Thanks to your generosity, Kiva had a record-breaking International Women's Day celebration to support women around the world! In 1 week, Kiva lenders and supporters funded nearly $4.5 million in loans to women, and $2.7 million on International Women's Day alone.
More loans were funded on International Women's Day 2016 than on any other day in Kiva's history!
More than 40,000 lenders participated during the week, and more than 14,000 women borrowers were successfully funded.
Kiva lenders helped activate $1 million in matching funds provided by PepsiCo Foundation, Pearson, Fossil Foundation and other generous donors. Not only did you blow away our original goal of lending $1 million to women in 1 week, you blew away the stretch goal of $2 million.
Thank you for taking action for women this International Women's Day. More women will be able to pursue their dreams and build better lives, and more communities will prosper. Because when you invest in her, you invest in change!
You can still join us in this effort today, and every day, by choosing a woman entrepreneur, farmer or student and lending as little as $25.
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.