I think microfinance is a great tool to empower the citizens of the world.
I was a Kiva Fellow in Peru in 2008 and had an incredible experience learning about and from the women microentrepreneurs of Manuela Ramos. Check out my personal blog from Peru below.
I currently work for TransFair USA, the Fair Trade organization in the United States. Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
Jennifer currently works for a real estate development consulting firm in San Francisco, California. As a consultant and project manager she helps plan financial strategies for the development of low-income housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before moving to California in 2005, Jennifer worked for the YWCA National Headquarters, an international women's non-profit that works to provide economic opportunities for women in over 150 countries. Jennifer majored in Spanish and International Business at Georgetown University. During her studies she focused on intercultural communications and ethics in international relations. In addition to her travels to North Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, Jennifer also studied abroad in Spain and Costa Rica. Through her studies and work, Jennifer developed a strong belief in the importance of community investment and the transformative potential of microfinance. She hopes to learn more about microcredit processes so that she might integrate this knowledge into her future work with nonprofits. For these reasons and many more, Jennifer is excited to be a Kiva Fellow and is very much looking forward to getting to know the entrepreneurs of Peru!