“One of the things I hear over and over again is refugees who say ‘I want to be seen not as a refugee, but an entrepreneur’”
10/6/22 — Tess Murphy, Director of Strategic Partnerships, weighed in on how Kiva’s unique approach to employee engagement campaigns can help organizations stand out among employees
8/8/22 — Spencer MacColl, Kiva’s Director of Impact, about the struggle social enterprises face when measuring impact. He speaks about the barriers and how the industry can do better
6/21/22 — Improved quality of life, increased incomes, better resilience against economic shock—the results confirm the positive social impact of microfinance, with no better source for this information than the clients themselves
5/18/22 — Campaign awarded for Best Employee Engagement Initiative, North America’s highest honor for ‘corporate social impact initiatives that showcase outstanding employee engagement efforts.’
“Our commitment to financial inclusion extends beyond the soccer pitch in our partnership with Kiva. For so long now, women have struggled because we have been denied the opportunities and the investment to truly show our value. By providing these micro loans, women entrepreneurs are given the capital needed to start, operate, and market their businesses in a financial climate where they may otherwise be locked out.”
Becky Sauerbrunn Professional soccer player for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League
“I’ve worked at this organization for 12 years because I’ve witnessed first-hand how truly impactful our community can be when we work together to make a difference. We’re working to scale our efforts in order to reach more people around the world and empower them with financial services.”
Kathy Guis Vice President of Investments, Kiva
“In lieu of a financial profit from the money you lend, you get something that, in my opinion, is more valuable: the chance to make a tangible difference in the world and to impact a stranger's life in a positive, permanent way.”
Jesse Seaver Huffington Post
Following their major victory for equality in sport earlier in the year, Women’s Soccer (USWNTPA) launched a partnership with Kiva to support BIPOC and women entrepreneurs across the country
Kathy has over a decade of experience in the impact investments space at Kiva, overseeing investments in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. As the Vice President of Investments, Kathy leads the global team who deploys Kiva’s crowdfunded capital towards social enterprises and microfinance institutions around the world, working to maximize impact while mitigating risk.
For nearly 10 years, Chad has led Kiva’s international and U.S. lending and investing programs, policies, and operations. With experience living and working in Vietnam, Peru, Kyrgyzstan, and more, Chad provides a global perspective on impact investing that centers the communities we aim to serve.
As Kiva’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, Tess has worked closely with organizations such as PepsiCo, Visa, IT Cosmetics, and more, to deliver impactful and mutually beneficial campaigns. From corporate social responsibility to employee engagement, Tess offers a fresh perspective on how organizations can reach their goals while simultaneously contributing to global good.
Don’s career spans more than three decades in HR service delivery, talent acquisition, and organizational development. As Executive Vice President of People & Places, he is leading Kiva through a remote-first evolution and provides a perspective that is both rooted in inclusion and centered on employee engagement.
With over 9 years of experience at Kiva and a history of working directly with refugees, Lev is passionate about refugee support and development and provides a unique perspective on the impact microfinance can make on the lives of people who are forcibly displaced.
Eli Cherner serves as the Director of Kiva’s US program and works to help financially excluded populations in the United States gain access to economic opportunity. With experience managing venture philanthropy for early-stage, high-impact social enterprises, Eli is a mission-driven professional committed to creating the most positive impact in the work he does.