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Volunteer Spotlight: “It’s wonderful to connect with people worldwide.”

June 25, 2021

At any given moment, Kiva’s website hosts thousands of borrower profiles and loan requests from all corners of the globe. As a result, many of these profiles require translation and editing before they can be made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP is composed of hundreds of volunteers that review, translate and edit loans on a daily basis in order to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review at least 16,000 loans per month. Their skills are so appreciated and just last year, they contributed to $141,536,950 in fully funded loans.

This month, we want to shine the spotlight on three individual volunteers: Zoe, Pamela, and Richard. We are so incredibly grateful for these individuals who dedicate a large portion of their time to empowering borrowers and creating a more financially inclusive world. Without their contributions and the efforts of all RTP volunteers, Kiva wouldn’t have the same capacity to support borrowers.

Zoe Benston
Kiva Volunteer of the Month, April 2021

“Kiva helps to distribute wealth from the wealthy nations to the poor nations.”


City: Minneapolis, MN
Language: English
Team: Only the Loanly
Time with Kiva: 8 years, 1 month
Outstanding contributions to Kiva: A lover of anthropomorphizing objects, Zoe has reviewed over 3,000 loans since 2013.

Pamela Allyn
Kiva Volunteer of the Month, May 2021

“Volunteering with Kiva allows me to travel all over the world, and I get to see pictures and stories from other countries.”

City: Wenatchee, WA
Language: Spanish
Team: Los Kivatores
Time with Kiva: 6 years, 1 month
Outstanding contributions to Kiva: Since she began volunteering in 2015, Pamela has reviewed over 1,300 loans.

Richard Neuman
Kiva Volunteer of the Month, June 2021

“It’s wonderful to connect with people worldwide that I wouldn’t usually connect with.”

Location: California
Language: English
Team: Kivaliers
Time with Kiva: 7 years, 6 months
Outstanding contributions to Kiva: Richard has reviewed over 5,200 loans since he joined Kiva in 2013.


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About the author

Anna Gravois

Anna Gravois was born and raised in small town Louisiana, surrounded by a mixture of Belarusian and Cajun-French influences. As a result, she has always been curious about the intersection of culture, language, and identity, and how these factors come to shape individual experiences.  This curiosity quickly evolved into an interest in communication between different cultures, which formed the basis of her studies (along with the French language) at Santa Clara University. This is where she first became interested in discovering a way to facilitate local and global connections within the scope of nonprofit work in order to work towards a more equitable world. She is excited to join Kiva as an intern, learn more about the nonprofit sector, and connect with the 430+ international volunteers that are a vital part of the Review and Translation Program.