Kiva Graduates 49 New Kiva Fellows

Last Monday, we welcomed 49 dynamic individuals to the Kiva office to train them to become our newest Kiva Fellows team! The Kiva Fellows Program recruits, trains and deploys skilled volunteers for three to four month assignments working directly with our Field Partners.

By Friday of last week, we had graduated the group as official Kiva Fellows to be deployed to locations all around the globe, including among others Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru and the Philippines.

Over the coming weeks and months you can keep up with this group of Kiva Fellows by reading their blogs on Kiva Stories from the Field. And for a "Who's Who" of this group of Fellows, keep your eye on the Kiva Fellows Bio page to learn more about this inspiring group of individuals pursuing a path of service while helping Kiva to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

The Kiva Fellowship Program attracts a creative bunch as we've seen in the past with Fistful of Dollars: The Story of a Kiva Loan (also in French and Spanish), KivaVision, a Typical Day in the Life of a Kenyan Woman and the first ever Kiva comic book.

If you'd like to consider being a Kiva Fellow yourself, applications have closed for the January 2010 class, however you can apply for the 2010 summer class. Click here for details.

About the author

JD Bergeron

JD is responsible for ensuring that Kiva maintains and grows its core commitment to the disadvantaged beneficiary of its internet platform. He leads the development and execution of Kiva's social performance strategy, which entails measuring, providing judgment on and communicating the social performance of Kiva's operations including its MFI Field Partners and new product initiatives. After growing the Kiva Fellows Program into a critical contributor to Kiva's success and one of the largest and most sought after networks of microfinance volunteers in the world, he gladly accepted the challenge of developing the social performance practice at Kiva. JD brings over fourteen years of leadership and program development experience both in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to Kiva, he built robust systems to achieve $3M as Director of Resource Development at ACCION International, served with the U.S. Peace Corps in a poor, rural region of Bulgaria, and held senior roles at a variety of early stage companies during periods of rapid growth. JD holds a BA in Russian Language and Comparative Literature from Washington University in Saint Louis.