Leigh graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007 with a major in Finance and a minor in Japanese. As a lover of foreign languages and cultures, she also studied Spanish and spent a semester taking classes in Toledo, Spain. Originally from Philadelphia, Leigh spent one year after college doing investment banking in New York and, until recently, worked as a financial analyst at an investment firm in San Diego, CA. Leigh has passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst exams and has extensive experience in equity investing. Although she enjoys working in finance, Leigh has always wanted to spend time volunteering abroad and was thrilled to find the Kiva Fellows Program, which combines her background in finance with her love of philanthropy and travel. Leigh is extremely eager to see microfinance in action while in Ecuador and to experience all South America has to offer; even the mosquitoes.
I am thrilled to be writing you from Guayaquil, Ecuador as the Kiva Fellow working with Kiva Field Partner Fundación D-MIRO Misión Alianza. For the last few months I have been working alongside the helpful [...]
As the Kiva Fellow here with Fundación D-MIRO, I have written many journal entries on dozens of inspirational entrepreneurs but I am particularly excited to be sharing this journal update with you today. I, along [...]
We spoke with Jessica today to follow up on her loan. With the loan, Jessica was able to invest in her restaurant, buying food and chairs to accomodate more customers. Jessica told us that she used to just sell [...]
We spoke with Nicasio today to check in on how he is doing with his loan. Nicasio invested almost all of the loan in his furniture business and the rest was used for his wife`s health as she is diabetic. She is [...]
We visited Piedad´s home today to follow up on her loan. With the loan, Piedad decided to invest in her food business. She now rents a space on a main street to sell her encebollado instead of selling from her [...]