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

Sep 1, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
See what happens when 620,000 lenders fund 615,000 entrepreneurs, students, and other microfinance borrowers around the world. Be sure to turn your volume on and use a full screen!

Five+ years of Kiva loan activity, in full color. Thanks to all the lenders, borrowers, partners, and team members who brightened this map - and helped to change lives in the process.




Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance
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Sep 1, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Written by Kiva staff and Christopher Dunford, Freedom from Hunger



Organizations offer many types of services to individuals and communities in an effort to alleviate poverty. Each service potentially plays a vital role in the life of a client. These services are often offered in isolation but in some cases efforts are made to coordinate different kinds of services to enhance accessibility and overall efficiency.

Ideally, clients would have access to a coordinated combination of microfinance and other development... Continue Reading >>
Aug 25, 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: Financial education initiatives, the benefits of investing in girls, ideas for improving regulation, visualizing the Nigerian microfinance landscape, creative take on the state of post-conflict reconstruction through the lens of Harry Potter, and much much more.

If you can only read one:

Taking Stock: Financial Education Initiatives for the Poor (pdf)
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Aug 22, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
This month’s Passport Series focused on Ecuador, thanks to your votes on Kiva’s Facebook page! Ecuador is a South American country with dynamic ecosystems, which are home to the Amazon Rainforest, Andean Mountain Range, Galápagos Islands, and Pacific Coastal region. Last week, we examined Ecuador’s microfinance sector. In this last Ecuador installment we look at the important role of Loan Officers.

Loan Officers have a difficult and labor-intensive job. They have a long list of responsibilities including marketing, education, loan... Continue Reading >>
Aug 15, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
This month’s Passport Series focuses on Ecuador, thanks to your votes on Kiva’s Facebook page! Ecuador is a South American country with dynamic ecosystems, which are home to the Amazon Rainforest, Andean Mountain Range, Galápagos Islands, and Pacific Coastal region. Follow us throughout the month of August as we learn about Ecuador’s country profile, its microfinance sector, and the lives of its Kiva borrowers. Last week, we examined Ecuador’s background and this post covers its... Continue Reading >>
Jul 28, 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: a new addition to the Client Protection Principles regarding non-discrimination, South Sudan's recent independence, financial inclusion in Nepal, exchanging ideas between Peru and Vietnam, the...
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Jul 20, 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: an CGAP blog post about Islamic microfinance, a Newswire report about the World Bank’s reclassification of 28 countries, the fishing industry in West Africa, the role of microfinance in climate change, and much much more!...
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