Originally from Massachusetts, Fred has lived in Ohio, NYC, Cairo, Egypt, and most recently Washington DC. After graduating college from Miami University in Ohio, he moved to NYC to work as a trader in the fixed income department at the investment bank Bear Stearns. His Wall Street experience also includes work at a number of large hedge funds where he worked as a trader in various capacities, with a focus on derivative products. Fred has always had the travel bug and a deep desire to work in the field of development and poverty alleviation. With these motives in mind he moved to Cairo, Egypt in 2009, initially to pursue a graduate degree and eventually began work at the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham), an organization central to Egypt’s investment promotion and development efforts. After nearly four years with AmCham, Fred is looking forward to taking what he’s learned in finance and development to his role as a Kiva Fellow. Other notable aspects of Fred’s background include military experience with the U.S. Marines, a variety of volunteer experiences, and previous work in microfinance including an internship at Grameen Bank.

Fellows Blog Posts by Alfred Jasins

Dec 2, 2015 KE Kenya

In his first trip to the African continent, Pope Francis began his three-country tour in Nairobi, Kenya, which drew hundreds of thousands of adherents to the country’s capital. In his brief three-day stay in the country, Francis focused on the most marginalized in society, culminating in a trip to Kangemi, one of the 11 slums found throughout Nairobi.  
A market place in the informal settlement of Mukuru kwa Njenga
              In his visit to Kangemi,... Continue Reading >>

Nov 14, 2015 KE Kenya

It’s rainy season here in Nairobi, and the dirt roads of Mukuru - one of the largest informal settlements in the city - have turned into thick muddy footpaths and fast flowing streams. The watery scene is a stark reminder of the near total lack of drainage systems and sanitation services, as all forms of waste are distributed in the swampy conditions. According to the UN, nearly 56% of all city dwellers in Kenya live in these slum-type conditions.    The Kiva partner Sanergy is one organization taking on the sanitation problem in Mukuru and other slums throughout Nairobi,... Continue Reading >>