Rourke was born and raised in the East Bay Area. He recently graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles where he studied Diplomacy and World Affairs and minored in Psychology. During his junior year, Rourke studied abroad in Arusha, Tanzania where he developed a keen interest in international development. He has returned to the East African region twice to complete Swahili training and his thesis research on middle class consumer behavior in Dar es Salaam. His passion for microfinance was discovered when he travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal last winter to work with an MFI supporting women’s empowerment though microloans. Rourke enjoys biking, getting outdoors and exploring new places. At home, he spends his free time writing, watching live music and going to local sporting events.

Kiva Blog Updates

Feb 5, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is the first post in a geography quiz series that will feature Kiva borrowers, partners and fellows from a specific...

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Feb 1, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

All around the world, students are using Kiva and its education program, Kiva U, as learning tool to engage with global cultures and invest in others from a young age!


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Dec 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Avelino is a proud coffee farmer who lives high in the Peruvian Andes. He works hard to support his family by growing and selling delicious coffee beans from his farm. Read more about Avelino here.
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Dec 2, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Not many high school students can say they’ve helped 500 loans reach borrowers around the world. But Lindsay Voves, a senior from Ridgefield High School in...

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Nov 24, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post is the final post of a 3 part series highlighting some of the innovative...

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Nov 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
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Millions of young women and girls around the world are denied the right to get an education, and denied the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Cultural norms, shortages of teachers and the costs of tuition and books all contribute to keeping 63 million girls out of primary and secondary school.

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Oct 7, 2015 US United States

Kiva U welcomed a very special guest to Kiva headquarters this and activist Chelsea Clinton!...

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Sep 30, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

Azar’s training as a barbeque master started at a very young age. Growing up in East Palo Alto in the 1980s, he was a fixture at his parent’s restaurant, Goldie’s Barbeque.

Goldie, Azar’s mother and the namesake of the restaurant, taught Azar how to prepare food and run the business....

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Sep 27, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

This post is part of a series celebrating San Francisco small businesses as part of the Kiva SF launch. Learn more>

Turtle Tower is a popular Vietnamese restaurant renowned for their Northern Vietnamese style chicken soup. Started by a Vietnamese immigrant couple, Turtle Tower has become a staple of the Tenderloin district over the last 15 years and attracts San Franciscans from all walks of life to the area.

Thao is the family’s eldest daughter and began working at Turtle Tower from an early age.

“We have been here for 15 years and... Continue Reading >>