Bart was born in Poland and immigrated to Montreal, Canada before the age of 3. This gave him the opportunity to grow up in a multilingual environment and become fluent in three languages; English, French and Polish. As any Canadian kid, he dreamed of growing up and playing professional hockey. Unfortunately his abilities did not match his ambitions so he went on to pursue more pragmatic goals by obtaining an undergraduate business degree. After graduating he took a year off to travel around the globe, primarily backpacking through Europe and Asia. For the past few years Bart worked for PwC in both Montreal and Chicago where he helped advise companies on corporate finance transactions. Bart is looking forward to working with MicroKing during his upcoming fellowship as well as exploring Zimbabwe and Southern Africa.

Fellows Blog Posts by bartsitarz

Mar 11, 2013 ZW Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe made world headlines over the course of 2008 and 2009 when hyperinflation gripped the country. What is often believed to simply exist in economic textbooks was occurring daily in the streets; the government was printing more and more Zimbabwe dollars, the currency would lose its value, more Zim dollars needed to be printed, new bills had 1, 2 or even 3 zeros added to the end, the currency would further lose value, more printing…

Zimbabwe dollars which are no longer legal...

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Mar 4, 2013 ZW Zimbabwe

Pamhidzayi (Pamhi) Mhongera leads all new and existing projects at the MicroKing microfinance institution in Harare, Zimbabwe. As part of her role, she oversees the Kiva program under which Zimbabwean entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to work their way up the socioeconomic ladder.

Pamhi at the office where she oversees MicroKing’s Kiva partnership

However Pamhi’s positive impact on her community extends beyond her daily work. She and her husband, Mustafa, launched...

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Feb 25, 2013 ZW Zimbabwe

Meet Henry Bartram,

A career private equity professional in London who, about a decade ago, gave up his suit and tie to manage the British Red Cross response in Aceh, Indonesia after the December 2004 tsunami.

Henry Bartram, Founder and Managing Director, with a colleague at Thrive Microfinance

This experience led him to more social impact opportunities and ultimately to him becoming a Kiva Fellow. Henry was a member a KF15 and KF16, serving in Liberia and...

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