As Kiva Fellows Program Coordinator, Shana is responsible for the recruitment, training and support of Kiva Fellows.  Bringing professional experience form both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, Shana is passionate about inter-cultural exchange and contributing towards making the world a better place.  During college, Shana studied abroad and volunteered in Mali, El Salvador, and Switzerland, then went on to lead the growth of the Kids division of Putumayo World Music.  Prior to joining Kiva, Shana worked for the program evaluation team of Search for Common Ground in Cote d’Ivoire, then spent three years overseeing the California office of Free The Children, a Canadian-based youth empowerment and international development organization.  A musician since the age of five, Shana has performed in six countries around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Gran Teatro de Habana in Cuba.  Shana holds a B.A. from NYU and an M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Kiva Blog Updates

Jun 5, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
As you may or may not know, the Kiva Fellows Program offers between 15 and 40 extraordinary individuals the opportunity to support global microfinance around the world for four months.

During this time, Kiva fellows serve as our eyes and ears on the ground. They work closely with our partners to support their operations, improve the Kiva lending experience, and help us reach more borrowers. They're truly on the frontier of Kiva, helping to innovate, expand, develop and deepen our connections to the field.

Preparing them for their challenging roles is a team... Continue Reading >>
May 7, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
Have you ever wondered how a relatively small non-profit organization in San Francisco has managed to work effectively in more than 65 countries around the world? Or how new initiatives like Kiva Zip have scaled to over $1 million in loan volume within 17 months of launching?

While there are many factors that have contributed to these successes, one thing is certain -- Kiva would not be where it is today without the support and contributions of its Kiva Fellows.

Kiva's 20th class of Kiva Fellows before heading out into the field.
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