John grew up in San Francisco and San Diego, California. His father was a hematologist, focusing his research on high altitude rural communities. John was inspired by his legacy of positively impacting individuals in developing countries, and this is what led him to study Chinese Studies and Political Science at the University of California at San Diego. After graduating in 2009, he started working at an organization dedicated to assisting wounded veterans and their families. While his work experience has been focused on program management and administration, he has also studied non-profit management and finance through UCSD extension. He is interested in the use of business principles to address social challenges in a sustainable fashion, which led him to the Kiva Fellows program. He is placed with four well-established Kiva MFI partners in Cambodia, and is excited for the varying perspectives and methods he will be exposed to!

Fellows Blog Posts by John Winslow

Mar 16, 2014 ID Indonesia

Ruma agents working at their shop (warung)
Many people have no doubt heard of the success of mobile banking in Kenya through M-PESA, a service that has expanded financial services to millions of rural East Africans.  In the East Asia and Pacific region, 55% of the population is unbanked.  At the same time, mobile phones are widespread – which begs the question: what is the holding the region back from experiencing a similar revolution in banking access?

The most apparent...

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Jul 29, 2013 KH Cambodia

A tree at one of the hundreds of "Killing Fields" in Cambodia, where the Khmer Rouge orchestrated a mass genocide from 1975-1979.
Tragic History The Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia is still fresh in the collective memory of this country.  Few other places have seen the very fabric of society ripped apart so thoroughly in such a short period of time.  In the wake of the Khmer Rouge and a protracted civil war that lasted until 1993, an immeasurable amount of NGO’s poured into the... Continue Reading >>

Jul 12, 2013 KH Cambodia

A vibrant rice paddy during the start of the rainy season.
  In a country with approximately 20% of the population living on less than 1 dollar per day, and over 80% rural, how do you define and target the more “vulnerable” groups?  This is the challenge faced by the Vulnerable Services Unit at KREDIT Microfinance Institute, Kiva’s oldest field partner in Cambodia.   One way to create the parameters of this definition is to focus on borrowers and rural entrepreneurs... Continue Reading >>