I have been on a mission to discover the best way to provide basic services to the rural poor in developing countries for five years now. Not done yet...
Apr 12, 2011
Since 2005, Rob has been thinking about the best way to provide the basic services that rural folks in the developing world want and need most: clean water and electricity. During his undergraduate days he designed a water pumping system for a coffee cooperative in Nicaragua, and was hooked by every aspect of the work. He later worked with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, bringing water, improved sanitation, and electricity to a mountain village over the course of his stay. Returning to graduate school he focused on environmental sustainability of service provision, and managed an Engineers Without Borders water pumping and distribution project for a village in Ecuador. In Peru, apart from his work with Asociacion Arariwa, Rob will be partnered with Practical Action, a UK-based non-profit, to analyze their rural hydro-electric projects as a Fulbright Fellow. He hopes that his time as a Kiva Fellow will provide him with an insider perspective on another valuable approach to help the poor get what they truly need, and it has little to do with engineering: access to credit.