Lana was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia. When war broke in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, her family fled to Serbia and eventually settled in Sonora, CA. Lana earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from CSU Chico. During her time at Chico, she had the opportunity to volunteer in various settings, including mental health institutions, veterans’ homes, and preschools. Lana is currently working on her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University and looks forward to completing her degree later this year. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, stand-up comedy, being outdoors, cooking, and (most of all) travelling and learning about other cultures. Lana’s passion is helping individuals in need and she is immensely inspired by Kiva’s mission and vision. She is extremely excited about collaborating with the Community Support Team and gaining knowledge about the inner workings of non-profits.

Kiva Blog Updates

Jun 5, 2015 HR Croatia

At Kiva, we love to travel and we love to trade travel advice! I grew up in the former Yugoslavia and, as a child, spent my summers on the Croatian coast visiting my grandmother. I’ve been lucky to return many times as an adult, but I never tire of its charms and fall deeper in love with the country every time I visit. I’m excited to share 25 can’t miss experiences that will make any traveler's visit to Croatia unforgettable.

Croatia’s year round sun and 1,100 miles of Adriatic coastline make it one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. It’s dazzling...

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May 8, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

There are few things as universal as a mother’s love. Kiva loans support a hugely diverse range of borrowers, hailing from over 80 different countries, but one thing remains a constant: the touching stories we hear of mothers putting the well-being and education of their children above all else.

Although we all have plenty of reasons to call our mom or send her a card this Mother's Day, here are 3 women who will further inspire you:

Sento lives in Makeni City, Sierra Leone and sells local food, soft drinks, and condiments out of a small store on... Continue Reading >>