Kiva opens new office in Nairobi, Kenya!

We're thrilled to announce that we launched our new office in Nairobi, Kenya last night! So thrilled that we are literally jumping for joy!

Kiva staff members celebrating outside the new office.

Why Nairobi?

We're so glad you asked! It was an obvious choice because we currently have 16 field partners in Kenya -- the most we have in one country! On top of that, the United States and Kenya are currently the only countries where we're growing the Kiva Zip pilot program.

What's even cooler, the office is located on the campus of one of our partners (our first tuition loan partner to be exact), Strathmore University. Strathmore is one of the leading private universities in Kenya, and Kiva is currently funding loans to help students pay for school and other expenses like laptops.

Strathmore's Business School -- where you'll find Kiva's new office!

We're excited to grow Kiva’s international presence and this is a great first step!

Kiva CEO Matt Flannery spoke at the launch. Kiva President Premal Shah was also on hand for the festivities.

Any questions about our new office? Send us an email at

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Emily Wakefield

A native of southern California, Emily is a recent graduate from Santa Clara University where she studied Economics and Spanish Studies. The highlight of her college experience was the semester she spent abroad in Granada, Spain. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in economic development after reading Half the Sky. Emily will be joining the Marketing and Communications team as a Blog and Social Media Intern and is especially excited to find new and creative ways to spread Kiva’s work to more people. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to country music, and re-watching Friends episodes for the millionth time.