Volunteer spotlight: "It provides me with perspective and a sense of purpose."

October 7, 2021


At any given moment, Kiva’s website hosts thousands of borrower profiles and loan requests from all corners of the globe. As a result, many of these profiles require translation and editing before being made visible to the public. This is where the Review and Translation Program (RTP) steps in.

RTP comprises hundreds of volunteers who review, translate and edit loans daily to see them fundraise on the Kiva site. These individuals typically review about 16,000 loans per month. Their skills are so appreciated, and just last year, they contributed to $141,536,950 in fully funded loans.

This month, we want to spotlight three individual volunteers: Liv, Holly, and Gina. We are incredibly grateful for these individuals who dedicate a large portion of their time to empowering borrowers and creating a more financially inclusive world. Without their contributions and the efforts of all RTP volunteers, Kiva wouldn’t have the same capacity to support borrowers.

 




Liv Bliss
Kiva Volunteer of the Month, July 2021

“I’m addicted to the community, the support, the encouragement, the sense of camaraderie, and just generally making myself useful.”



Location: Arizona
Language: Russian
Team: Russiva
Time with Kiva: 3 years, 11 months
Outstanding contributions to Kiva: Since she began volunteering in 2017, Liv has translated over 154,781 words.
 




Holly Pierce
Kiva Volunteer of the Month, August 2021

“I imagine Kiva as the critical center of facilitating these kinds of connections. It also provides me with perspective and a sense of purpose.”




Location: California
Language: English
Team: The Write Stuff
Time with Kiva: 12 years, 2 months
Outstanding contributions to Kiva: Since she began volunteering in 2009, Holly has reviewed over 1,274,900 words.
 




Gina Parsons
Kiva Volunteer of the Month, September 2021

“Volunteering at Kiva is a fantastic experience; so rewarding and so flexible. It is brilliant to be able to give back while balancing it with my day job.”


Location: United Kingdom
Language: French
Team: Qui Va Bien
Time with Kiva: 3 years, 2 months
Outstanding contributions to Kiva: Since she began volunteering in 2018, Gina has translated 183,166 words.
 


 


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Anna Vlasova