Originally from Lathrop, Missouri, Ashley is currently pursuing a M.A. in international environmental policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Ashley spent three years living in El Salvador working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural community where she worked in small business development and agroforestry projects. Her Peace Corps experience took her traveling all over Central America. After returning from living abroad, she was inspired by Kiva's transparency and the ability to connect lenders and borrowers all over the world. She hopes to return from her Kiva Fellowship to work in Washington, D.C., in environmental policy. Aside from graduate school and traveling, she enjoys the outdoors, music, documentaries, and non-fiction.
Filena Del Rosario Nurinda Namendi, of Group Mamon (a type of fruit rich in iron), used her Kiva loan to purchase a variety of shoes and sandals. She says that the price of shoes and sandals has risen, but her [...]
Clara del Socorro Paniagua Gonzalez, of Group Colonia De Los Vasquez Group, used her Kiva loan to purchase supplies necessary to make shoes and sandals. Clara recently began selling her shoes in another nearby [...]
Nubia Auxiliadora Obregon Gonzalez, of Group Chiltoma (Bell Pepper Group) used her Kiva loan to purchase fruits and vegetables. She said that business is slow and she reduced the amount of produce she buys weekly [...]
Susana Isabel Gonzalez Gonzalez, of Group La Esperancita (a little hope), used her Kiva loan to purchase pork meat. Susana uses her skills as a butcher to buy whole pigs that she butchers and then sells the meat [...]
Susana Gabriela Ruiz Díaz, of Group Susana, used her Kiva loan to purchase wood for her furniture making business. Susana says she has been struggling to make her loan payments on time because her clients have [...]