Ciara is a content creator who joined Kiva in December 2020. At Kiva, Ciara supports creative strategy with both visual and written content creation. She graduated with a B.A. in International Business and Marketing from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. As a first-generation American with parents from Ireland, Ciara has been surrounded by travel for her whole life and is deeply passionate about cross-cultural equity. She has two brothers, three dogs and loves to read, write, and photograph her way through her professional and personal lives.

Kiva Blog Updates

Jun 24, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

As people in many countries around the world celebrate Pride month, we’re sharing LGBTQ+ and allied voices from our community—like stories of Kiva borrowers and resources recommended by Kiva employees. 

We also wanted to connect with other organizations who are doing great work supporting a more inclusive world, so naturally we talked to Bill Burckart and Megan Kashner from Colorful Capital. Colorful Capital aims to provide capital support to businesses founded and led by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Like Kiva, they aim to strengthen economic opportunity by...

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May 29, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

May 29, 2022

At any given moment, Kiva’s website hosts thousands of borrower profiles and loan requests from all corners of the globe. As a result, many of these profiles require translation and editing before being made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP comprises hundreds of volunteers who review, translate and edit loans daily to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review about 16,000 loans per month. Their skills are so appreciated, and just last...

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May 27, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Kiki Bryant’s lending journey is an all-too-familiar tale. Like many U.S. borrowers, she was hesitant to apply for a small business loan and felt she was unqualified.

“I, like a lot of Black female creators and entrepreneurs, have a little bit of imposter syndrome,” said Kiki. “So, when I was approved, I was overjoyed. And then when I got funded in a frickin’ hour? I was like… woah.”

Kiki was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. A creative soul from a young age, she wrote and illustrated her first...

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May 17, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

What happens when a Visa executive willingly commits to taking a pie to the face? 

One thing’s for certain: an uptick in employee engagement.

Through their partnership with Kiva, Visa and Visa Foundation engaged over 82% of employees across 120 global offices in 2021… and won a Halo award.

The Visa Empowers campaign was awarded the Halo Awards Gold Prize for Best Employee Engagement Initiative in 2022, North America’s highest honor for ‘corporate social impact initiatives that showcase outstanding employee engagement efforts.’...

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Feb 22, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Kiran is going beyond the traditional expectations for women in Nepal. And with the help of Kiva lenders, going beyond her financial limitations too.

Meet Kiran from Kathmandu

Kiran, a college student studying business at the University of Kathmandu in Nepal, is using her Kiva loan to help fund her education. 

But, before she got to where she is today, Kiran found herself in a situation many Nepalese women face: being qualified, deserving, and eager to...

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Feb 22, 2022 KV Kiva HQ

Sweet success! With financial support, Zeppa turned her life-long passion for baking into a career.

In Harare, Zimbabwe, Zeppa has been filling happy stomachs with scones and cakes since she was ten years old. Decades later, Zeppa’s finally fulfilling the dream she’s always had: opening up her own bakery.

What kept Zeppa from pursuing her passion sooner? Unfortunately, many women around the world don't have access to basic financial services like savings accounts or loans....

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Dec 1, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

You help us change the world every day of the year, but it’s especially meaningful during the holiday season. Thank you for keeping the holidays bright for people everywhere.

As you read about holiday traditions around the globe, we invite you to add Kiva to your own giving traditions. Donating to Kiva helps us cover the cost of loans to new borrowers, groundbreaking projects, and so much more.

Read on to learn more about unique holidays from around the world, taking place in the very communities you...

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Oct 12, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

This year, make an impact with your giving. We’ve got your entire gift list covered!

First up: Kiva Cards. With a Kiva Card, recipients can choose a Kiva borrower to support, then re-lend the same funds again after getting repaid. They’re a perfect way to introduce family and friends to Kiva!

Then, explore the Kiva Store, where you can buy goods from borrowers around the world.

Last (but definitely not least), you can always pay it forward by lending. Whether it’s your...

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Oct 7, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

October 7, 2021

A key component of Kiva's efforts to connect people throughout the world is to partner with other trustworthy, high-impact organizations. We connect you with entrepreneurs in 65 different countries around the globe, and the truth is, we couldn’t do it without the help of our Field Partners.

The Field Partners we connect with are microfinance institutions or social enterprises. We make these connections through the Kiva Labs: Social Enterprises program,...

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Jul 25, 2021 KV Kiva HQ

The 2021 Kiva Games

In this moment of friendly global rivalry, we kicked off our first-ever Kiva Games competition. Lending teams and solo lenders from around the world went head-to-head, rallying teammates and supporting borrowers near and far. 

Every loan you made contributed to global unity, support and celebration. Your lending aids economic growth for people around the world. And who doesn’t love some...

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