Aug 26, 2009 KV Kiva HQ
By JD Bergeron
The Kiva Chronicles blog is back!

In his last post on his blog on the Skoll Foundation's Social Edge, Matt Flannery talked about his experiment with Twitter. After a few successful months, he decided to continue the experiment. While he will pop in from time to time, while he's away we have new voices to tell Kiva's unfolding story.

Kiva has been very fortunate to draw a diverse pool of volunteer Kiva Fellows who fulfill Kiva's mission in places around the globe. Whether a language student with extensive experience living in the developing world, a young professional in the financial or technology sector, or a career changer with more experience but hoping to add that rare on-the-ground international work experience, these Kiva Fellows are inspiring social entrepreneurs in their own right.

Each week, we will share the thoughts of a different fellow.

As a good first start, please welcome Joel Carlman, who has been working in Kisumu, Kenya, with Kisumu Medical and Education Trust, one of Kiva's field partners.

Click here to read his post, On Buoyancy.

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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.

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