"A serious Kiva fan."

- Katherine, Lender

I don't remember the first time I heard of Kiva but by the winter of 2007, I was a serious Kiva Fan.

I remember there was a big Kiva Billboard on 101, the highway we would take from my home in the Bay Area up to San Francisco. Every time we passed it I felt FOMO (though the 'fear of missing out' wasn't a term let alone a cultural phenomenon back then), because I wanted to be a part of the team that was creating the elegant solution of crowdlending to tackle the global problem of lack of access to capital.

In addition to being a lender, my fandom also manifested itself in a coffee mug I got for Christmas one year. The mug traveled with me to college and out to NYC after I graduated. I still have it in my cupboard. I referenced that mug in my cover letter which I feverishly wrote and submitted the day I realized Kiva had an open role in NYC.

As part of the application process, the Kiva US team asked me to see how many of my friends and family I could get to make a Kiva loan. I got 70 people to lend on Kiva. I really wanted the job. I really wanted to work for Kiva!

Surprise surprise, I got the job! Now I get to go to work each day and be a part of that team I had so deeply admired. I'm glad to report that it's as gratifying as I thought it would be way back when all I had was that coffee mug.


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Kathinka K. Nakstad

Kathinka moved to San Francisco to pursue her BBA degree, with a major in marketing. Being form Norway, she time to time misses the different seasons (especially winters with snow). One of her hobbies consists of finding a part of a city and explore it for a whole day. Checking out cool boutiques, and the best places to eat. Two of her favorite places to visit are Budapest and Vienna. No wonder her dream job would be to travel the world and write about the places she visits.