What's Making Fellows in the Field Smile this Week?

Our 27th Kiva Fellow class has been in the field for a few weeks now and we’re excited to share a few of their sights and experiences getting settled into the new countries, new homes and new assignments. We asked our fellows, “What made you smile this week?” and here are some responses:


Carly Schwartz | Mexico City, Mexico
“Two guys ran into the middle of the largest, busiest thoroughfare, Avenida de los Insurgentes in Mexico City, to perform and solicit donations every time there’s a red light.”


Supharin Chatt | Bay Area, United States
“Randomly running into a Kiva Zip borrower serving her signature Chino Latino beverages with the biggest and most genuine smile!”


Laura Joy | Colombia
“Hearing this borrower excitedly talk about his workshop and passion for making traditional wooden toys like this spinning top!”


Kate O’Brien | Cambodia
“Having a coconut delivered to my desk instead of my usual double latte”


Erin Power | Los Angeles, United States
“My first borrower, Angela successfully reached her funding goals on Kiva Zip for her gumbo business. She was really excited for me to try her vegan and regular gumbo specialities!”


Karen MacKay | Chicago
“Had an amazing breakfast with a funded Kiva borrower at his restaurant serving chicken sausages! It was amazing!” 


About the author

Tiffany Mau

Born and raised in Southern California, Tiff is a bubbly and extroverted gal who traded her flip flops for rain boots when she moved to the Bay Area for college. Currently, Tiff is a junior at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Media Studies and Psychology. After traveling with World Vision to Zambia, Tiff grew her heart and passion for poverty alleviation and anti human trafficking causes. Since middle school, Tiff has been involved with Kiva as a lender and is excited and eager to join the Kiva team this summer to learn what goes on behind the scenes and how to empower people to be self sufficient. Post graduation, Tiff hopes to combine her expertise in media, marketing strategies, psychology background and unending optimism to make a lasting and positive impact for victims of social injustice. Tiff is a Christian, contemporary dancer, lover of ice cream, boba addict, Disney fan and adventure seeker.