Talea is excited to combine her love for powerful storytelling and her digital strategy experience. She comes to Kiva from the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she managed digital strategy for the foundation's consumer-focused PSA campaigns. Prior to that she was a reporter and producer at the PBS NewsHour for five years. At the NewsHour she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the developing world as part of the program's global health unit, covering a wide range of stories including the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, doctor shortages in Tanzania and the mistreatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia. In addition to being a news junkie, Talea enjoys photography, hiking and attempting to paint. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism and is originally from Maryland. So she also knows a lot about horses.

Kiva Blog Updates

Apr 28, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Photo by Flickr user Oliver Whiteside

On April 25, the most devastating earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years claimed the lives of thousands of people and destroyed homes and cultural sites. The Kiva community’s thoughts are with the people of Nepal and all the families that have been affected by this tragedy.

Kiva reached out to our two partners in Nepal, Patan Business and Professional Women and SunFarmer, to express our support and check on the wellbeing of their staff and clients.

SunFarmer responded that their staff members... Continue Reading >>
Apr 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Myrian knew she would be an artist from the moment her grandmother placed a cool, smooth lump of clay in her hands as a child.

“The first time I touched the clay I said that this is going to be my profession, I will be an artisan,” Myrian says. Read her full story at Kiva's Medium page> Continue Reading >>
Mar 20, 2015 IN India

Mukula has an eye for vibrant colors, and she puts it to good use in her sari-weaving business. Spools of ruby red, deep turquoise and sapphire blue are all on deck for the week’s work.

Yarn ready for the loom.

Mukula processes the raw materials and yarn for the saris. She can also weave on one of the 3 hand looms she owns, but these days she has help for that. With the support of a Kiva loan of $570, Mukula has grown her business to the point that she employs 2...

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Mar 12, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Liz Vidyarthi, Kiva Fellow in Kenya

This story comes from Kibera, in Nairobi:

Pamela is a woman whose smile radiates confidence and joy. After the single mother found out she was HIV positive in 1999, that confidence was tested to the limits. But she was determined to continue to be a pillar of strength for her family and her community.

Pamela started treatment for HIV and founded a support group for women called the Kibera HIV/AIDS Support Initiative Program. She asked the...

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Mar 10, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Lourdes was only 18 when she says her world came crashing down around her. She had been working as a maid from the age of 14, contributing what little money she earned to her struggling mother and siblings.

Then she found out she was pregnant.

She was alone, cast aside by her family and the father of her child.

“I lost everything…my life totally changed with the pregnancy,” she says.

When her son, Victor, was born, Lourdes pieced together work, trying to keep their little family of 2 afloat....

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Jan 28, 2015 KE Kenya
Check out our latest post on Medium and see how Kiva borrower Jackline is creating an environment that encourages all her students to stay in school. 

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Jan 20, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Biba, her class, and all of us at Kiva were blown away by the response to Biba's story of perseverance and spirit during a difficult battle with brain cancer. Nearly 3,700 lenders made a loan in Biba’s honor, raising $153,000 in loans for people around the world. Simply incredible.

Below is a thank you letter to lenders from Biba, who also shares the story of her inspirational students:

Several years ago, a few of my high schools students and I were sitting around after school discussing our desire to start a club that would utilize concepts we... Continue Reading >>
Dec 22, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
In the last installment of our series Meet the Kivans, we're excited to introduce you to Jomay and David. These two work closely with our partners in the field and have great insights on Kiva's work around the world.

Q&A with Jomay Lui, Kiva's Senior Knowledge Manager

What do you do at Kiva?
I work on the Partnerships team, which is the team that finds, vets, trains and monitors our vast network of amazing Field Partners all over the world. I'm responsible for defining, standardizing, and documenting our processes and... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
This month, we’re spotlighting some of the amazing Kivans who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Kiva possible.

Eric and Monica work with Kiva's volunteers who do everything from translate loans for the site to visiting borrowers in the field. Our volunteers are truly incredible... Continue Reading >>