A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Becca graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, where she majored in Writing. After college, she joined Teach for America and taught high school Spanish in a rural Louisiana town. She spent a summer working on organic farms in Spain, and another summer studying urban development in Medellin, Colombia. In high school, she served as a Page for the U.S. House of Representatives. She is particularly interested in harnessing the power of storytelling to connect people and drive progress.

Fellows Blog Posts by Becca Levine

Jun 29, 2018 CO Colombia

Judith beside the sewing machine she bought with her Kiva loan.

My birthday was fast approaching and I was having an emergency. I had nothing to wear. This might seem like a small problem, but here in Colombia, the “rumba” – the party – reigns supreme and if you don’t look fabulous, you might as well stay home. Besides, my birthday was to fall on a Saturday, an astrological phenomenon that cannot be taken for granted. The 23rd of June must be celebrated from the moment it...

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May 23, 2018 GT Guatemala

Elena (right) and Martina in the cooperative's shop.

Doña Micaela sits on the floor, knees on a straw mat and a spool of cotton thread whittled in her hand. Behind her is a display of natural dyes, labeled for tourists. “Can I please take a picture of you?” I ask her in Spanish. “She doesn’t understand,” her colleague, Doña Elena, answers. Elena translates my words to Tz’utujil, one of the 21 indigenous languages in Guatemala. Micaela smiles and nods. Micaela and Elena are members of Ixoq...

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Dec 5, 2017 SV El Salvador

Go to any home in El Salvador and you are sure to encounter one thing:   A working sink? No. Air conditioning? No. A flushing toilet? Maybe.   The one thing you’re guaranteed to see is a hammock. They’re as much of a Salvadorian staple as the pupusa, and they’re woven ubiquitously throughout the culture. I’ve conducted many a borrower verification sitting on a hammock, across from the interviewee on the hammock parallel. I’ve eaten dinner on a hammock. I’ve fallen asleep on many hammocks.

María Santos...
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Oct 18, 2017 CR Costa Rica

The town is called San Cristobal Norte – or Sacrin for short – and remember that name because I might never make it out. It’s mid-afternoon, but I am sitting in the dark and the rain outside has culminated into a monotone shriek. So much for the borrower visit I was supposed to do today.   My compañeros at this Field Partner – Grupo Finca – didn't know Tropical Storm Nate would hit Costa Rica. Nobody did. Still, it swept into Sacrin in the middle of the night, where I was sleeping in the home of some of its employees.

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Aug 25, 2017 CR Costa Rica

Susan Jeannette Fernandez Chavez is a 29 year-old Kiva borrower and artisan whose crafts leave a profound impact on her community. I sat down with her to discuss her journey to the arts, her passion for child development, and the importance of supporting artists.   Check out her crafts here. And yes, she ships internationally!
Susan at work in her studio.
  Me: When did you figure out that you wanted to make art?   Susan: I wanted to create something that was mine, that had my name. At the time I was... Continue Reading >>


Aug 1, 2017 CR Costa Rica

I have been in Costa Rica for two weeks and so far I’ve been to a wedding, a baptism, and a birthday party.

Taiwan may be the newly crowned World’s Friendliest Country, but I’d say that Costa Rica gives it some heavy competition.

I had heard something of Tico hospitality before arriving, but I had brushed it off as one of those things that every culture lays...

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