Kiva Fellows 19th Class
Elin grew up in a small town in Sweden, close to the Norwegian border. At age 17 she decided to broaden her horizons and traveled to Chile as an exchange student. A year in South America really sparked her interest in other cultures and languages and since then she has taken the chance to explore various countries in South America, Asia and Europe. After returning to Sweden, she began studying economics with a focus on development economics at Uppsala University, where she was first introduced to microfinance. In order to learn more about the microfinance industry, she wrote her masters thesis about how microfinance targeting women can lead to higher gender equality. She is really eager to get the insider experience on the field and help implementing the Kiva processes. Elin also lived in China and South Korea where she studied Chinese, politics and macroeconomics before finally ending up in London where she works as technical manager for an education company. She is excited to combine her academic knowledge and professional experience when serving as a Kiva Fellow in Kenya, where she will work with Kiva Zip and two non-traditional partners.