Kiva Trustees

Kiva Trustees are technical assistance providers, community organizations, prior Kiva borrowers, and individuals committed to supporting social good and job growth through entrepreneurship. With their help, small business owners access 0% interest crowdfunded loans through Kiva. Over 50 individuals and agencies in the Pittsburgh area have stepped up to serve as Kiva Trustees.

Trustee Responsibilities:

  • Spread the Word about Kiva - Trustees let entrepreneurs in their community know that they can take advantage of a Kiva loan.
  • Vouch for Creditworthiness - A Trustee is not financially responsible for the borrower, but should be confident in the borrower’s business plan and character.
  • Help Ensure Success - Kiva leans on Trustees to ensure that borrowers are successful in the application, fundraising, and repayment process.  Trustees track the borrowers progress as they apply, provide resources and advice during fundraising, and follow up with the borrower during the repayment process.

Trustee Benefits:

  • Increase the exposure - Trustee profile pages showcase each organization and their impact to date, and are visible to Kiva’s lenders around the world.
  • Track impact over time - Trustees can track and share data on the loans they endorse to communicate their impact to their network, award committees, and funders.
  • Invest in your community - By helping entrepreneurs gain access to funding to start or grow a business Trustees have the chance to make an integral impact in their communities.

To learn more about the role of Kiva Trustees and consider join the Kiva Pittsburgh Trustee community, visit or contact Emily Keebler, Kiva Pittsburgh Program Director at or 412-281-0102 x6.

Kiva Trustees in the Pittsburgh Region:

Thank you to all of the Trustees who are helping small business in the Pittsburgh area to access capital via Kiva.  The following are the Trustees with the most endorsements in the past 12 months:

Vernard-Alexander Enterprises

Vernard Alexander Enterprises

Carrie Nardini

Carrie Nardini 

Work Hard Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh East Rotary Club

Pittsburgh East
Rotary Club


Urban Innovation21

52nd Street Market
Aaron S. Aldrich
Allegheny County Economic Development acting as an Agent for the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County
Art Resource Teaching Society Inc.
Barry E Johnston
Bloomfield Development Corporation
Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation
Bridgeway Capital
BullDawgs Pgh
Carrie Nardini
Catapult PGH
Constellation Coffee
D’s Natural Products
David Johnson
DECO Resources
Divine Intervention Ministries
Dj Smulick
Dr. Alexandra George DDS LVIF
Economic Development South
F. Dok Harris
Growth Through Energy + Community Health [GTECH] Strategies
Hill CDC
Idea Foundry
Joseph Bute
Joyce Opfermann
Kit Needham
Lawrenceville Corporation
Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches
Lydiah’s Coffee House
Maria Graziani
McKees Rocks CDC
Mindy Moran
Mount Washington Community Development Corporation
New Sun Rising
Nina Barbuto
Olive & Marlowe, LLC
Operation Better Block, Inc.
Paramount Co-Op
Patrick Miller
Pittsburgh East Rotary Club
Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation
Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC)
Pittsburgh SCORE
Regina Johnson
Rose Glinski
Schifino Design
Shadyside Nursery
Style & Steel
Sustainable Connellsville
Tara Rockacy
The Beauty Shoppe
The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence
The Motherhood Inc.
Thrill Mill, Inc.
Tonya Edmonds
Urban Innovation21
Vernard Alexander Enterprises
Warriors’ Call Boxing
Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation
Work Hard Pittsburgh
Zero Six Eight, LLC

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