I’ve left the corporate life for a bit to immerse myself in the fascinating world of microfinance.  I am currently a Kiva Fellow serving in San Miguel, El Salvador for four months. I am working with a microfinance institution called Fundacion Campo, helping them with the on-boarding process as they become a Kiva partner. Kiva is an online platform that connects people all over the world through lending. On Kiva, people like you and me can make small loans (as small as $25) to a small entrepreneur almost anywhere in the world. You can read the stories of thousands of small entrepreneurs and from their profile on the Kiva website, you can choose what borrower you would like to lend to.  And yes, it’s a loan – not a donation – you get your money back at the end of the repayment period (just don’t expect a return in the form of interest).

By the way, this is my personal blog. All my mistakes, opinions, and statements are my own.

Thanks for reading!

  1. Dear Andrea,

    I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch – I read your profile on Escape the City (great website!) and really enjoyed your story.

    By way of introduction I work for the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CEWE) http://www.uel.ac.uk/cewe, a place where we support, develop and connect women entrepreneurs.

    We hold a series of networking events and feedback has been really positive. All our events are free and the next one is coming up on Feb 2nd – http://uel.ac.uk/cewe/networking/business-network-events-calendar/index.htm – if you would like to go, please let me know, I can sign you up to our database so you receive invites.

    Lastly, we would love to feature you as a case study on our website http://uel.ac.uk/cewe/experience/success-stories/index.htm – we are really starting to build this up and find that people have begun to connect this way.

    Anyway, thanks for listening so far! I hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards


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