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Kiva Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Nonprofit Organization
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 – Why Work With Us?

The skills, dedication and passion of Kiva's employees are what make this organization great.

Ultimately, Kiva is who we hire. Each employee's skills, contributions, and passion make it possible for us as a group to innovate and advance toward our mission expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. Kiva, as an organization, actively creates a work environment that brings together smart, talented people from a diversity of backgrounds. Kiva, as a group of people working together, fosters this environment so that you can bring your whole self to work to do the most impactful work of your life.

Our core values are the key to our success and come through in everything we do:

  • Impact first
  • Extreme ownership
  • Inclusion. Equity. Diversity
  • Be curious and bold
  • Honor and integrity
  • Love and kindness always

At Kiva you will find a team of mission-driven professionals who like to get involved and challenge the status quo.


  • Collaborative, innovative, transparent work culture
  • Bike and dog friendly office
  • Snacks and drinks are provided for you to nosh on
  • Casual dress environment
  • Professional development opportunities 
  • Foosball, table tennis and softball tournaments
  • Discounted Crunch Gym membership 
  • Annual office retreat
  • Weekly social events
  • Opportunity to work at Kiva's international offices


Our commitment to improving the lives of others extends far beyond the work that we do at Kiva. We encourage our employees to get invoived in their local communities, and to find charities around the world that they are eager to support. Some recent examples of our community support include:

  • San Francisco Food Bank
  • Golden Gate Park Restoration
  • Bike Zambia

12 members of the Kiva family (both current and former staff and volunteers) traveled to Zambia to participate in a 305-mile bike ride to raise awareness of poverty and AIDS in Africa.  Together, this team raised more than $50,000 to benefit 3 non-profit organizations,World Bicycle ReliefCIDRZSishemo Education Trust, and Grassroots Soccer, all dedicated to alleviating poverty and erradicating HIV/AIDS.


Kiva Reviews

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    Great people, mission, overall structure. You feel like you’re making a true difference.


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Kiva Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Kiva (San Francisco, CA) in July 2012.


    Meet with the head of software engineering at Kiva. Meet with several software engineers and a product manager. Determine whether your goals align with Kiva's. Determine your experience and abilities in MySQL, OOP, basic algorithms, git, software engineering, unit testing, and general understanding of how a web server works.

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Kiva Awards & Accolades

  • Socially Conscious Award, TechAmerica, 2013
  • Champion of Change, The White House, 2013
  • Social Entrepreneurship, PODER - ABC Business Awards, 2012
  • Top Startups, TiE50, 2009
  • Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum, 2009
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