kiva and our Field Partners help empower women through... Continue Reading >>
Mar 9, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
We value being in tune with the latest news on microfinance and poverty alleviation. Kiva Scholar is designed to share research and developments in the field, and open the conversation up to you!

This week, we'd like to pass along an article written by former Kiva Fellow Julie Shea for the Center for Financial Inclusion Blog. Titled "Balancing Social and Financial Goals through a Staff Incentive Scheme," her post focuses the effectiveness of offering micro-credit loan officers incentives to provide social support services beyond loans.

 
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Mar 1, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
In addition to loans, many of our field partners go above and beyond by offering their clients additional services and support. To encourage these wraparound services, we established a Social Performance team here at Kiva and awarded these partners with badges corresponding to key areas of support. This series is designed to share stories from the field that demonstrate the amazing work our partners are doing to meet a range of client needs.

This week, we're spotlighting One Acre Fund (OAF) in Kenya. OAF is one of Kiva’s first partners that is not a conventional microfinance... Continue Reading >>
Feb 24, 2012 KV Kiva HQ

We value being in tune with the latest news and research about microfinance and poverty alleviation. Kiva Scholar is designed to share news and developments in the field and open the conversation up to you!

This week, we're focusing on an article published by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) on its blog. Written by Maria Otero, Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights and former head of ACCION International, this post delves into the U.S. government's approach to financial inclusion around the world.

Let's begin...
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Feb 17, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
 
In addition to loans, many of our field partners go above and beyond by offering their clients additional services and support in a variety of areas. In an effort to encourage and measure the impact of these products and services, we established a Social Performance team here at Kiva and awarded these partners with badges corresponding to each area of support. This blog series seeks to provide our online community with stories from the field about the amazing work some of our partners are doing to meet specialized client needs.
 
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