Lorin was born in Istanbul, Turkey. After having spent her childhood and teenage years between Switzerland (where she went to an English boarding school) and Turkey, she came to New York at the age of 18 to go to college. After graduating with a degree in International Business, she worked for a French fashion company for a couple of years, before going to the U.K. to get a Master's in International Finance. She spent the next 10 years or so in international banking as a loan officer in New York City, servicing a portfolio of multinational corporate clients.
In the 1990's, she left banking and started her own business, importing handmade decorative accessories and giftware from Turkey for the U.S. wholesale market. Since 2002, she has been involved in the sale of residential real estate on the North Shore of Long Island, within the metro New York area.
Through the years, she has always been interested in the social and economic changes of developing countries, particularly the impact of microfinance in those communities. An experience with Habitat for Humanity in 2009 building
housing in a remote area in Nepal activated her strong desire to spend more time involved with such activities and expand her knowledge in the field.
She is extremely excited about the time she will be spending in Senegal with Kiva and is looking forward to the experience.