Aurora hails from New England and has a background in communications, systems management and economic development. She first realized her passion for nonprofits leveraging social media while working in web communications at MSF. She is incredibly excited to join the content team at Kiva and explore the juncture of technology and international development more thoroughly. She spent nearly a year working in Tanzania with students and was lucky enough to witness the spirit of small-scale entrepreneurship and how it impacts communities firsthand. She holds a BA from Princeton University where she concentrated in politics and was a member of the varsity swimming and diving team. Aurora is a long-suffering, occasionally jubilant, Arsenal fan and copes with being dog-less by volunteering at the SF SPCA.

Kiva Blog Updates

Feb 3, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Hold onto your hats, Kiva just trained our 29th fellows class last week. Eighteen fellows came to town (San Francisco!) and joined us at our headquarters for a week of intense training before embarking on their assignments. We might be located in the United States but our fellows come from all over the world and this class was no different with 11 nationalities represented amongst them. This is one of the liveliest times of year in our office and we can’t help but share a few of our favorite behind-the-scenes photos. 
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Jan 29, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

Data head: Half the world's population lives in the yellow, half in the black.

Changing places: 1 in every 122 people is a refugee, internally displaced or asylum-seeking.

Like magic: This water bottle creates water from thin air.

Green news: Turning windmills on their heads...
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Dec 18, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Green news: New energy plans put Africa on track to be the cleanest content.
Mental exercises: Diversity helps you think better.
Coming to an agreement: A South African negotiating technique is used to get 195 countries to gain consensus.
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Dec 4, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Back to school: Camfed teaches women how to be leaders in their communities.

Featured story: The Economist takes a look at our field partner EarthSpark.

Imagine: What would the world look like with better data?

Positive outlook: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are optimistic about philanthropy.

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Nov 20, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Attention all educators and parents!
Thanks to a generous donation, Kiva is able to give away FREE Kiva Credits for classrooms or clubs to learn about the world through microfinance.
Just send an email to Kiva U with 1 sentence or more, answering this question:
How do you (or how will you) use Kiva in your classroom or school club?
We’ll send you as many credits as you need* for each of your students to try lending for...
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Nov 6, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Beautiful and other-worldly: the Fukang Meteorite is a wonder to behold.
10 million reasons: Our direct-lending program reaches $10 million lent!

Must see: CGAP's annual photo contest highlights how different people around the world access financial services.

Hope: A transformational story of a farmer from one of our Field Partners.

Fun and sweet: National flags made from national foods.

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Oct 23, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Health tips: Elephants have a secret weapon to staying cancer free in their genes.

The tech track: Nairobits teaches young girls to code in Kenya. 
A fluffy recluse: This magic rabbit hasn't been seen in 20 years.

Must watch: If you build a robot, that...
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Oct 9, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Making strides: Global poverty predicted to fall below 10% for the first time.
Sweet news: A beekeeping program in Chicago keeps the formerly incarcerated out of jail.

The first ripple: The world's first solar-powered airport is flourishing.
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Sep 25, 2015 KV Kiva HQ

Moving: Follow these photographers as they journey to a new place.

Double bottom line: Kickstart become a public benefit corp.

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Sep 16, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
It may be hard to believe (we’re still in shock!) but we just hosted our twenty-eighth class of Kiva Fellows here at our headquarters in San Francisco. Before embarking on their 4 month fellowships, fellows join us in SF for a week of action-packed training. Kiva knows that people around the world endeavor to help each other and this class exemplifies that with 30 fellows from 12 different countries joining together to volunteer with Kiva in 10 countries and 7 cities across the US. 
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