Kiva Fellows 18th Class
Philip's interest in microfinance as a tool for development, poverty alleviation, and women empowerment can be traced to childhood visits to his extended family in the Middle East. He finally decided to take the leap into the development sector after working for two years as an Research Assistant at the Urban Institute in D.C. He served his first Kiva Fellowship in Palestine, and he looks forward to continuing to be a small part of a larger movement to alleviate poverty and spur development through his second placement in Lebanon.