Many wonder how much of an impact microfinance has on the lives of people, and particularly whether it does anything to bring people out of poverty. I visited Jackson, a hardworking farmer and businessman who lives in the Kiruhura district of the Western region of Uganda. Jackson has so far taken five loans over the past couple of years, and as a result his business has grown tremendously. Before he was able to access any...
Olasoji Okeowo holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance from Middlesex University, and is an affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Before joining the Kiva Fellows Program, he was a Finance Analyst at Solina Center for International Development and Research in Abuja, Nigeria, where he was responsible for strengthening financial and internal control systems. Olasoji is passionate about creating lasting change in Nigeria’s private and public sectors, and hopes to spend his career promoting policies that contribute to sustainable development and economic growth. Outside of work, he enjoys reading about aviation and supporting the Arsenal Football Club.
Fellows Blog Posts by Olasoji Okeowo
Never has the saying, ‘If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation,’ resonated more with me. Before starting my fellowship with Kiva, I always wondered why most lenders loan money to women rather than men. However, the experience of visiting borrowers all over Uganda during this fellowship has given me a totally different perspective, as I’ve now been able to see and experience first-hand how key women are to development...Continue Reading >>