Caitlin caught the travel bug at a young age, but her interest in international development came after a month-long trip to Bamako, Mali at the age of 16. During her time there, she worked with an orphanage and with a women's socioeconomic development organization. She went on to study International Relations and French at the University of Southern California, with an emphasis on International Development and Human Rights. During her college years, she studied abroad in Paris, and went back to Bamako to work with UNAIDS on Mali's National Strategy for HIV/AIDS. She is a former Kiva intern, and is looking forward to learning more about microfinance as a tool for international development while working in the field as a Kiva Fellow. She is most excited about getting to interview Kiva borrowers, and getting to know a new country and culture.