Priya Vithani is a twenty-six year old Middle East and entrepreneurship enthusiast from Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2013 with a major in "Human Rights in the Middle East," Priya moved to Washington D.C. to start graduate school at George Washington University. Through her graduate program, Priya explored the connections between entrepreneurship and democratic development in the Middle East and North Africa region. While in school, Priya also worked as a desk officer at the U.S. Department of State, covering the North Africa region for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Priya has lived in Jordan and Egypt before and speaks Arabic. In her spare time, she enjoys political satire, traveling, trying new foods, and hip hop (both dance and music).

Fellows Blog Posts by Priya Vithani

Jun 6, 2017 LB Lebanon

Visiting Borrowers in Biet Ed-Deen, Lebanon When I told my friends and family that I was leaving my job in Washington D.C. to move to Lebanon as a Kiva Fellow, I got the same reaction from everyone: is it safe? Isn’t that near Syria? What's there?  Very few Americans know about Lebanon, and even those who do only know it through the lens of the media: images of war-torn buildings and a refugee crisis too big to handle. So, I will do my best to shed light on my experiences here in hopes that I can tell a story about Lebanon that isn’t told often enough, one of abundant hospitality... Continue Reading >>