"Athan is a senior Political Science major at Davidson College, North Carolina. Raised in the rustic rolling hills of Southeastern Pennsylvania, he spent his childhood climbing trees, chasing his younger siblings and playing with his cats. It was here among the rural farmland, that Athan acquired an avid love of the outdoors. Athan recently returned from a semester in India where he studied the socioeconomic impacts of inflation on the auto-rickshaw drivers of Chennai. Additionally, he has travelled to Syria, Egypt, and Hungary. Deeply committed to service, Athan currently coordinates the Alternative Breaks Program at Davidson College. Moreover, Athan engages in many service opportunities. In the past he has worked with the National Homeless Coalition in Washington, DC, Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro, NC, and Mountain Housing Opportunities in Asheville, NC. Since first being introduced to microcredit issues at a Model United Nations Conference, microfinance has driven Athan's personal, academic, and professional interest in international development. Introduced to Kiva by a previous Fellow, the Kiva model for microfinance immediately captured his interest. Athan is thrilled to be volunteering with Kiva and he eagerly anticipates his Kiva Fellow experience as a way to continue service on a global level."
Thank you for lending to an entrepreneur with South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) in Samoa.
My name is Athan Makansi and I am the current Kiva Fellow for SPBD. During the past 10 weeks, [...]
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Recently I had the pleasure of talking with Aniva Faasiu about her business and her loan. Aniva lives in the village of Vaiee, along the southwestern coast of Upolu Island. There she runs a plantation with her [...]