During my fellowship in Nicaragua I have come across some incredible borrowers, and their stories have touched me profoundly. What I didn't know, was that these borrowers would teach me some invaluable life lessons too.
My first assignment involved working with 2 partners - 1 in Kenya and 1 in Rwanda - to identify opportunities in their product portfolio to introduce new products or tweak existing products for the impact evaluation project.
Having lived and worked in Kenya for most of my life, I thought I knew a lot about the Microfinance space in the country. All that changed when I joined VisionFund Kenya as a Kiva fellow a few months ago.
The town is called San Cristobal Norte – or Sacrin for short – and remember that name because I might never make it out. It’s mid-afternoon, but I am sitting in the dark and the rain outside has culminated into a monotone shriek. So much for the borrower visit I was supposed to do today.