Tasha hails from Ithaca, New York, in the heart of finger lake region in upstate New York. She studied Spanish and Sociology at St. Lawrence University. Tasha has always had an interest in international development and wound up studying abroad in Madrid, Spain for one semester. She quickly realized that one semester was not nearly enough, and moved back to Madrid after graduation to teach English in a bilingual elementary school. Wanting to focus more on challenging systemic injustice and poverty alleviation, she moved back to the U.S. and started working at Oxfam America in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Oxfam she worked in the fundraising department, focusing on institutional funding, operations and championing gender justice. She is excited to see first-hand the impacts of microloans on entrepreneurs and social enterprises in Central America!

Fellows Blog Posts by Tasha CornellRoberts

May 14, 2019 CR Costa Rica, GT Guatemala

Over the past five months, I served as a Kiva Fellow in Guatemala and Costa Rica. Before coming to Central America, it was hard to ignore the headlines of violence and immigration that are often associated with countries in this region. Particularly as a solo female traveler, I was unsure of how my experience would be shaped by these issues.

For years, people have fled Central America - mainly Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador - to escape violence, search for economic opportunity and find a safe place to raise their family. Some people choose to make the trek with...

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Nov 6, 2018 GT Guatemala

I'm excited to be writing to you as the Kiva fellow stationed in Sololá, Guatemala, where I’ve been working with our Field Partner, ADICLA. I wanted to share one of my favorite memories from my time with ADICLA and tell you a little more a little bit about my experience in Guatemala.    One of the highlights of my time with ADICLA was the opportunity to see the impact that they’re having on their borrowers. ADICLA is providing much-needed support to many indigenous people and others who live in rural, hard-to-reach areas in Guatemala. I had the chance to...

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Sep 13, 2018 GT Guatemala

 Their shirts say "say no to deforestation"

Ah, it's that time of year again! Growing up in upstate New York in the United States, some of my late summer memories include the New York State Fair—particularly the concerts, popcorn, funnel cake and fair games-- I can almost smell it from here. However this year, as a Kiva fellow placed in Sololá, Guatemala, I was lucky enough to experience a different type of fair--the Feria de Sololá, or the Sololá Fair. This feria is held every...

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