Over the last year we have all been hearing about the impact of the recession around the globe. It does not just affect big retailers and multinational corporations, but also small retailers working with producer communities and artisans. Some of these retailers are cancelling orders, resulting in an inventory build up for many fair trade producer groups. Last year, our friends Priya Haji and Robert Chatwani launched WorldofGood.com, an online, ethical, multi-seller marketplace that is based on the concept of connecting small producers around the world to consumers in the U.S. market. With the state of the economy and the uncertainty facing many of these producer groups in mind, they have collected some of this overstock and created a special promotion for Kiva users: For every transaction through the WorldofGood.com/Kiva, $5 will be donated back to Kiva!
Not only can this help producer communities and artisans during such a crucial time (WorldofGood.com works with artisan producers in over 70 countries) but it also helps Kiva! Help spread the word and keep WorldofGood.com/Kiva bookmarked, because this promotion will run through the end of the year. Right now, more than ever, whatever you choose to spend is a vote to help companies with good purpose survive.
Chelsa has been with Kiva from the beginning and was responsible for establishing Kiva's Microfinance Partnerships program where she managed a great deal of relationships with Kiva's Field Partners, primarily in Africa, and oversaw Kiva's Microfinance Operations programs; Inventory Management and Kiva's expansive Fellows Program. Chelsa is currently responsible for growing and further engaging Kiva's community through three channels: Kiva Lending Teams, Social Networks, and Events. Prior to Kiva, Chelsa was a Corporate Recruiter and Immigration Specialist with Barclays Global Investors. She returned to the U.S. following a period of extensive world travel and work abroad; including Social Work with HIV-positive children in South Africa and tsunami relief efforts in Thailand and Indonesia. Chelsa received her B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University, and has completed certifications in Social Performance Management, Framework for Reporting/Analysis/Monitoring/ Evaluation (FRAME), Behavioral Interviewing/Talent Selection, Risk Management Strategies, and Human Resources Management.