Bas grew up in The Netherlands and graduated with a degree in European Studies from The Hague University. He has lived in New Zealand, Spain and Belgium, travelled around the globe and volunteered with projects in India, Cameroon and Latin America. Currently, Bas lives in Brussels and works for Triodos Bank, one of the world's leading sustainable banks with a mission to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change. He is convinced that microfinance functions as a positive tool for development by stimulating entrepreneurship. Microfinance enables people to improve their lives by financing their own initiated projects. He has always had an interest in development cooperation and sustainable development, even writing his final thesis about ‘sustainable development cooperation’. He is curious to find out how microfinance contributes to sustainable development. He is very excited to be a Kiva Fellow and have the opportunity to use his skills and knowledge in the field to contribute to Kiva’s mission.

Fellows Blog Posts by Bas Bouwman

Feb 9, 2015 GT Guatemala

I have had the opportunity to visit 4 women entrepreneurs of Fundación Namaste Guatemaya to see in practice how our field partner helps make Guatemalan women entrepreneurs be successful in their business. The women I visited are part of the Namaste Business Development Program. Namaste does not only disburse the loan but also provides education and mentorship during the nine month loan cycle. A personal business advisor visits the borrower every month to give advice on how to improve their business and hold track of their income and expenses. They ask about family situation, health, and any... Continue Reading >>