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

Dec 19, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

On our wish list:
The most beautiful (and difficult) 1000 color puzzle.
40 years:
Newly released photograph series captures sisterly bond over four decades.
What you didn't know you needed:
A clock that gives you the current time in color.
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Dec 5, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Big win:
Grant for Digital Financial Services Innovation lab announced.
Wise words:
7 pieces of advice from 7 years at the helm of Brain Pickings.
What you can't see but still exists:
The night sky as viewed from modern cities without light pollution.
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Nov 21, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Internet win:
The internet fixes Barbie and helps encourage young girls everywhere to pursue STEM.
That's our jam:
The free Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on Google Play had us dancing around HQ.

Mark your calendar:
December 4th Twitter chat for mobile banking & other ICT solutions....
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Nov 7, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Breaking the mold:
GoldieBlox releases an inspiring new toy to inspire young female engineers.  

Beat of a different drum:
A new take on visualizing rhythm.

Speaking of our history:
A wonderful map of old world language families.

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Oct 31, 2014 ID Indonesia, JO Jordan, NI Nicaragua, US United States
It’s hard to believe our 25th class of fellows (KF25) has been in the field for nearly 6 weeks now. They’ve already accomplished so much outstanding work with our field partners and trustees and have reported some great stories with fantastic pictures. 
Here are some highlights we couldn’t resist sharing with you:
Ignacio in Nicaragua stops by for lunch at Kiva borrower Blanca’s food stand.

Caroline captures an amazing sunset in Bali.
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Oct 24, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Pancake apes?
This dad teaches his kids about primates in a creative (and mesmerizing) manner.

New in tech:
Hoverboards are real. Real. Sign us up.

Amazing feats:
Would you plant a forest to save your home? This man in India is doing just that.
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Oct 10, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Need to know:
This Saturday is International Day of the Girl, here's why gender equality is still incredibly important.

Old and new:
Modern architecture blending seamlessly around historical buildings.

Crayola evolution:
Colorful chart depicting how diverse crayon colors have become.
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Oct 9, 2014 IN India, ID Indonesia, KE Kenya, XK Kosovo, MW Malawi

Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi

I have seen many beautiful things this week; amazing sunsets, cute children, delicious food but when I went to visit a group of villagers last week it was their 'gratitude' and sense of community that struck me as beautiful. It was something I 'felt'.
They had already been part of a successful dairy cow initiative and had been chosen for the new pig program between my field partner SSLLP, supported by Kiva.
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Oct 3, 2014 KH Cambodia, SV El Salvador, IN India, US United States, VN Vietnam
Vardah Malik, KF25 in Vietnam

After visiting the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum in Hanoi, a colleague and I grabbed some street food. That's vermicelli noodles, tofu and spring rolls you're seeing. Delish.

Trista Li, KF25 in Chicago, USA

Pumpkins are in! Halloween is coming! Chicago is a town that is much charming!
I have to say that I had a great first week. The...
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Oct 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ

Healthy heart:
The health benefits of rock climbing go beyond the physical.

We can change:
Indoor air pollution kills 4 million a year but there are solutions.

The one thing I saved:
Powerful photoessay from Gaza.

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