Jonathan Bloom

As the Portfolio Manager for South America, Jon is responsible for managing relationships with existing field partners and growing Kiva’s presence in the region through due diligence on potential partners. Based in San Francisco, Jon started at Kiva as the Portfolio Associate for Central America, supporting partners with their Kiva operations. Before joining Kiva full-time, Jon interned here 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 researching 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

Nov 10, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Part 2 of Education services is written by Monique Cohen from Microfinance Opportunities (MFO). She will be discussing financial education services and how they relate to microfinance and our borrowers. For more on Ms. Cohen and Microfinance Opportunities click on Part 1 of our series: Financial Education Services.

Here's part 2 of our guest blog post by Monique Cohen:

Consider a woman dependent on a small,... Continue Reading >>
Nov 3, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
As our series on nonfinancial services continues, our second guest speaker is Monique Cohen from Microfinance Opportunities (MFO). She will be discussing Education Services and how they relate to microfinance and our borrowers.

Monique Cohen is the founder and president of Microfinance Opportunities. With more than 25 years of field experience, Ms. Cohen is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on clients and microfinance services. She founded Microfinance Opportunities in 2002 to dive deep into the study of how low-income...
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Oct 17, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
This month’s Passport Series focuses on Nepal! Nepal is the birthplace of Buddhism and home to the tallest mountains in the world! Follow us throughout the month of October as we learn about Nepal’s background, its microfinance sector, and Kiva’s presence within its borders.



Durbar Square, Kathmandu: Photo Credit - CIA World Factbook

Microfinance in Nepal

The microfinance sector in Nepal is relatively well established and stable, especially in the non-... Continue Reading >>
Oct 14, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
At Kiva, we value being in tune with the current news, research, and findings, so each week we are going to bring you the latest updates in Microfinance and Social Performance!

In this post, we cover the following: Over-indebtedness in Microcredit, Consumer Protection from the Consumers Point of View, Microfinance and the Fight Against Child Labor, Microfinance and Solar Loans and much much more.

If you can only read one:

Over-indebtedness in Microcredit: Lessons for the Future
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Sep 29, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
At Kiva, we value being in tune with the current news, research, and findings, so each week we are going to bring you the latest updates in Microfinance!

In this post, we cover the following: how borrowers are spending loan money, how technology is making the job of loan officers easier, the role of Microfinance Investment Intermediaries (MIIs), when do best practices become the new norm, the burden of reporting for MFIs and much much more.

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What Percentage of Microfinance Loans Actually Go to... Continue Reading >>
Sep 22, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Part 3 of Health Care services discusses Kiva’s Field Partner in Ecuador, ESPOIR, and the fantastic health care services they provide to their clients. Kiva favors Field Partners who prioritize a multi-faceted approach to poverty alleviation by offering clients a variety of services in addition to financing. For more on Health Care services check out Part 1 and 2... Continue Reading >>
Sep 16, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Part 2 of Health Care services is written by Chris Dunford from Freedom from Hunger. He will be discussing Health Care Services and how they relate to microfinance and our borrowers. For more on Chris and Freedom from Hunger click on Part 1 of our series: General Health Care Services.

Integrating Microfinance and Health Services



Access to financial services is undeniably important to all families, but it is insufficient on its own to address the multi-dimensional challenges of poverty. Ill health and the inability to... Continue Reading >>
Sep 12, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
This month’s Passport Series focuses on Lebanon! Lebanon is a country with stunning mountain scenery, a beautiful Mediterranean climate, and a highly diverse population. Follow us throughout the month of September as we learn about Lebanon’s background, its microfinance sector, and Kiva’s presence within its borders.

Microfinance in Lebanon


Lebanese bakery owner and Kiva borrower

While the microfinance sector in Lebanon is growing, it... Continue Reading >>
Sep 8, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Our first guest speaker for our series on nonfinancial services is Chris Dunford from Freedom from Hunger. He will be discussing Health Care Services and how they relate to microfinance and our borrowers.

Chris has over 30 years of rural development experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. He...
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Sep 5, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva’s work has recently expanded to include funding loans in Detroit and New Orleans with our new program Kiva City. We are now proud to be part of the economic recovery and expansion here in the United States.

Kiva City will significantly scale the ability of microfinance to promote growth and job creation in the cities and towns of greatest need across America.

Torrie Jakes, owner of Jakes Aesthetics, a medical skin treatment business, is a small business owner who recently benefited from a Kiva loan. Since Hurricane Katrina, she has tried twice to set up her... Continue Reading >>

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