Catherine is eager to apply her knowledge of the FinTech industry to her work as a Kiva Fellow and to gain hands-on experience in microfinance before starting business school at MIT Sloan in the fall. She has spent the last three years working at Lending Club, the leading online credit marketplace in the US. While at Lending Club, Catherine worked to develop the training and data infrastructure necessary to grow the Operations Department from 70 to 550 people. Catherine's prior experience is in the non-profit sector, having worked for Teach For America, City Year, and Dui Hua. In her spare time she enjoys biking, yoga, and going to concerts.

Fellows Blog Posts by Catherine Wright

Aug 9, 2016 MX Mexico

As a Kiva Fellow on my own in a new country, I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts. One of which, the Marketplace Tech podcast, has a game called Silicon Tally. Every week on Silicon Tally, the host and a guest try to guess the significance of numbers from that week’s tech news headlines that have been stripped from their context. Here’s my version, Mexico Tally, with this week’s focus on Sistema Biobolsa. The numbers to guess are… 17, 196, 6%, 11, $260, $28-$40, 2.4 million+ While you prepare your guesses, I’ll provide a bit of background. Sistema Biobolsa (Biobolsa) is a social enterprise... Continue Reading >>

Jul 4, 2016 MX Mexico

Sistema Biobolsa's Credit Coordinator, Irene, with Don Antonio, a proud owner of a biodigester (featured in the background). Click here to lend to farmers like Don Antonio.
On a Tuesday night one month ago I arrived in Mexico City, welcomed by a massive down pour (summer is the rainy season here). By that Thursday afternoon, I was attempting to define key metrics for a credit program in Spanish with one of Kiva’s field partners, a social enterprise called Sistema Biobolsa. My head reeled with new vocabulary words, and... Continue Reading >>