Tejal’s desire to become a Kiva Fellow stems from her experience visiting India frequently during her childhood, and witnessing extreme poverty firsthand. She is excited to apply her passion and background in economic development to the Kiva Fellows Program, and first learned about microfinance while studying Economics in college. Following graduation, Tejal volunteered with SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to pursue her interest in microfinance and the application of sustainable economic tools to alleviate poverty. Thereafter, she worked in fundraising at EARN, a San Francisco-based microsavings non-profit, to further her passion of helping families create prosperity for themselves through matched savings, economic empowerment, and financial education. Tejal is an avid traveler and foodie, and is honored to serve the people of Sierra Leone and gain firsthand experience in the field.