the opportunity to help someone improve their own situation is just too awesome to pass up! I've also been lucky enough to see how Kiva's model works "on the ground".... and i am impressed with it in now more than ever.
Monterey Institute of International Studies (MPA), Georgia State University (BA)
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Natalie currently resides in beautiful Monterey, California where she recently graduated with a Masters of Public Administration degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Natalie has been passionate about cultural awareness and exchange since a young age and has had the pleasure of traveling to Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru in the past year. In addition, Natalie has a strong curiosity for market-based poverty alleviation strategies and has thus focused her international development studies on social entrepreneurship and enterprise. Her most recent graduate work includes developing a community savings group for artisans in the rural Andean community of Choqueconcha, Peru. She speaks French fluently and couldn’t possibly be more excited to live and work for the first time in Francophone Africa while serving Kiva’s mission and seeing in person the impacts of microfinance.