Alix persisted: 'I'm courageous and I’m strong'

“I’m creative, I'm courageous, and I’m strong.” 

These are the words of Alix, a 20-year-old student whose family left their home in Burundi in 2014 and became refugees in Rwanda. Her parents inspired her to pursue a college degree, and she received a laptop loan from Kiva lenders for her undergraduate studies. Alix sees the loan as benefitting not just her, but also her family and everyone who she will employ in her future business ventures. 

“I have this goal to be an entrepreneur,” Alix says. “In 5 years, I see myself as a successful woman, an African woman.” We’re so excited to be part of Alix’s success - share her story, and fund a loan to a driven woman like Alix in honor of International Women's Day.


About the author

Talea Miller

Talea is excited to combine her love for powerful storytelling and her digital strategy experience. She comes to Kiva from the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she managed digital strategy for the foundation's consumer-focused PSA campaigns. Prior to that she was a reporter and producer at the PBS NewsHour for five years. At the NewsHour she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the developing world as part of the program's global health unit, covering a wide range of stories including the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, doctor shortages in Tanzania and the mistreatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia. In addition to being a news junkie, Talea enjoys photography, hiking and attempting to paint. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism and is originally from Maryland. So she also knows a lot about horses.