By Zal, KF9 Ecuador

Good day, folks.  My name is Zal, and this Friday, September 25, I’ll officially be anointed a Kiva Fellow for the KF9 Class bound for Ecuador working with Fundacion ESPOIR!  It’s been an absolutely wonderful experience meeting all the Kiva Fellows this week at the Kiva HQ in San Francisco, CA.

I’ve been working as a Product Manager at YouTube for the past two years and will be taking a three-month leave for my fellowship.  Previously, I spent three years at Microsoft in Seattle working on Windows anti-piracy in China and Brazil.  So, I’m very excited to be returning to South America!  After volunteering on and off for Kiva.org over the past year, the day is fast approaching for my departure to Quito, and I couldn’t be more excited.

You can find me on Facebook and YouTube, and of course, right here on the Kiva Fellows blog with more updates, videos, thoughts and experiences from my time at ESPOIR’s offices in Quito, Cuenca and Portoviejo (in Manabi).  Look forward to more ESPOIR loans, journal updates and blogs from me starting the second week of October!

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