And the race begins..with great news!
I heard back from Kiva on Monday night, with the sweet news that I had been selected for a first round of interviews! I can’t even describe the happiness I felt while sitting on my couch with the good news in front of me. My heart rate was erratic, and I felt like I was going to burst! I know that sounds like too much, and that there is no guarantee I’ll actually get to be a Fellow, but at least I got a chance. This has been a long time in the making, and it would be a huge step for me towards changing the direction of my professional career – finally – drastically. Plus, just the thought of all the new experiences, the entrepreneurs I’d get the chance to meet and share their experiences, all the things I have to learn about microlending, and the time I’d spend living abroad – just all too exciting!
I’ll keep you posted of my progress, this year may turn out to be more interesting than I thought on January 1. In the meantime, I leave you with this video of a TED talk given by Jessica Jackley, Kiva co-founder, where she pretty much puts into words many of the feelings I have about poverty and why I feel compelled to change the paradigm.