Jason Stout grew up in Utah and the Netherlands and has spent nearly a quarter of his life living abroad. He is currently getting his Master’s of International Affairs, studying international finance and economic policy at Columbia University and works as an Analyst at Emerging Market Economics. In his spare time Jason helps manage a website and podcast he co-founded, which is dedicated to advocating service and poverty elimination (NoPoorAmongThem.org). Jason’s enduring passion is economic development and human rights. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, volunteered in Russia with a UN-affiliated refugee NGO and volunteered in Ukraine for two years with the LDS Church. Here he managed public health projects for over 25,000 youth and provided free English education. Jason has worked extensively with refugees and victims of human trafficking in the US with Catholic Charities and Child Rescue of North America. He is excited to return to Ukraine as a Kiva Fellow. Jason is a proud husband and father of a one-year-old. They currently live in New York City, where they enjoy Ethiopian food and old Russian movies.

Fellows Blog Posts by Jason Stout

Jul 26, 2013 UA Ukraine

Chernobyl.   That’s probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Ukraine. Either that or the Soviet Union. It’s one of those former Soviet republics the world has forgotten. (Ukraine? That’s part of Russia, right?)   History hijacked, present overshadowed, future uncertain.   Those are, in a nutshell, the three fundamental reasons that Ukraine needs Kiva. And here are 7 striking examples.   Hijacked History   1. The Holodomor  
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Jul 18, 2013 UA Ukraine

A cool two-hour drive downriver from the still-entombed (yet unstable) Chernobyl nuclear disaster site stands Ukraine's capital city Kyiv (Kiev). As with most cities at this latitude, it's sweltering during the summer and many residents don't have air conditioning. Those who live outside the city, however, are able to endure the heat more easily.  For the last two months I've been living at a dacha, or cottage, where my parents-in-law live.
My parents-...
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Jul 10, 2013 UA Ukraine

1. If you’re traveling with a significant other, bring a padlock. (Don't worry, it's only for the Bridge of Love)
This bridge in Kyiv is completely full of (mostly) old locks that couples place here as a sign of their commitment. It's the green version of the heart-carved-in-a-tree tradition, if you will.
2. You will definitely meet some amazing...
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