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Volunteer spotlight: the 450 volunteers that translate millions of loans

Kiva loan applications are often not originally in English or are posted in countries where English is not the primary language. A team of volunteers with the Review and Translation Program (RTP) edit, translate and review our loans from around the world. More than 400 volunteers from Munich to Nova Scotia dedicate their time to contribute to Kiva's work. In the past 3 months, our volunteers have reviewed more than 36,063 loans!

This quarter we are celebrating two of our incredible volunteers: Martha and Laura! All our volunteers are motivated by the opportunity to expand global financial inclusion and a desire to keep their editing and translating skills sharp. We are incredibly thankful for their contribution and dedication to Kiva!

Martha Chaiklin

Kiva Volunteer of the Month, August 2019

“When there was a call for volunteers, I signed up.”

Location: Maryland
Language: English
Team: Only the Loanly
Time with Kiva: 2+ years
Outstanding Contributions: Record of 241 loans reviewed in a year and 533,728 lifetime words reviewed


Laura Kanost

Kiva Volunteer of the Month, September 2019

“I translate a loan every morning!”

Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Language: Spanish and Portuguese
Team: Latino Linguists
Time with Kiva: 4+ years
Outstanding Contributions: Record of 576 loans reviewed in a year and 260,753 lifetime words reviewed

Click here to learn more about RTP and opportunities to volunteer as a loan reviewer.

About the author

Casey Miller

Casey Miller is Kiva's content strategist in the Portland offices. She began her journey with Kiva as a New Media and Branding intern, then contracted as the content and media coordinator, now working full-time as a content strategist. Casey graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Journalism, and still uses this journalistic background in her storytelling at Kiva. With a passion for travel and cultural exchange, Casey seeks to spread the stories of our cultures and communities for those whose voices are often ignored.