Rachel Lewis

Rachel was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She studied International Relations with an emphasis on the politics of international development at Western Washington University where she was passionately involved in developing and growing the university's Model United Nations program. Following the completion of her degree, Rachel was thrown headfirst into the world of finance when she went on to work in the Retirement Plan division for a mutual fund company that specializes in Islamic investing. She spent the majority of her professional career promoting financial literacy and helping individuals and businesses navigate the complex nature of the retirement plan savings landscape. Un-fulfillment in the corporate world and an unyielding desire to contribute firsthand to the alleviation of poverty led Rachel to pursue an MBA to gain a deeper understanding of successful business practices and how to help create meaningful economic growth. Rachel is extremely excited to put her experience in the financial services industry to work ground in microfinance with KosInvest.

Fellows Blog Posts by Rachel Lewis

May 23, 2013 XK Kosovo


My first mind blowing experience in Kosovo happened almost immediately when my feet touched the ground getting out of the bus in Kosovo - what an introduction to a country!

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Apr 10, 2013 AL Albania

This month I was lucky enough to meet a man that made a tremendously deep impact on me and I can't shake the image of his face from my mind.  Please allow me to introduce Hamit, an entrepreneurial pig farmer living in the Korca region in the south of Albania that I had the pleasure of meeting on a recent field visit.
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Mar 18, 2013 AL Albania

Ever fantasized about hitting the road and going deep into the depths of Albania? Chances are slim, but I am here to suggest you should start.

*Note: Danger in the title is not...

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Feb 27, 2013 AL Albania

Come with me on a journey to northern Albania, an area known for legendary hospitality, ancient citadels, and blood feuds.  In many villages in the north the people are not governed by 21st century european law, but a law that is much older called the Kanun. The Kanun, or canon, is a 500-...

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