Tess Murphy

Tess arrives at Kiva after a two year backpacking excursion through Asia and the South Pacific, where she volunteered at monasteries, taught English, went diving in shipwrecks, was attacked by a band of robbing monkeys and made it out, not quite unscathed, but alive. While in Asia, she learned about the importance of community in rural areas and how small businesses help empower the people and preserve their culture. With a B.A. in Political Science and French from Fordham University in New York City, Tess has returned to her native city of San Francisco to pursue her passion in international development. In her free time she likes to hike, explore and maintain her blog about events around The City.

Kiva Blog Updates

Sep 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

As the leaves change color, the air cools and farmers everywhere begin to gather their harvest, you know autumn has arrived in the U.S. In every culture, harvest season is regarded as a time of bounty and prosperity and is celebrated through holidays and festivals. This week, Kiva is celebrating farmers and all the hard work they do around the world by flash funding 500 farmers in 5 days! Join the effort by making a loan to a farmer.
One of the reasons farmers need our support is that their livelihoods are so unpredictable. Once the seeds are...
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Sep 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva’s loans come in all shapes, sizes and languages. Lucky for us, there’s a team of hard working multilingual volunteers on Kiva’s Review and Translation (RTP) team who make it possible for us to get these loans onto the site!
Kiva partners operate in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian) and we rely on an enormous network of volunteers to help review and translate loans so they can be published to our site in English while preserving the original author’s voice and emotion. 

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Aug 4, 2014 LB Lebanon, PS Palestinian Territory, YE Yemen
The observance of Ramadan falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and this year began on June 28 and went through July 28. Traditionally, Muslims fast during Ramadan to ‘purify’ their minds so they can better focus on self-reflection and prayer. This leads to a greater understanding of others and the month is known as a time for giving and increased acts of charity. 
As the world marks Ramadan, we are taking the opportunity to shine a light on the tireless work of our partners in the Middle East, working hard to create opportunity and a...
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Jul 30, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

We are constantly inspired by the Kiva community–a community that includes more than 2.5 million lenders and borrowers around the globe. Together, we are bound by our vision of a more connected, compassionate world. In celebration of this vision at the heart of Kiva’s work, we’re telling the world what #WeBelieve this week. Will you join us? Share your favorite #WeBelieve message below, and tell us what drive you to be part of Kiva in the comments!
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Jul 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
If you’re from the United States or live in the States, you’re likely gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow. After the fireworks are set off and the meat is on the BBQ, it’ll be time to reflect on what this holiday means for Americans. As many know, the day memorializes the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, over two hundred years ago. Today, and every day at Kiva, we celebrate the freedom and independence of our borrowers and their pursuit of the ‘American Dream.’ The ‘American Dream’ is actually a universal dream, that anyone-regardless of gender, race, social... Continue Reading >>
Jun 5, 2014 GH Ghana, IN India, NI Nicaragua
Imagine a world where you make a loan on Kiva, our Field Partners distribute that loan to the most vulnerable communities, and then take the next step to address other holistic needs of the community, like health and access to financial education.
Luckily we don’t have to imagine it. Because when you support someone on Kiva, you’re offering more than financial capital. You’re offering vital services that create lasting change in the lives of the borrower and, not only help alleviate poverty, but help them to stay out of it. 
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