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

Sep 28, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
Whether you're tweeting at us, joining a discussion on Facebook, emailing us, or participating in our webinars we love engaging with our community.

Join us on Thursday, October 4th at 10am PST for Kiva Insights a conversation between lenders and Kiva staff, hosted by actor, writer and Kiva enthusiast, Bob Harris. During this one hour call, registered participants will be able to ask questions directly to Kiva President...
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Sep 27, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
Jordan is the fourth largest microfinance market in the Arab world. Queen Rania and Queen Noor are advocates for the microfinance movement and believe strongly in women leadership, youth empowerment, and financial independence. Because of their involvement, Jordan has hosted Sanabel, the annual conference for microfinance in the Arab world many times.

The Arab microfinance industry is quite young; however, Jordan is positioned to expand its breadth to help the underserved. In fact, MFIs represent nearly the only external source of finance available for the economically... Continue Reading >>
Sep 21, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
Fall is upon us. Stay inside and keep warm from the brisk weather, drink some apple cider, and enjoy some articles that caught our eye!

CNN: And the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012 are ... For their extraordinary efforts to help change...
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Sep 19, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
We're celebrating education this September as students around the world head back to school. Here at Kiva, we strongly believe that education opens doors -- and we're thrilled to have so many lenders who are passionate about funding education loans.

Today, we're spotlighting three of these lenders, Carolyn Clarke, Ramona Lichtenthäler and Charmaine Pettersen. Hear what they have to say about choosing, and how and why they lend to help others across the globe get the educations they deserve.

Kiva: Why do you feel passionately about education loans?

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Sep 17, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
We're excited to announce our newest Field Partner, Sanergy!

Today, 10 million Kenyans live in slums and the number is growing at a rate of 7% a year. In these communities, 150 people typically share one toilet and 70% of residents are not connected to sewers. The result: widespread contamination of waterways and food supplies, leading to diseases that kill thousands every year.

Now, a new social enterprise based in Nairobi called Sanergy is taking an innovative, multi-pronged approach to the problem. Its engineers have created the Fresh Life Toilet, a sanitation system... Continue Reading >>
Sep 14, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
We're thrilled to announce our newest Field Partner, African Leadership Academy!
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a two-year pre-university program for the most promising 15 to 19 year-old students from across the continent. The goal: To build a new generation of mindful and ethical African leaders (see these loans here).

The school aims to produce well-rounded individuals through a holistic course schedule that emphasizes leadership skills, confidence, and communications skills in...
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Sep 14, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This week Kiva launched the #Kiva25 Program, asking you to join us in an interactive conversation about poverty and financial choices using the hashtag #kiva25 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We hope you'll continue to chime in for the remainder of the month, telling us what you're willing to give up, or a purchase you're willing to delay to support borrowers on Kiva.

But we like to practice what we preach!

Below, different members of the Kiva community share what they would give up to lend $25 to borrowers around the world!

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Sep 12, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This month's Passport Series focuses on Jordan. We'll take a close look at the country this week, with a deep dive into the microfinance sector. Stay tuned this month for more updates and a special lender story!

Located in the Middle East between Israel and Iraq, Jordan has over 6.5 million citizens. But the country covers just 89,342 square-kilometers -- to put that in perspective, it's slightly smaller than Indiana.

Jordan's tension-filled history has defined its economy and public...
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Sep 9, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
"I want to nominate a man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama."
- Bill Clinton, DNC 2012 Convention Speech

It's no surprise that the stars of the presidential nominating conventions these past two weeks have been the candidates' wives.

From who wore what, to the chosen nail polish color, the public wanted to know more about the wives than the candidates. In fact, Michelle Obama...
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Sep 6, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
Recently, I had the opportunity to learn how teachers are using Kiva to teach their students about finance and global development. My expert source: Kristen Goggin, a 6th grade teacher at San Francisco's Town School. Check out our interview with her below.

How did you discover Kiva?

In April 2011, I attended the Global Education Conference at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego. A Kiva booth was set up there, and I learned more about Kiva and its global message.

Goggin, far right, with Kiva CEO Matt...
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