Born in Paris to a Tunisian mother and a German father, Fred was raised by a nanny from Benin and the only boy among five girls. Thanks to his parents, at the age of 16 he has already traveled across 5 different continents, opening his mind to different cultures. After a Masters degree in Management, he discovered the concepts of Sustainable Development and microfinance. Having finished his MBA in Sustainable Development, he worked for 6 months at a legal office besides taking courses at the legal school to finally obtain a Master in private law. Afterwards, he worked for 2 years at an insurance company as a Project Manager working on the group strategy towards Sustainable Development. Unfortunately, he still felt a void in his work life, lacking fulfillment and sense of purpose. Then, he discovered the Kiva Fellows program of Kiva: travelling abroad, encountering people, trusting people, giving meaning to his work. Now, he is both thrilled and frightened to live this whole new experience as a Fellow for CAURIE in Senegal.

Fellows Blog Posts by Fred-éric Bergheimer

Jul 31, 2013 BJ Benin, GO Global Update, SN Senegal, TG Togo

I am now a Kiva fellow for almost 7 month in West Francophone Africa and I have lived some great adventures and learnt some fun lessons. In this blog post, I have decided to share with you some similarity I have encountered in the countries I have been living (Benin, Senegal and Togo). Hope you will learn some stuff, smile a little and maybe you’ll recognize yourself as a long-time fellow because: -       At the beginning of your experiences, you’ve thought that “Yovo” or “Touba” was your new first name -     ... Continue Reading >>

Apr 24, 2013 CV Cape Verde

Welcome to Fogo
Before going to Senegal, I knew I had to take a week off the country during my fellowship to renew my visa (Tourist Visa is only 3 month and I stay 4 in Senegal). From Dakar, there is not much choice for a cheap and direct fly to a nice country : Bamako, Abidjan, Niamey or Praia. For the first three destinations, I wonder if it was the best time for a French guy to go out there…so, with little convictions, I decided to flight to Cape Verde. I have to say that, in my imagination, Cape Verde... Continue Reading >>

Mar 20, 2013 GO Global Update

Last Week, I have the luck to meet Colette Faye, who is not only the president of Caurie's Village Bank but also one on the most nice and hard-working woman, I have met so far. She welcomes us in her house (she had built herself) and tells us about her story and how microfinance had help women in Senegal. Hope, you will enjoy this video as much as I appreciate my time spent with Colette: In the video... Continue Reading >>

Mar 5, 2013 SN Senegal

Some of you have may lend to women borrowers gathered in groups called "Village Bank", or "Banc Villageois" in French, the following is the story of this system in Senegal. In 1984, in a plane going to La Paz, John Hatch outlined a project in which poor people gathered in a group were directly in charge of their financial service program. The main idea was to provide small loan to poorest families, especially women, for helping them to start small businesses. Such as what Grameen Bank was already doing in Bangladesh. Village Banking has been designed to be a fully... Continue Reading >>