Irene Fung

Originally from Hong Kong, Irene grew up in Los Angeles, California. She has worked with several non-profit organizations that provide financial services to vulnerable groups and she is committed to building economically equitable and sustainable communities. She is especially interested in financial inclusion issues to the most marginalized. Irene received a master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Irene has studied and lived in China, Indonesia, and England and is excited to be adding India to the list. She served with KF19 in India and will be working with two partners in Indonesia.

Fellows Blog Posts by Irene Fung

Dec 27, 2012 IN India

By Irene Fung | KF19 | India

Water and Sanitation may not be the first issue that people associate with Kiva.  Entrepreneurs scoop up most of the headlines in micro-finance, but when it comes to alleviating poverty, other less publicized loan products are equally important. In fact, Kiva is committed to increasing peoples’ access to financial services to facilitate the development of water and sanitation, a key development challenge.

India has felt this challenge acutely with 67% of the rural households lacking any access to sanitation facilities. In Odisha, India...

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Nov 29, 2012 IN India

By Irene Fung | KF19 | India

Eileen and Irene are both fellows in India.  Eileen is living in Imphal, Manipur and Irene is in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.  While in conversations with one another, we have been struck by how different the cities are.  We’ve compiled these observations to share with you our experiences of the rich and diverse culture of India.  In Part I, we start with Irene in Odisha and continue with Eileen in Part 2.

Top 3 things that you always notice while roaming your neighborhood.

1. Inner City Cows.  As people familiar with India...

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