Kathy Guis

As Portfolio Manager for Francophone and North Africa, Kathy Guis is responsible for oversight and expansion of Kiva’s microfinance partnerships in the region. Currently based in San Francisco, Kathy began working with Kiva in February 2010. She spent her first two years with Kiva as a Senior Field Support Specialist working remotely in Dakar, Senegal and Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to working with Kiva, she worked at nonprofit literary journal Memoir, and organized the journal’s memoir writing program with juvenile detainees. Kathy graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Comparative Literature, summa cum laudein 2006. She is fluent in French, and has traveled extensively in Francophone Africa and the Middle East.

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Dec 9, 2013 KV Kiva HQ


Because Kiva lenders are social investors, the crowdfunded capital from Kiva's website can help places and organizations that commercial capital isn’t willing or able to serve, including countries and regions affected by conflict, war and political unrest. In my time working for Kiva as Field Support Specialist for Francophone Africa and the Middle East and Portfolio Manager for Francophone and North Africa, I’ve had the privilege of working with a variety of microfinance institutions (MFIs) serving conflict-affected areas such as Palestine, Mali and the Democratic...
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Apr 3, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
Please join me in bidding a warm welcome to Kiva’s newest field partner, ACEP Cameroun!

The Agence de Crédit pour l’Entreprise Privée au Cameroun (ACEP Cameroun) works to "contribute in an efficient way towards the fight against poverty through microcredit loans to micro-enterprises." In 2005, ACEP began operating independently of its co-founding organizations, the Cameroon Ministry of Industry & Economics and the French Agency for Development, and has since grown to serve over 8,500 entrepreneurs in Cameroon’s bustling urban areas.

ACEP is determined, now more...
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Dec 27, 2011 KV Kiva HQ


photo credit: Relief International


Please join me in warmly welcoming Kiva’s newest field partner, Relief International-Iraq, to Kiva.org!

Relief International-Iraq (RI-Iraq) first began lending activities in 2006, and now operates 10 branches throughout the country. With a significant group lending portfolio, RI-Iraq serves over 9,700 clients a with a low average loan size of $959. They serve a...
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Oct 31, 2011
Please join me in welcoming Al-Amal Microfinance Bank, Kiva’s first field partner in Yemen, to kiva.org! Al-Amal Microfinance Bank began lending activities in 2009, and has since grown at an impressive rate. Today, Al-Amal is the largest Microfinance Institution in Yemen despite its newness. AMB has disbursed over 30,000 loans and serves clients out of 14 branch offices located throughout Yemen. As of August 2011, 28% of Al-Amal’s active borrowers were youth, and 58% were women.

Al-Amal is the first microfinance institution in the Arab world to offer...
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Aug 14, 2011 KV Kiva HQ

Please join me in welcoming Kiva’s newest field partner, Maya, our first field partner in Turkey! Maya was by its parent organization, the Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work, a Turkish NGO whose mission is to improve womens’ economic well-being and quality of life, in 2002 in the wake of the disastrous Marmara earthquake. Now an officially registered economic enterprise under the auspices of KEDV, Maya operates 5 branch offices located throughout Northwestern Turkey.

True to the vision of its founders, Maya serves an all-female clientele...

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Jul 13, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva’s newest partner is Finadev-Benin! Finadev-Benin has been providing microcredit services to Beninois people since 2001, making it the oldest private microfinance institution in Benin. They currently operate 6 branch offices, with about 5,600 active borrowers.

Benin’s many entrepreneurs are served by an active microfinance sector, and Finadev has played a significant role since the very beginning.

Having grown together for nearly 10 years, FINADEV's staff...
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Apr 18, 2011
Written by Kathy Guis, Field Support Specialist Francophone Africa and the Middle East

Please join Kiva in welcoming Micro Start (Action des Femmes pour le Développement), Kiva’s newest field partner, and our first partner in Burkina Faso! Headquartered in Ouagadougou (the country's capital city), Micro Start was founded by women to serve women. The institution was born when a group of 8 women, each of whom had significant experience in business and microfinance, pooled their own funds in order to found an institution that would support poor women entrepreneurs through... Continue Reading >>
Mar 30, 2011

Please join me in bidding a warm welcome to Kiva’s new field partner in Jordan, Alwatani (National Microfinance Bank). Alwatani has been providing microcredit services to low- and middle-income Jordanians since 2006. Through its 10 branch offices located throughout the country, Alwatani serves approximately 25,000 entrepreneurs.

During my training visit to Alwatani’s offices, I had the pleasure of meeting not just their staff, but some of their borrowers as well. Their staff is warm, committed, and proud of all that their institution has accomplished in its 5 years. And I must say, I... Continue Reading >>
Dec 7, 2010 KV Kiva HQ
Koret Israel Economic Development Funds, the first microfinance institution in Israel, is now a Kiva partner! Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF) was founded in 1993, and since its inception has helped to facilitate access to credit for small business owners through an innovative guarantee program. This program allows small and medium business owners who are denied credit services by Israeli banks to access traditional bank loans with KIEDF backing. In 2006, KIEDF launched the first direct-lending microfinance program in Israel in the Negev desert. This program is called SAWA, or... Continue Reading >>
Dec 2, 2010 KV Kiva HQ

We’re very happy to announce that there are now loans from Kiva’s first Jordanian field partner, Tamweelcom, on Kiva.org. Tamweelcom is a worldwide leader in the microfinance industry, having been named one of the top 10 microfinance institutions worldwide by the MIX Market in 2007 and 2008. The organization has also been recognized by the Arab microfinance network Sanabel, the Schwab foundation, and CGAP for its distinguished performance in the microfinance industry....

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