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“One of the things I hear over and over again is refugees who say ‘I want to be seen not as a refugee, but an entrepreneur’”

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Kiva featured in USA Today

10/7/22 — USA Today’s Medora Lee spoke with Kiva to learn more about how our work to expand access to capital is providing critical support for US-based entrepreneurs

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Kiva CSR in Wall Street Journal

10/6/22 — Tess Murphy, Director of Strategic Partnerships, weighed in on how Kiva’s unique approach to employee engagement campaigns can help organizations stand out among employees

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Kiva Rochester reaches $1 million in loans

8/11/22 — Kiva and the City of Rochester celebrated $1 million in microloans for regional entrepreneurs

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Measuring impact across social entreprises

8/8/22 — Spencer MacColl, Kiva’s Director of Impact, about the struggle social enterprises face when measuring impact. He speaks about the barriers and how the industry can do better

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Microfinance index proves validity of microloans positive impacts

6/21/22 — Improved quality of life, increased incomes, better resilience against economic shock—the results confirm the positive social impact of microfinance, with no better source for this information than the clients themselves

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Kiva and Visa partnership win HALO award

5/18/22 — Campaign awarded for Best Employee Engagement Initiative, North America’s highest honor for ‘corporate social impact initiatives that showcase outstanding employee engagement efforts.’

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Financial access to capital critical for refugees

Impact Boom interviewed Kiva’s Lev Plaves, Investment Director, on how microloans are addressing the gap in capital access that refugees face

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Kiva’s Kathy Guis on the future of work

Authority Magazine sat down with the Vice President of Investments to discuss Kiva’s unique approach to remote and hybrid working environments

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Kiva & USWNTPA partnership in SELF

Following their major victory for equality in sport earlier in the year, Women’s Soccer (USWNTPA) launched a partnership with Kiva to support BIPOC and women entrepreneurs across the country

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Kiva featured in global Slack campaign

Slack featured real Kiva staff and borrowers in its global campaign, highlighting organizations making the impossible, achievable

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Kiva one of Oprah’s favorite organizations

"Kiva.org, one of Oprah's favorite organizations, is a site for people all over the world seeking small loans to start their own businesses."

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Bill Clinton on entrepreneurship and Kiva

“Kiva.org made its bones basically by providing socially conscious people an opportunity to invest as little as $25 in a business…”

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Kathy Guis

Kathy has over a decade of experience in the impact investments space at Kiva, overseeing investments in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. As the Vice President of Investments, Kathy leads the global team who deploys Kiva’s crowdfunded capital towards social enterprises and microfinance institutions around the world, working to maximize impact while mitigating risk.

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Chad Sterbenz

For nearly 10 years, Chad has led Kiva’s international and U.S. lending and investing programs, policies, and operations. With experience living and working in Vietnam, Peru, Kyrgyzstan, and more, Chad provides a global perspective on impact investing that centers the communities we aim to serve.

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Tess Murphy

As Kiva’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, Tess has worked closely with organizations such as PepsiCo, Visa, IT Cosmetics, and more, to deliver impactful and mutually beneficial campaigns. From corporate social responsibility to employee engagement, Tess offers a fresh perspective on how organizations can reach their goals while simultaneously contributing to global good.

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Don Carter

Don’s career spans more than three decades in HR service delivery, talent acquisition, and organizational development. As Executive Vice President of People & Places, he is leading Kiva through a remote-first evolution and provides a perspective that is both rooted in inclusion and centered on employee engagement.

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Lev Plaves

With over 9 years of experience at Kiva and a history of working directly with refugees, Lev is passionate about refugee support and development and provides a unique perspective on the impact microfinance can make on the lives of people who are forcibly displaced.

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Eli Cherner

Eli Cherner serves as the Director of Kiva’s US program and works to help financially excluded populations in the United States gain access to economic opportunity. With experience managing venture philanthropy for early-stage, high-impact social enterprises, Eli is a mission-driven professional committed to creating the most positive impact in the work he does.

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