Diana was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where she graduated College with a Law Degree. After one year working with Constitutional Rights and Freedom of Speech in Brazil, she decided to move to the Bay Area. In San Francisco she graduated from Hult IBS with a Master’s degree in International Business. Diana then discovered a passion for online marketing and data analytics. While at Kiva, she wants to help all the entrepreneurs tell their stories, while driving even more people to Kiva.org. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and the empowerment of women, and hopes to learn tons about micro credit and community development. She also loves traveling to new places and collecting stories and laughter from across the globe!

Kiva Blog Updates

Jun 15, 2022 PS Palestinian Territory
Najah's Kiva loan helped her start a business from a refugee camp.

Najah lives with her 5 children in a refugee camp in the West Bank near Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world. Her husband spends most of the week in Israel due to his work, so she runs the household and the business. 

Having taken out a loan through Kiva to help build her business, Najah is living up to her name, which means “success” in Arabic, by running a successful venture raising sheep and goats to sell milk and...

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Jun 27, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This the second of our stories in our series spotlighting U.S. businesses in celebration of Independence Day.

“After years of working for someone else, I decided it was time to pursue my dream of bringing the food of my childhood to my new home.”

You can tell Guadalupe is a passionate woman from the moment you place your order at El Pipila. She is constantly moving around assembling the plates, but keeping an eye on everything that’s going on, making sure everyone receives the best service.

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Jun 17, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Liz Fish

Leila is constantly smiling, and beams with pride when talking about her farm. But behind her sunny exterior, she carries a story of extreme hardship and perseverance.

Leila used to live in Ochamchire, in the coastal region of Abkhazia, situated in the north-western corner of Georgia. She was forced to leave her home, her roots and everything she knew in 1989 due to a regional conflict that eventually developed into a war between Georgia and Russia, led to Abkhazia formally...

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Jun 16, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur.

Story by Kiva Fellow Nina Patel and Diana Silva, Kiva marketing intern. Photos by Nina Patel.

For Kone, a designer and tailor, achieving his dream of owning his own business in Nairobi has been a long journey, both mentally and physically.

In 2002, he was the proud owner of a stable and prosperous tailoring business in his native Côte d’Ivoire, when his life was turned upside...

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Jun 9, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This is a guest post from John Carroll, Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp, to celebrate our new partnership.

Today, we're proud to make the Yelp and Kiva partnership official. Together, we can help even more small, local businesses work towards their dreams. Since 2013, Yelp and Kiva have collaborated to provide small businesses with the capital and exposure they need to succeed.

As a leading nonprofit providing crowdfunded loans, Kiva gives small businesses in the U.S. access to 0% interest capital through “social underwriting.” When... Continue Reading >>
May 31, 2016 AM Armenia

Often when we think of education loans on Kiva, we  think of helping a student finish school and join the workforce. But Artur's story represents the other side of this coin. Artur is a university professor, and his Kiva loan was also an education loan - but one that enabled this teacher to provide a better learning experience to his students and to publish a book on conflict resolution.

Artur in his classroom

Currently a professor at the Yerevan State University in Armenia, Artur took out...

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Apr 21, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

April is the Month of Microfinance...

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Apr 14, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

This month the Kiva community was joined by amazing organizations doing good around the world. All these organizations empower individuals and give them the opportunities to improve their lives and of those around them. From empowering smallholder farmers with access to markets and providing jobs and higher education to low income youths to creating a network of successful women to...

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Mar 23, 2016 KV Kiva HQ

We have welcomed some great partners in the past month on Kiva. They strive to increase organic production of eggs and share the benefits of responsible tourism with small communities in Thailand, and expand access to market for Indonesian smallholder farmers. Learn more about the changes these organizations are bringing about for these local families!


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Mar 2, 2016 GT Guatemala, KV Kiva HQ
Photos by Kelly Diggins

Tecpan is a town located in the central plateau region of Guatemala, about 2 hours drive from Guatemala City. In one of its rural communities live 9 women with unique businesses, ranging from weaving to agriculture, who joined together to create the lending group Las Girasoles Tecpanecas (the Tecpan Sunflowers).

The Tecpan Sunflowers: Fidelina, Irma, Dolores, Maria...
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