Kate Talbot

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

Aug 14, 2012 KV Kiva HQ


We are excited to announce Kiva’s newest Field Partner, Yayasan Sosial Bina Sejahtera (YSBS).

Based in the Cilacap district of Central Java, Indonesia, the non-governmental organization Yayasan Sosial Bina Sejahtera (YSBS) has worked on poverty reduction, food security, gender issues, education, public health, and climate change since 1976.

Run by Irish-born priest Father Charlie Burrows, and with a staff of over 600 members, YSBS has been able to to improve the welfare of the Indonesian people in the region for the past 40...
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Aug 11, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
This week at Kiva we launched our Kiva bonus program. If you haven't already heard the good news, you can earn $25 dollars by inviting friends to join Kiva. When a friend signs up, you are rewarded with credit to make a new loan. The numbers of bonuses you can receive are unlimited!

Here at Kiva, we are big proponents of this new trend sweeping the start-up landscape known as collaborative consumption. In other words: What’s Mine is Yours. 

Kiva is based in San Francisco, which is home to a number of companies that exemplify this...
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Aug 6, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
We're thrilled to announce our newest Field Partner, BRAC Pakistan!

A global leader in creating opportunities for the poor, BRAC has changed the lives of many in the past 40 years. Founded in a remote village of Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC has become the world's largest development organization with a focus in microfinance and financial empowerment.

In 2007, BRAC started operations in Pakistan focusing on microfinance, health, and education. Currently, BRAC Pakistan serves 437,465 people in 14 districts of four provinces. Its microfinance program...
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Aug 3, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
From pubs to palaces, the international community has come together this past week to cheer on the exemplary athletes participating in the Olympic Games. Even here at Kiva, we are joining in on the fun with our very own Kiva Games! As we tune in to watch these athletes compete, it's hard not to get caught up in their personal stories -- which got us thinking, what it is like to be a woman athlete from various countries around the globe?

It's fitting that Save the Children recently released a study on the "Best and worst places to be a women in the world." ... Continue Reading >>
Aug 2, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is all about connecting lenders and borrowers to alleviate poverty. But there are a lot of other people who make these connections possible. One of the major unsung heroes in the process is the Kiva Coordinator. Called KCs, these extraordinary individuals are the point people at our Field Partners who work with loan officers to gather photos and stories, and post them on Kiva for the global community to support.

We couldn't be more grateful for all the extra-mile work KCs do to serve the Kiva mission. So we'd like to take a moment to thank some of our...
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Jul 26, 2012 KV Kiva HQ


Kiva is proud to bring our international community together in honor of the London 2012 Olympic Games. As the games kick off today, we are launching our very own Kiva Games!

Starting now, lenders can join country lending teams and make loans in honor of their countries. Just like the Olympics, we will be rewarding gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top three teams with the most loans and new members during the Olympics, July 27 to August 12th!

Here's how it works:
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Jul 20, 2012 KV Kiva HQ

Last month, the Atlantic article "Why Women Still Can’t Have it All" sparked a national discourse about the plight of the modern day woman. Can women thrive in solid careers while juggling familial duties? 

This week, the conversation turned to Yahoo's decision to hire Marissa Mayer as its new chief executive officer. Not only is she taking over the company, but later that day she announced that she was in fact seven months pregnant.

Mayer’s ex-colleague at Google and Facebook's current chief operating...
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