National Volunteer Week: The Kiva Zip Family

In light of National Volunteer Week, Kiva Zip wants to acknowledge the many people who volunteer their time to make these social impact loans possible. Today we hear from Nate, one of the happiest and smiling-est people on our team! He was given the opportunity to extend the length of his internship for his hard working and positive nature.

Two hundred and twenty four. It is hard to believe that 224 days have passed since I first started interning for the Kiva Zip team in San Francisco, California. I could go on about the hundreds of borrowers we have helped. I could insert a variety of colorful graphs and charts that highlight our spectacular metrics.

Volunteering for the very organization that exemplifies what it means to be a giver rather than a receiver has been the opportunity of a lifetime.

But to truly understand what Kiva Zip is, you need to dive deeper and understand who the Zip team is made of.

The full-time staff members, interns and fellows who are responsible for the day-to-day operations are the epitome of teamwork and integrity. They are leaders who listen. They are colleagues who cooperate. They are managers who are honest, and team members who support you both inside and outside the office. Our team lunches, weekend hangouts at the beach, and everything else in between has transformed the Zip team from my co-workers to my second family –

my empathic, energetic, and slightly crazy Kiva Zip family.

Kiva Zip has allowed me to grow both professionally and personally, and for that, I am forever thankful.


Posted by Nate Woo, Kiva Zip US Intern

Apr 17, 2015

Nate Woo is an intern for the Kiva Zip US team and has been a Kiva lender since 2007. Outside of the office, he is a nature and fitness freak. Be it freediving for abalone of California’s northern coast, backpacking in Sierra Nevada’s, participating in Spartan Races, or working out relentlessly in his garage, Nate loves maintaining a healthy, exciting, and fun lifestyle. Having just graduated from the University of California, Davis last spring as a psychology and communication double major, he will attend San Diego State University in the fall to pursue a Master of Arts in Communication.


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