Last night the Kiva family gathered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to celebrate five years of connecting people through lending. In a speech at the VIP reception, Kiva president Premal Shah asked the audience if they could name factors behind Kiva’s success. What is Kiva’s secret ingredient?


Fellows, interns, volunteers, and other pro-bono professionals play a huge role in allowing Kiva to keep its costs low and reach so many borrowers around the world.

Happy Birthday, Kiva. And thank you, Fellows.

Watch the Happy Birthday video created by Fellows around the world, here.


Casey Koppelson is a Kiva Fellow (KF12) based in San Francisco.

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