Jun 18, 2016 KV Kiva HQ
By Katherine Doyle
Born in a refugee camp, now designing her own collections in NYC

This is part of our World Refugee Day series honoring Kiva borrowers who made the incredible journey from refugee to entrepreneur.

Jembere. In Amharic – the native language of Ethiopia – it means, “my sunset.” When Abaynesh, a designer in New York, fulfilled her dream of creating her own eyewear brand, she named it Jembere in honor of her roots.

Her collections are now sold by vendors from New York to Chicago, but the inspiration for her designs remains rooted in her early life and East Africa.

Read more about Abaynesh's story on Kiva's Medium page -->>

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Originally from the Bay Area, Katherine is excited to return to San Francisco after spending the last year in London completing her master’s degree in Global Politics at the London School of Economics. Her studies, as well as previous involvement with organizations dedicated to youth education, have drawn her to the nonprofit sector for its creative and passionate approach to addressing social issues. In the past five years, Katherine has studied and lived in Oxford, Ohio; Boston; Paris; Seville, Spain; and London – she looks forward to contributing to an organization such as Kiva that embodies the valuable potentials of interconnectedness between regions of the U.S. and the world at large. Katherine spends most of her free time hoping Chelsea FC will pick up the slack in the English Premier League.

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