Jul 23, 2009
By Chelsa Bocci
Kiva Friends Challenge One Another!


On July 15, 2009 avid Kiva supporters from KivaFriends.org challenged each other to break a new record. They wanted to have as many people as possible associated with “KivaFriends.org” show up under their lender avatar (profile picture) on a single loan. They chose to loan to the Esperanza 2006 group from El Alto / La Paz, Bolivia working with Pro Mujer. They were hugely successful with 85 Kiva Friends lending to the group before it was fully funded. Their previous record involved 65 participants, so this was a vast improvement!

This is yet one more creative idea coming from KivaFriends.org and we are continuously impressed! They have mastered the concept of creating friendly challenges that allow their members to both support an entrepreneur and raise awareness for their Lending Team. We would encourage other lending teams and groups to follow in their footsteps and challenge their own members. Other challenges could include a friendly competition between another team, a Loan-A-Thon, or a new member recruitment challenge. We love to see our committed community get creative!

We want to thank KivaFriends.org and all Kiva lenders for their continued support and enthusiasm for Kiva!

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Chelsa was part of the founding team at Kiva in 2005 and was responsible early on for establishing Kiva's global 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 leading Kiva's Marketing and Community teams, which includes Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Content Management, Community Engagement and Support. 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.

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