i've now seen first hand that microfinance can work....under the right conditions!
I worked with Kiva for 6 months as a Kiva Fellow in Senegal between December 2009 and April 2010. Before that I was working as a management consultant advising on business strategies.
Having got a taste of microfinance 'in the field' I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Development Studies and hope to continue to work in the sector.
Nicki has been working as a management consultant since graduating in 2004. Her project assignments have taken her all over the UK and France to work for clients in a wide range of industries on various strategic issues. In 2007, Nicki took a career break to explore Latin America and spend some time with a charity operating in microfinance. It was during this time that she also first discovered Kiva and became more interested in the role of microfinance in providing the poorest people with better opportunities. On her return to London, Nicki took
on various pro-bono projects with organisations working towards achieving equality of opportunity for all: both in terms of financial services and access to education. She hopes that a second ‘career break’ serving as a Kiva Fellow will give her a real insight into microfinance ‘on the ground’ and is excited to be returning once again to work in a Francophone environment.
The four men and one lady of the Djiito 2 group are currently paying back their 3rd loan to Senegal Ecovillage Microfinance, Kiva’s oldest Senegalese partner. Thanks to you, they received a sum of $1,425 in May [...]
In July of this year, Degoo de Carabane group received a loan to the sum of $1,500 thanks to Kiva lenders. Within the group are 4 women and 1 man who all live on the island of Carabane, a 30-minute boat ride off [...]
In May earlier this year, Kafakh group received a loan to the sum of $1,425 thanks to Kiva lenders. Within the group are 5 women who all live on the island of Carabane, a 30-minute boat ride off the coast of [...]
The four ladies and one man of the Djiito 1 group are currently paying back their 3rd loan to Senegal Ecovillage Microfinance, Kiva’s oldest Senegalese partner. Thanks to you, they received a sum of $1,425 in May [...]
Since forming their group earlier this year, these four women led by Aminata Ndiaye have decided to give themselves the name of “Afebil”. The Diola word “Afebil” translates as “saviour” or someone who has come to [...]