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Kiva Overview

San Francisco, CA (US)
51 to 200 employees
Non-profit Organisation
Unknown / Non-Applicable


Called the "hottest non-profit on the planet" by FORTUNE magazine and a Top 50 Website by TIME, Kiva ( is the world's first personal micro-lending marketplace with a mission to expand financial access to help ... Read more

Mission: We are an organization with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

Kiva Reviews

  • "A successful marriage of tech, finance and non-profit."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kiva full-time (More than 5 years)


    I have worked at Kiva in its early growth stages. I left the company for other opportunities, and then I rejoined Kiva inspired by the new growth phase. I feel excited and positive about new initiatives that help scale its mission of financial inclusiveness.

    The company has seen a fair share of tough times and good times. Kiva has held together through this by staying true to its mission. The success has been possible because of passionate and sincere people that Kiva manages to attract to this date. Kiva is a living example of the strength of collective good that spans diverge community.
    Amid San Francisco's hyper-growth companies where it is easy to lose your self, Kiva is where you can find yourself back again.

    There are a lot of opportunities and freedom to grow.
    There are a lot of areas to collaborate.
    There are a lot of areas to learn and thrive from diverse thoughts.
     Kiva has a strong alumni network - you build connections forever.

    We are in a phase of modernizing existing architecture, and our new initiatives are embracing new technology. The process of going through this change has been thoughtful, and it has naturally encouraged broader engagement and collaboration. The process has also inspired more engineers to step up with a sense of ownership. I excited about this new wave of energy.


    Being a not for profit means there are resource constraints at every level. The management is sensitive and understanding of this, which makes it easier to digest.

    You are on your own to define how to grow and how you shape your contributions. For some, this may not be easy, and yet for some, this could be liberating.

    Advice to Management

    Double down on cross-collaboration efforts - which is already happening.
    We have a lot of passionate people who give everything to this organization. Watch out that they don't get burnout.

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Kiva Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    Senior Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Kiva (San Francisco, CA (US)) in March 2020.


    Step 1: Recruiter reached out to me directly
    Step 2: Screener with Recruiter
    Step 3: Homework assignment: 45 minute presentation, which took several hours to prepare
    Step 4: On-site (virtual) interview panel (45 minute presentation + 45 minutes with each of the 3 panelists)

    - Never met Hiring Manager
    - Recruiter was unorganized and unresponsive

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Kiva Awards & Accolades

  • Socially Conscious Award, TechAmerica, 2013
  • Champion of Change, The White House, 2013
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