I believe microfinance is a powerful tool to provide opportunities to motivated people. And I get to learn about interesting individuals in the process.
Jun 30, 2008
After graduating from college, I worked as an analyst at a small hedge fund in New York City, but it didn't feel like my calling and the city was too big for me. I then spent some time traveling, which I came to recognize as my one true passion. I had the opportunity last year to visit a few places in Europe, Russia, Iceland, Morocco, Ecuador and Chile. I then decided it was time to stop indulging myself, and I started researching the non-profit sector, which had piqued my interest during my stint in New York. I read a few articles about microfinance and became increasingly interested as I spoke to more people about the field. It seemed like a good fit for someone who loved traveling, had some financial experience, and believed in the power of capitalism and enterprise to benefit people. A friend had suggested the Kiva Fellowship program while I was still in my traveling phase, and I finally applied this summer. Just before I was accepted, I decided to volunteer in Cairo, Egypt with the non-profit Ashoka for the month of August. I researched low-income housing issues, trying to encourage partnerships between corporations and NGOs to create profitable business models serving the low-income housing sector. I've learned a lot, although the bulk of my time has been spent in peoples' offices, and I'm really looking forward to getting out into the field with Kiva.