Social investment is just as important (and has just as high of returns) as financial investments.
I study the intersection of development issues and finance at a university in South Africa. I am currently serving as a Kiva Fellow in Kisumu, Kenya with K-MET.
Aug 8, 2008
Joel was born and raised in a small town near Seattle, WA. At Pepperdine
University, Joel was a Rhodes Scholar state finalist as well as a national
finalist for the Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose. He also received the
Helen Pepperdine Volunteer Service Award in 2005. After working in the
financial services industry for three years, Joel’s passion for development
issues has led him to the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa where
he is doing research on the impact of microfinance in East Africa. He is
excited to be partnering with K-MET in Kisumu, Kenya to make a difference in
the field of microfinance, and couldn’t be happier to be sharing this
experience with his wife, Alison, who is also a Kiva Fellow.
Pamela is a busy women these days. She is making chapattis out by the road in the mornings and doing tailoring work in the evening. She’s been doing this type of work for a long time, and it is like second [...]
Mary is mainly working as a hairdresser these days. She was fortunate enough to go into partnership with two other talented women, and together, they run a beauty salon. Even though hairdressing hasn’t always [...]
Consolata is a quiet, hard-working woman. She has a successful business selling used clothes on the side of the “ring road” outside of Kisumu, Kenya. I had the opportunity to visit Consolata at her home the [...]
Rose has been running her stall in Jubilee market for 14 years. She has been a member of K-MET almost since the organization was started. This loan is her 4th with K-MET, and it has allowed her to build a house [...]
Eveline has been a K-MET member for about 6 months. This means that she she visits the sick in her community, refers to local health providers, educates her peers on health-related issues, and distributes the [...]