Meet Shivani

Buying our first house!

Shivani and Karthik met at the Yale School of Management and instantly connected on both being from Texas and having education-focused careers. After working at a girls' education nonprofit for the last three years, she's very excited to be joining the nonprofit Kiva to tackle the challenge of financial inclusion--especially for women and refugees--around the world. Shivani has bachelor's degrees in Government and History from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management where she focused on social entrepreneurship. Shivani is a vegetarian and an ice cream lover. She enjoys all things music, and one of the reasons she fell for Karthik was his melodious voice!

Another thing they have in common is a love for travel and nature, and when it's not too hot one of her favorite things is exploring Memorial Park with Karthik and Bhoomi! Karthik and Shivani tied the knot in 2020 with a small at-home ceremony, but then celebrated post-COVID with friends and family - who are the most important gift in life!

Enjoying a Rockets game!

Meet Bhoomi

My name is Bhoomi, and I am about 70 pounds, so a pretty big girl!

But despite my size I can give you some pretty persuasive puppy dog eyes. I was rescued by a shelter after being found wandering the streets in bad condition, and then I was adopted by my wonderful humans - I call them Mommy and Daddy. I am now almost 6 years old, and I have been living with them for almost half of my life.

However, I have to admit that I can be a little scared of new strangers. Some humans didn’t treat me very nicely before I met my loving Mommy and Daddy, and it made me nervous of all the new humans I meet. It takes me some time to build trust with people I don't know, but once I do, I am a very loving dog. I like to cuddle up with my humans and give them lots of nuzzles. I love when they give me treats with peanut butter or cheese, and one of my favorite games to play with them is tug-of-war!

I've come a long way from my days on the streets, and I'm so grateful for the love and care that my parents have given me. I can't wait to see what adventures we'll go on next! And of course, when the next piece of cheese will come my way!