After moving to Russia at the age of nineteen on a humanitarian aide mission, Blake spent years volunteering in impoverished cities, underfunded hospitals and orphanages and realized poverty in the developing world held great interest for him. After returning to the US to pursue a degree in Russian Linguistics from Brigham Young University, he began conducting research for FINCA International in central Asia, determining the economic impact of FINCA's programs in Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and central Russia. Seeing real change for the better in the lives of microfinance participants, he was hooked. Blake continues to explore his interests in the developing world while adjusting to his new found home in Sausalito. In his free time, he's usually in a movie theater, or writing about film for various online publications.

Kiva Blog Updates

Mar 26, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
With our 20th class of fellows currently in the field, the Kiva Fellows Program is well into reviewing applications for the next wave (dubbed KF21).

This next class happens to fall during the summer, giving graduate students the opportunity to gain invaluable field experience during their summer breaks. While the typical Kiva Fellow spends 16 weeks in the field, we also offer a small number of shorter-term fellowships during our summer class to accommodate these students. No doubt this has contributed to the all-time high in applications received -- up 36% from last class, and up... Continue Reading >>