Doug grew up in the suburbs of Boston before moving south to pursue a degree in finance from Virginia Tech. He began to develop a passion for service after completing short term volunteer efforts in rural areas of Mexico and Belize. After graduation, Doug worked as a financial analyst with two different defense contractors but decided he wanted to try something different - the Kiva Fellowship seemed like the perfect catalyst for change. He is very excited to join the KF30 class and looks forward to working with YICE and Evidence Action across Uganda and Kenya.

Fellows Blog Posts by Doug Brainard

Jul 18, 2016 KE Kenya

The majority of Kenyans in rural areas are completely reliant on natural sources for all of their water needs; this includes bathing, washing clothes, cooking, and drinking. Unfortunately, these sources of water are in no way purified or fit for human consumption. Therefore, before it can be consumed, the water must be boiled to kill bacteria. This is an arduous process that not only requires time and money, but also has a lasting environmental impact – as coal is the source of heat for heating the water. Enter Evidence Action – a Kiva partner with a solution that addresses all three issues... Continue Reading >>

Jun 21, 2016 UG Uganda

The first partner that I worked with as part of my Kiva Fellowship was a small group called YICE (Youth Initiative for Community Engagement). They are headquartered in the village of Kyakatebe (Pronounced Jak-a-te-be) within the sub-county of Nalutuntu within the district of Mubende, Uganda. This village is located about 2 hours west of the capital, Kampala. YICE is a small partner that provides loans to groups of 5 women who are mutually accountable for repayment. They require no collateral to guarantee the loan and they are flexible with repayments based on farming / market conditions. Many... Continue Reading >>