Oakland Grown Lending Team Kiva Zip Launch!

Empowering local Oakland entrepreneurs will be the purpose of the "Oakland Grown" event planned to take place on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Oakland City Hall.

Kiva is excited to announce we will be co-hosting the free affair with the city of Oakland which and will run from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. In addition to featuring information tables, marketplace treats and the opportunity for people to showcase their new businesses, visitors will get to meet and engage with local business owners and community members.

Bonus Swag: A $5 loan gets you a free Oakland Grown bag and there will be opportunities to win fabulous prizes, like Oakland A's tickets!

We want to get Oaklanders enthused about Kiva and about becoming lenders. If you love Kiva and care about the amazing community that is Oakland, we'd love to have you!

Can't make the event but would love to lend? Check out the event page below to support a business.

Learn more about the Oct. 8 event and RSVP here:

Facebook event page:


Posted by Regina Sarnicola, Kiva Zip Product Intern

Sep 18, 2014

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Communication major, Regina first heard of Kiva while working her first big girl job at Yelp and couldn't stop thinking about it!

She recently left Yelp after almost 2 years as an Account Executive. From that experience, she brought her interest and passion for working with local communities and business owners to Kiva where as the newest Product Intern she is learning a lot by wearing a bunch of different hats.

With a Journalism background, Regina has held multiple Opinion Editor positions, competed in both state and national competitions, and freelanced on the side preferring to write about people and their powerful stories.

She is a proud Italian, avid reader, dedicated soccer player and classical music enthusiast.


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