Marina, who is of Italian origin, is a sustainability professional with international experience in responsible finance and development. She studied Economics and Management at Bocconi University in Milan and then pursued graduate studies in Environmental Technology at Imperial College in the UK. After spending a year working in sustainability consulting in London, Marina moved into the field of socially responsible investing at F&C (now part of the Bank of Montreal) where she engaged with large corporations regarding broad sustainability issues in order to influence corporate practices. She then moved to Paris, France, to pursue her career in responsible finance with Mirova, where she has a more in-depth focus on impact finance and broader “green” financial instruments, such as green bonds. Through her Fellowship with Kiva in Nicaragua, Marina is eager to apply her knowledge to foster development finance while also gaining hands-on experience in micro-credit and, in particular, access to energy finance. Most importantly, she is very excited to immerse herself in a new culture!

Fellows Blog Posts by Marina Iodice

Jan 2, 2018 NI Nicaragua

During my fellowship in Nicaragua I have come across some incredible borrowers, and their stories have touched me profoundly. I already knew this was going to happen, and it was one of the reasons why I wanted to become a Kiva fellow. What I did not know, however, was that these borrowers – and especially the women borrowers I met – would teach me some invaluable life lessons that I will take back to Europe with me.

A field of onions in Jinotega, Nicaragua

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Oct 25, 2017 NI Nicaragua

This article was originally published by the European Microfinance Platform and edited for this platform.

 Veronica Herrera, the MiCrédito team and me

Veronica Herrera co-founded MiCrédito, a Kiva Field Partner, in 2004 with the support of the Canada-based development association, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). “Empowering youth is vital to see the change in Nicaragua that we seek,” Herrera says. “I believe education, in addition to microfinance, is a...

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Aug 23, 2017 NI Nicaragua

I arrived in Managua on a Saturday night on the 29th of July - my first time in Nicaragua and in Central America. As I was gearing up the next day to start my first week of work with MiCredito, I discovered by chance that Tuesday the 1st of August was a bank holiday in Managua – a festival for the celebration of Saint Domingo, the city’s unofficial patron. I also discovered that the same celebration would be repeated after just 10 days to deliver the Saint back to the church where it was taken from on the first day of the celebration, with a similar ceremony. As surprised as I was, I quickly... Continue Reading >>