Economic empowerment is a necessary part of creating political stability and economic growth in emerging markets and war-torn communities.
I am so proud to be serving as a Kiva Fellow in Lebanon. I will be working with two of our Lebanese field partners from Feb-June, 2010 to support their work and strengthen their relationship with Kiva.
Sep 7, 2009
Nishita first became interested in microfinance after reading Muhammad Yunus' book, Banker to the Poor, when she was in high school. She further developed her interest in microfinance during her undergraduate career at Wesleyan University where she studied International Politics and International Relations. She wrote several research papers on international microfinance organizations, including a semester-long project that analyzed the successes and failures of the microfinance industry in Latin America. Since graduating in 2007, she has spent significant time working to understand the Middle East experience with microfinance and economic development. She has been working with FINCA International since May 2009 to help expand its Middle East operations in Egypt. She also worked with FINCA Jordan to carry out a comprehensive client assessment of 475 clients in Amman and its surrounding areas from August-December, 2009. Nishita will be working with Kiva's Lebanon partners to strengthen relationships with clients as well as take part in a pilot project on social performance. She believes that the Kiva fellowship will add significant value to her long-term career interest in microfinance, as well as her graduate studies in business to begin in fall 2010. She plans to focus on emerging markets and social impact and innovation during her MBA program.
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