Total loan: $5,000


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Santa Monica, CA, United States / Services

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Alex's story

After graduating from Tufts University, I joined The Peace Corps and lived in an indigenous Ngobe village in Panama without electricity or running water for about two years. Upon returning to the US, with almost no money to my name, I took a job as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. Though I significantly improved my financial literacy, I did not mesh well with the rigid corporate culture. I also could not forget my experiences in Panama. The changes to mobile phone technology also shocked me. I saw so much potential. As a result, I began working on my passion and business on the side, officially leaving Merrill Lynch on January 15th, 2013 to dedicate myself to the work I care for deeply full-time.