A Bay Area native, Kate received her B.A. in Communications from University of California, San Diego and most recently her MBA from University of San Francisco. She focused her MBA curriculum on Social Entrepreneurship and interned at Social Capital Markets and consulted for Hub Bay Area and Centro Community Partners. Prior to obtaining her MBA, she worked in media and public relations in San Francisco and Manhattan. Her passion for international development stems from spending a significant amount of time volunteering at the Meher Public Trust in the rural village of Ahmednagar, India. In her free time, Kate loves to take dance classes, hike in Marin, and spend time laughing with family and friends.

Kiva Blog Updates

Oct 19, 2012 KV Kiva HQ

Happy Birthday Kiva! This week we're embarking on a HUGE milestone -- our 7th year connecting lenders and borrowers to empower people around the world.

It seems like only yesterday that Kiva.org launched and immediately caught...
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Oct 17, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This is a blog post as told by lender Sebastia of Sydney, Australia. He joined Kiva in 2011 and is one of our most active lenders. He's made 329 loans, 190 of which are to the borrowers of SEF International in Armenia. Recently, he went to Armenia for the first time -- he is ethnically Armenian -- and was excited to see the land of his ancestors, to meet people and to get acquainted with their lives.   

Accompanied by Anahit from the SEF Kiva team, I visited two Kiva borrowers. The first, Ruben, had applied... Continue Reading >>
Oct 17, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This is a guest post contributed by Holly Mosher, producer of the documentary Bonsai People. The film traces microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus' journey to his next big idea: Social Business.

I was inspired to go to Bangladesh when I read that Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank had won the Nobel Peace Prize for microcredit loans. I was fascinated that an economist and a bank had won the peace prize instead of the prize in economics, but when the article I was reading mentioned that they lent money to 6.5 million poor women -- nearly one out of every 1,000 people on earth... Continue Reading >>
Oct 12, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This month's Passport Series will focus on Azerbaijan. We'll take a close look at the country this week, and follow up with a deep dive into its microfinance sector next week. Stay tuned this month for more updates and a special lender story. Also, consider making a loan to a borrower in Azerbaijan. This unique country is home to thousands who could benefit from microfinance, but who are too often overlooked -- even on Kiva.

The Republic of Azerbaijan is located in the South Caucuses region of Eurasia and is bordered by Georgia, Iran, Armenia, Turkey and Russia. It's... Continue Reading >>
Oct 9, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This month we are celebrating Kiva's Birthday! In the last 7 years, 835,000 lenders have helped to crowdfund almost $360 million in loans to 880,000 people in more than 66 countries.

To coincide with this accomplishment, lenders are hosting parties around the world and we would love to have you join!

If there’s not a party already happening in your city, you can get some friends together and host your own. We’ve got a Kiva Events resource center and we’re...
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Oct 6, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This past week, 1600 social impact enthusiasts descended at San Francisco's Fort Mason to attend the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference.

Centered on capital for social good, the four day event brought about discussions on impact investment, tech for good, early stage investment and much more. Attendees came from all over the globe to discuss, connect, and share on how to make meaning matter.

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Oct 4, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This morning, we hosted our second Kiva Insights call with Kiva President Premal Shah and actor, writer, and Kiva enthusiast Bob Harris. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the discussion--we appreciated all of the great questions submitted. The vibrant conversation covered many topics such as innovation, impact, expirations, and India.

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Oct 4, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
At the epicenter of political tension in the Middle East, Jordan faces many limitations due to its lack of natural resources and exclusion of foreign investment. Over 80% of Jordan's economy is comprised of small businesses that struggle to receive loans from the banking sector regardless of size.

As a result, microfinance has become a key to financial independence. This past summer, Jordan hosted the first annual Microfinance Network Conference.

Queen Noor, a major propent of microfinance, noted that, "The ultimate goal of making microfinance better is to make... Continue Reading >>
Oct 2, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is turning 7 this October! We're kicking things off October 20-26 with 13 lending parties around the world! To celebrate, we're launching a new resource center to help lenders host their own Kiva events at home.

Kiva boxes are intended for lenders who want to throw an intimate party for 10 of their friends. Hosts should introduce Kiva to their guests and show them what the lending experience is all about!

Kiva in a box contains a hosting t-shirt, tote bag,...
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Sep 28, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
September is coming to an end. This month we went back-to-school and focused on the impact of global education--especially for women. We partnered with Dermalogica to provide $25 free trials and believe that when a woman is educated she learns and earns at the same time.

From UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon launching his "Education First" initaitve to Kiva CEO, Premal Shah promoting tuition loans abroad--education has been on the forefront of the newscycle this week.

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