Lucy Prom

What matters most to Lucy is largely shaped by a world that existed before her. In one lifetime, her family became self-made business owners, lost it all during the Cambodian Khmer Rouge reign, and survived abusive labor camps, poor living conditions, and near death starvation. She is the youngest of seven and the only one fortunate enough to be born in America (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) where her daily stresses were not about survival. She considers herself very lucky and therefore have learned from her family’s past to see the intrinsic value in opportunities and community. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she moved to New York to work for Google in sales. A few years later, her career at Google brought her to China where she quickly developed an interest in developing countries and how innovative business models such as microfinancing and microwork sourcing can make an impact in the economy and the lives of the people there. She wants to join Kiva in pushing the limits of technology to make a difference in the world. By focusing on the human side of business, she believes she can give back to the world that has given so much to her and her family. She believes she can help promote global awareness, education, and self-sustainability to future world citizens and prevent things like the Khmer Rouge from ever happening again.

Fellows Blog Posts by Lucy Prom

May 7, 2014 GO Global Update

Who: Everybody!  Feel free to share this free event with your family, friends, customers, colleagues, mailman, dogwalker, everyone!  
What: Kiva City Los Angeles Reunion Event host by the Mayor's Office Of Economic...
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Apr 15, 2014 GO Global Update, US United States

 
Photo Credit: Rudy Espinoza
 
1.  His Business: Re-Designing Store to Increase Access to Healthy Food  Nelson’s store is the snack mecca for his neighborhood including dozens of junior and senior high school students who swarm the store every afternoon. Previously, on any given afternoon, you would see kids line up out the door to purchase excessively sugary, salty and processed snacks that made up most of Nelson's store inventory... Continue Reading >>


Mar 25, 2014 US United States

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Julio and William, second-time Kiva Zip borrowers from Los Angeles.  Within a few minutes, I could see how warm, dedicated and hardworking they are.  They are committed to their families, their business and their Kiva Zip lenders.  I'm excited (and honored) to share their story with you.    
Julio & William  
Julio first moved to the United States from El Salvador to escape civil war and build something better for his family.  His son, William, trained... Continue Reading >>


Mar 5, 2014 GO Global Update, US United States

Ezequiel Olvera was just 11 years old when he first met Alfredo, a cobbler and small-business owner in Los Angeles. Even at that young age, Ezequiel already had the entrepreneurial bug and approached Alfredo to ask if he could put a gumball machine in Alfredo’s shoe repair shop.  Alfredo agreed, as long as Ezequiel maintained good grades. Ezequiel held up his end of the bargain and he continued to place gumball and refreshment machines around the city, saving the profits towards his college fund.  
Years later, Ezequiel’s entrepreneurial...
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Dec 10, 2013 GO Global Update, KE Kenya

"Loans That Change Lives" & "Farmers First!"
Wrapping up my fellowship in Kenya has prompted me to reflect on what I’m finding most valuable about my time here.  Many experiences come to mind but the top two are: (1) being able to meet Kiva borrowers in the field and (2) being able to work closely with Kiva partners on the ground. 
  We spend a lot of time here focusing on Kiva borrowers and Kiva lenders.  We highlight Kiva borrowers to...
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