It has been just over three weeks since I started my fellowship with Kiva Zip. When I first applied to the program, I warned my family and friends that I would most likely be very “out of reach” for four months. Meaning that I would be working in a faraway place in a distant time zone- think Samoa, Togo, Bangladesh, or maybe even some country that I had barely heard of or knew very little about. It was much to my surprise after finding out I was accepted to be a Kiva Fellow that I was to be placed in Los Angeles working with Kiva Zip. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that as a...Continue Reading >>
Sydnie Nicoll studied commerce in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. It is there that she became highly interested in entrepreneurship and small business management. Her career took her to work for both smaller and larger organizations in Calgary and Toronto where she had the opportunity to connect with entrepreneurs and experience many facets of the organizations she worked for. Equally as passionate about business, Sydnie takes great interest in social impact initiatives and building community; Sydnie has worked with Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cross Cultural Solutions, and also directed a project that enabled Tanzanian wood carvers to sell their products in Canada. Through these experiences, Sydnie realized the opportunity to combine both her passions for business and humanity to empower people to live fulfilled and sustainable lives. Sydnie currently lives in Vancouver with her boyfriend, Jonas. She loves to be active - trekking is her activity of choice; most recent treks include: Machu Picchu, the West Coast Trail, Everest Base Camp, and the Chomolhari Trek in Bhutan.