Gemma grew up in Colorado and received a B.A. in European History from the Colorado College. Her interest in international development grew out of her family's travels to developing countries. Gemma became interested in microfinance after interning for Friendship Bridge, an organization that provides microloans for women in Guatemala, where she learned about the social and economic impact loans can have on families and communities. Over the past few years, Gemma has worked with Seedco Financial Services, a nonprofit community development lender, and AfricAid, an organization that supports girls' education in Africa. Gemma is fluent in French but hopes to pick up some Khmer on this new adventure. She is very excited to be a Kiva fellow and to continue pursuing her interest in microfinance and international development.
Greetings from Cambodia!
My name is Gemma North, and for the past four months, I have had the privilege of serving as a Kiva Fellow with CREDIT MFI, one of Kiva\'s oldest field partners. Thanks to your [...]
Mr. Nhim Chantha, his wife (pictured here) and their five children live in the Takeo Province of Cambodia, located an hour south of the capital city of Phnom Penh. Over a year ago, Kiva lenders such as yourself [...]
Mrs. Tim Ith and her husband, Mr. Em Yun live with their children in the Bati district of Cambodia\'s Takeo Province. Over a year ago, she received a $1,200 loan funded by Kiva lenders such as yourself to support [...]
Mrs. Suth Navy, her husband and their four young children live in a house on the edge of the village, at the intersection of two small dirt paths that connect back to the main, or paved road. Taking advantage of [...]
Mr. Kong, his wife (pictured here) and five of their children live in a small village in the Bati district of Takeo province, an hour south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia\'s capital city. He works as a moto-taxi driver [...]