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I'm honored to share I've been accepted into the Kiva Fellow's program! I will be serving in Tbilisi, Georgia with CREDO, a MFI (microfinance insitution) that is currently in pilot phase as a Kiva partner. I would like to share a bit about myself and what's led me to volunteer more than 6,000 miles from home for the next four months.
For many years, I have fit volunteer work and service projects into my corporate career during vacation time; as a Habitat for Humantiy Global Village team leader, I have seen first hand how sustainable programs can help lift a family - and often an entire community- out of poverty through a hand UP, not a hand out. Perhaps most impactfully, my volunteer work in Leogane, Haiti and in Ofunato, Japan on disaster relief teams made it very clear that microfinance is a critical tool to alleviate poverty and help recover more quickly from disaster. Working side-by-side with folks doing everything they can to provide for their families and yet struggling to escape poverty challenged my old ideas about charity, resource allocation, economic opportunity, international relations and basic human rights. I wanted to do more and find a way to contribute at my personal best and highest use. With that in mind, I quit my corporate job in July, 2011 and am pursuing a PhD in Diplomacy in Geneva, Switzerland. I'm humbled and grateful to be part of the the Kiva Fellows program, as it will be the perfect introduction to a fulfilling career in the area of poverty reduction and the betterment of developing nations.
The Role Of A Kiva Fellow
Since Kiva was founded in 2005:
602,105 Kiva Lenders
$231 million in loans
98.79% Repayment Rate
Kiva works with:
135 Field Partners
450 volunteers around the world
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The Kiva Fellow is a volunteer position