Kayla Grueneich

Kayla received her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. She has volunteered with a wide variety of animals from cats at her local shelter, sea turtles in Costa Rica, and elephants at the Oakland Zoo. Kayla hopes to pursue a career that supports animal welfare issues through community empowerment and education. She is excited to join Kiva to learn about international development from a non-profit viewpoint. 

Kiva Blog Updates

Apr 21, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is proud to work with many organizations who are Fair Trade certified. In the first part of our Fair Trade series, we’re highlighting Kiva Field Partner, Dr. Bronner’s, and their program, Serendipalm!
Not only does Dr. Bronner’s make the soap in your bathroom, they also empower the farmers who provide the essential oils for their body products. Dr. Bronner’s is a Fair Trade Certified company, which means they value high economic and environmental standards throughout their supply chain. Kiva works with Serendipalm, a branch of Dr....
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Apr 19, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Written by: Kathleen Bennett, Kiva Portfolio Manager, South America & Guatemala
At Kiva, our mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, and this mission extends beyond just financial poverty. We aim to help increase access to basic services as well, from clean water and sanitation, to getting sustainable energy in homes. Green loans on Kiva help borrowers switch to environmentally friendly products that reduce pollution, promote sustainable practices and help families...
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Apr 16, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
We’re constantly learning about the wonderful flora and fauna that co-exist on this earth, and each discovery has an interesting tale (or tail)! Here are six great stories from around the web:
Fighting fire with fire: Why this scientist is releasing thousands of mosquitoes to reduce mosquito populations

Your head will swim: This fish fights its predators with a pleasing, dizzying bite

Do zombies live in crystals?: The reanimation...
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Mar 26, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
When life gives you lemons... make sustainable lemonade! These stories highlight some key players who are using new technology to solve some of nature’s challenges. 
The power of solar power: How this island can keep their lights on during a hurricane
Food waste: The reason why NASA is investing in the kitchen sink
Good vibrations: Why water pumps in Africa are texting to prevent drought effects
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Mar 21, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
In honor of World Water Day, we’re celebrating a fantastic Field Partner who provides access to clean water, Nazava Water Filters! 
In Indonesia, communities are unable to have a reliable and affordable source for their drinking water. This makes it difficult for families to stay healthy. Nazava Water Filters is one excellent social enterprise that aims to provide clean drinking water for all!
Nazava water filters are providing safe, clean drinking water to...
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Mar 13, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Thank you!

For a second year in a row, Kiva had a record-breaking International Women’s Day! This was the biggest day of lending in Kiva's history, beating our second largest day by 23%! In just one week, more than seven thousand lenders and supporters doubled our goal in loans to women, with $3.5 million in loans on March 8th alone. As a result, the Kiva community fully funded 7,486 female loans!

You helped women like Haydee, in...
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Mar 11, 2017 KV Kiva HQ

Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a Hindu holiday signaling the start of spring. Following tradition, Holi is the time to celebrate the good in life and bridge the social gap in our communities.
Holi celebrations occur all over the world, in places like Bali, where there is a predominant Hindu community. For Balinese families that can afford it, it’s a tremendous honor to build a formal place of worship. One such Kiva borrower, named Buana, was able to use the success of his Kiva loan to support his family and build a...
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Mar 10, 2017 KV Kiva HQ
Around the world, upstanding citizens are working to help combat their region-specific problems. From saving endangered species to finding a more efficient way to deal with old furniture, these innovators will bring a smile to your face. 
Camions of Care: This teen-started initiative provides period products to those in need

Saving the turtles: How one man helped protect a 3,000 acre nature reserve

Drip drip: New irrigation systems enable a farming community to...
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