Kiva welcomed San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee to headquarters last week to discuss city policies, football and, most importantly, to celebrate the growing relationship between Kiva and the City of San Francisco.
In October, San Francisco became the first municipal Kiva Zip trustee in the country. This partnership allows the city to identify and endorse the smallest of small businesses, who are often overlooked by traditional municipal Small Business Bureaus, for loans up to $5,000 with 0% interest. 
Even the smallest business is invaluable to the community, providing jobs, access and reliability to the area. San Francisco showed its commitment to small businesses by becoming a Kiva Zip trustee, but you don’t have to run a city to be part of this important work. Trustees come in a variety of forms including: economic development organizations, community-based organizations, local businesses and even individuals. Kiva has also partnered with district supervisors in San Francisco who can endorse entrepreneurs in their districts. Supervisor Mark Farrell has already endorsed two entrepreneurs in his district who have fully funded on Kiva Zip and is eager to use his network to help small business owners in his neighborhood.
Last year across the U.S., Kiva Zip connected over 15,000 lenders to support 410 entrepreneurs with over $1.6 million. Support from cities like San Francisco will help us reach even more borrowers.
If you are an entrepreneur that could benefit from the Kiva Zip program please visit us at
If you know of an entrepreneur please contact us at
To learn about the work Kiva Zip has done in San Francisco check out this impact summary

Kiva warmly welcomes the Mayor of San Francisco, who addressed the office and expressed his excitement to be working with Kiva to empower the small businessmen and women of San Francisco

The mayor engages in a Q&A with Kiva staff

Premal Shah and the mayor get animated in discussing the future of Kiva with Matt Flannery

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Aurora Lee

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.