Microloans make a difference. I got to work on a study entitled "Moving Out of Poverty" a few years back. One factor that consistently showed up among households who had moved across the poverty line in their respective communities was access to capital.
At Stanford, splitting his academic time between international relations coursework and technical studies in the engineering department, Jeremy developed a strong interest in the intersection of these fields and in designing appropriate technologies focused on users in the developing world. During an internship at the World Bank in Washington, DC, Jeremy was involved in a primary research project showing the immense impact access to microcapital can have for households and businesses in rural communities. He is grateful for the opportunity to observe the continuing development of mobile banking in Kenya, and the exciting potential for lower-cost, wider-reaching loans. After his fellowship with Kiva, Jeremy will return to the d.school at Stanford University to pursue a master's degree in engineering design.