Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Binh witnessed the challenges of economic development and social inequality at an early age, and often thought about how to make a difference in the world. After receiving a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, he pursued his interest in social entrepreneurship by moving to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with an agricultural micro-franchise that is incubated within iDE (International Development Enterprises). When Binh traveled to rural provinces to meet farmer clients, he found that many smallholder farmers lack access to capital in order to buy basic items such as high-quality seeds or fertilizers. This realization piqued his interest in microfinance as a method of empowering entrepreneurs to tackle poverty in a sustainable manner. As a Fellow in the Philippines, Binh looks forward to working with Kiva’s partners and honing his Tagalog. A foodie at heart, he also hopes to eat as much street food as possible in Bacolod, Tagbilaran, and Cabanatuan!

Fellows Blog Posts by Binh Nguyen

Aug 9, 2015 PH Philippines

Since mid-July, I have been in Tagbilaran City, Bohol for my 2nd field placement in the Philippines with Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI), a partner of VisionFund International. As a popular tourist destination, Bohol, the tenth largest island of the Philippines, is famous for its beaches and resorts. I have heard from friends that Panglao Island, located at the southwestern tip of Bohol, is one of the top diving locations worldwide. However, I wanted to explore the lesser-known areas in Bohol (I know, how rebellious, right?), so I decided to go for a hike in Dimiao, about 36... Continue Reading >>

Jun 18, 2015 PH Philippines

Greetings from Cabanatuan City, nicknamed the “Tricycle Capital of the Philippines.” Tricycles, made by affixing a sidecar to a motorcycle, are a common means of public transportation in the Philippines. More than 30,000 tricycles for a population of 272,676 people (as of 2010) in Cabanatuan means that there is 1 tricycle for every 9 people in this largest city in the province of Nueva Ecija.
This is a tricycle, a common means of public transportation in the Philippines.
After attending Kiva Fellows Training at the... Continue Reading >>