As Senior Director, Partner Investments, Kathy leads the global team that deploys Kiva’s crowdfunded capital toward microfinance institutions and social enterprises operating at scale. She joined Kiva in 2009 and was initially based in Dakar, Senegal and Beirut, Lebanon, working directly with Kiva partners. She subsequently managed Kiva’s portfolio of investments in Francophone Africa before assuming leadership roles overseeing Kiva’s investments in Europe and Asia and Africa and the Middle East. In 2019, she led a redesign of Kiva’s core investment product, and is currently focused on growing Kiva’s funding footprint and deepening Kiva’s work to economically empower women. Before Kiva, she worked in marketing and publishing, and earned her BA from Cornell University.

Kiva Blog Updates

Jul 30, 2019 KV Kiva HQ

We’re constantly working hard to improve the Kiva experience for lenders, borrowers and Field Partners. One improvement we’ve been working on relates to the way Kiva loans are affected by foreign currency fluctuations. Foreign currency fluctuation against the US dollar has a significant impact on our Field Partners and we’re excited that we’ve created a solution we think will be effective in addressing this problem. Field Partners in some regions now have the option to pass on all currency exchange risk to lenders, enabling them to better manage their cash flow and serve more borrowers...

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Dec 3, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva is very excited to welcome our first partner in Egypt, and our first partner in northern Africa, Together Association for Development and Environment. TADE has been working to improve the environment and livelihoods in rural regions of Egypt since 2006. TADE provides poor people with business classes and individualized entrepreneurship coaching, as well as microloans. To improve community health, TADE also establishes community sewer systems, composting programs and housing improvement programs.

Mahasen is one of...
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Dec 9, 2013 KV Kiva HQ

Because Kiva lenders are social investors, the crowdfunded capital from Kiva's website can help places and organizations that commercial capital isn’t willing or able to serve, including countries and regions affected by conflict, war and political unrest. In my time working for Kiva as Field Support Specialist for Francophone Africa and the Middle East and Portfolio Manager for Francophone and North Africa, I’ve had the privilege of working with a variety of microfinance institutions (MFIs) serving conflict-affected areas such as Palestine, Mali and the Democratic...
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Apr 3, 2012 KV Kiva HQ
Please join me in bidding a warm welcome to Kiva’s newest field partner, ACEP Cameroun!

The Agence de Crédit pour l’Entreprise Privée au Cameroun (ACEP Cameroun) works to "contribute in an efficient way towards the fight against poverty through microcredit loans to micro-enterprises." In 2005, ACEP began operating independently of its co-founding organizations, the Cameroon Ministry of Industry & Economics and the French Agency for Development, and has since grown to serve over 8,500 entrepreneurs in Cameroon’s bustling urban areas.

ACEP is determined, now more...
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Dec 27, 2011 KV Kiva HQ

photo credit: Relief International

Please join me in warmly welcoming Kiva’s newest field partner, Relief International-Iraq, to!

Relief International-Iraq (RI-Iraq) first began lending activities in 2006, and now operates 10 branches throughout the country. With a significant group lending portfolio, RI-Iraq serves over 9,700 clients a with a low average loan size of $959. They serve a...
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Oct 31, 2011
Please join me in welcoming Al-Amal Microfinance Bank, Kiva’s first field partner in Yemen, to! Al-Amal Microfinance Bank began lending activities in 2009, and has since grown at an impressive rate. Today, Al-Amal is the largest Microfinance Institution in Yemen despite its newness. AMB has disbursed over 30,000 loans and serves clients out of 14 branch offices located throughout Yemen. As of August 2011, 28% of Al-Amal’s active borrowers were youth, and 58% were women.

Al-Amal is the first microfinance institution in the Arab world to offer...
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Aug 14, 2011 KV Kiva HQ

Please join me in welcoming Kiva’s newest field partner, Maya, our first field partner in Turkey! Maya was by its parent organization, the Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work, a Turkish NGO whose mission is to improve womens’ economic well-being and quality of life, in 2002 in the wake of the disastrous Marmara earthquake. Now an officially registered economic enterprise under the auspices of KEDV, Maya operates 5 branch offices located throughout Northwestern Turkey.

True to the vision of its founders, Maya serves an all-female clientele...

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Jul 13, 2011 KV Kiva HQ
Kiva’s newest partner is Finadev-Benin! Finadev-Benin has been providing microcredit services to Beninois people since 2001, making it the oldest private microfinance institution in Benin. They currently operate 6 branch offices, with about 5,600 active borrowers.

Benin’s many entrepreneurs are served by an active microfinance sector, and Finadev has played a significant role since the very beginning.

Having grown together for nearly 10 years, FINADEV's staff...
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Apr 18, 2011
Written by Kathy Guis, Field Support Specialist Francophone Africa and the Middle East

Please join Kiva in welcoming Micro Start (Action des Femmes pour le Développement), Kiva’s newest field partner, and our first partner in Burkina Faso! Headquartered in Ouagadougou (the country's capital city), Micro Start was founded by women to serve women. The institution was born when a group of 8 women, each of whom had significant experience in business and microfinance, pooled their own funds in order to found an institution that would support poor women entrepreneurs through... Continue Reading >>
Mar 30, 2011

Please join me in bidding a warm welcome to Kiva’s new field partner in Jordan, Alwatani (National Microfinance Bank). Alwatani has been providing microcredit services to low- and middle-income Jordanians since 2006. Through its 10 branch offices located throughout the country, Alwatani serves approximately 25,000 entrepreneurs.

During my training visit to Alwatani’s offices, I had the pleasure of meeting not just their staff, but some of their borrowers as well. Their staff is warm, committed, and proud of all that their institution has accomplished in its 5 years. And I must say, I... Continue Reading >>