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Photo Essay: Waking Up in Zanzibar

Experience the mystical, enchanting streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar:

About the author

Nina Patel.

Nina has been working for NASA as a Software Engineer for the last 10 years. She graduated with Bachelors in Computer Science from Penn State University, Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and studied abroad in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Growing up in India, she developed a deep interest in international development through interacting with small struggling businesses on daily basis – where each person had sense of sincerity, survival, and hard work. She first heard of Kiva in 2006 through an interview with Mohammad Yunnus. In Kiva, she saw the unleashing power of microfinance, a pure human connection, a never-ending selfless cycle of giving, receiving, and self-empowerment using web 2.0 technology. She wanted to be part of it, and instantly became a Kiva lender and volunteer. Empowered by her technical skills and cross-cultural experiences, giving back to society is a part of her life’s purpose. Her passions include technology, space exploration, art, social enterprises and conscious businesses. She is leaving her enthusiasm for NASA space exploration behind to pursue her passions further, starting with this amazing Kiva Fellowship in Kenya, Africa.