Our 31st fellows class is hitting the field

Once again, we’ve welcomed our new fellow trainees to our headquarters in San Francisco to train them up on all things Kiva before their 6 month fellowships with our field partners. This fellows class is 18 strong and will be working with 36 field partners across 20 countries. The week was filled with early morning training sessions (fueled by coffee), afternoon lunches catered by local Kiva US borrowers and plenty of mock-borrower verifications to get a feel for the challenges they’ll undoubtedly face in the field.
Some of our favorite snapshots from training week are shared below. To keep in touch with these fellows in real-time follow the #KF31 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

Premal takes the floor and elicits some laughter with his inspiring opening message.

Conferring answers during a heated Jeopardy match.

Fellows meet with Kiva staff who are experts on the regions and partners they'll be visiting.

It's hard not to celebrate when you're about to embark on a new chapter and help people around the world.

The tradition continues: fellows pin themselves to our map-wall.

Good luck, KF31!


About the author

Aurora Lee

Aurora hails from New England and has a background in communications, systems management and economic development. She first realized her passion for nonprofits leveraging social media while working in web communications at MSF. She is incredibly excited to join the content team at Kiva and explore the juncture of technology and international development more thoroughly. She spent nearly a year working in Tanzania with students and was lucky enough to witness the spirit of small-scale entrepreneurship and how it impacts communities firsthand. She holds a BA from Princeton University where she concentrated in politics and was a member of the varsity swimming and diving team. Aurora is a long-suffering, occasionally jubilant, Arsenal fan and copes with being dog-less by volunteering at the SF SPCA.