I am a recent graduate of the New School University in New York with a Master’s in international affairs focusing on economic development. As a graduate student I took on the study of microfinance because it seemed, for the first time, to genuinely place the power of development in the hands of the people that aid workers are trying to help. During my graduate program, I was able to spend the summer in Nepal seeing how microfinance works in one of the poorest countries in the world.
I’m interested in becoming a Kiva Fellow because I would like to continue being involved with this dynamic development tool. I appreciate Kiva’s dedication to accountability and transparency as these are two virtues that can sometimes go missing in the vast world of development aid. Being a fellow with a reputable facilitator for global microfinance loans would enable me to get experience with a different model of lending. In the future, I hope to continue my involvement with microfinance and access to different models of operation will inform my ability to assist in the maintenance of this tool.