Welcome KF26!

Flash back to 8:30 on Monday morning: Brace yourself, that hot coffee in your hand is about to become useless. Behind the Kiva doors lies the reason why: our newest fellows class, the 26th(!!!) Kiva has sent into the field, has descended on our headquarters in San Francisco for a week of training. 
Last week was, simply put, a whirlwind. We welcomed 34 new fellows to the Kiva family from an amazing 12 different countries and sought to teach them everything they’d need to know for their assignment. Our farthest fellow is traveling from San Francisco to South Africa this week but others will be joining her across the world in places like India, Peru, Samoa and even New York City. Below are highlights from training week, be sure to follow their work via #KF26 on Twitter and Instagram.
It’s a takeover! A few fellows took over our Instagram account last week and shared Fellows Week from their perspective.
Fellows training isn’t all fun and games, but sometimes it is. The red ball gets passed around as the fellows answer questions.

Study, study: KF26 gets to work learning everything they can about Kiva, the partners they’re visiting and our borrowers.

During graduation each fellows pins their tag where they’re going on the world map.

The whole office cheers on the fellows as they graduate - it’s really exciting!

A wild and crazy bunch – good luck, KF26!


About the author

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.