Nov 5, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Rourke Healey
Meerim’s Story: Paving the way for her sisters in Kyrgyzstan

Meerim is pursuing her dream of diplomacy, to introduce her country and everything she loves about it to other nations around the world. She is an ambassador for all girls who dream to follow in her footsteps someday.

Read her story and watch her video at Kiva's Medium Page.

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Rourke was born and raised in the East Bay Area. He recently graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles where he studied Diplomacy and World Affairs and minored in Psychology. During his junior year, Rourke studied abroad in Arusha, Tanzania where he developed a keen interest in international development. He has returned to the East African region twice to complete Swahili training and his thesis research on middle class consumer behavior in Dar es Salaam. His passion for microfinance was discovered when he travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal last winter to work with an MFI supporting women’s empowerment though microloans. Rourke enjoys biking, getting outdoors and exploring new places. At home, he spends his free time writing, watching live music and going to local sporting events.

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