In 2008, Stephanie graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she studied International Development with a concentration in African Studies. As a part of her education, Stephanie lived in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 2006 to June 2007, working in Mathare Valley, one of the oldest and most densely populated slums in Africa. During this time, she formed close partnerships with a women’s micro-business (Witethye) and an extremely successful community-based school (Valley View Academy). Seeing these organizations at work taught Stephanie about the capacity of the poor to innovate and lead. After graduation, Stephanie continued to work with these organizations to help them gain access to donors and buyers outside their community. Stephanie speaks some Kiswahili and is looking forward to learning Luganda during her upcoming posting in Uganda.
Dear Kiva Lender,
I am a Kiva Fellow and I\'m finishing my Kiva Fellowship with Pearl Microfinance. I have been working in Kampala, Uganda with Pearl since February 2009. My daily tasks have mainly involved [...]
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