I’m spending the last one and a half months of my fellowship with Kepler – a nonprofit university program where students get the best of online learning paired with in-person seminars. All students graduate with a U.S. accredited degree and they’re currently tracking 100% employment rate post graduation.
Kepler is viewed as the top performing university in Rwanda – last year they had 6,000 applicants for 150 spots!
So what is Kiva doing at Kepler?
All students are required to have a laptop prior to commencing their studies and as the majority of Rwandans cannot afford a personal laptop, they need to take out a loan to purchase one. And that’s where Kiva comes in!
Kepler is pretty new to Kiva so I have quite a few big tasks here:
- industrialise and document best in class processes for Kiva
- train existing and new staff on Kiva processes
- raise student awareness on Kiva and what it means to take out a loan
- prepare Kepler for potential future loan products
What’s Kepler like as an employer?
My office hours are 9-5 now (yes, life is good!); I spend the majority of my afternoons working in the Kepler garden; and I am surrounded by talented and ambitious university students!
Oh yeah, and I now take the moto to work. I must confess, I only look happy in the video – all other times when I’m on a moto I’m a cranky mazungu telling the driver to slow down, to not swerve between cars and to not try to rip me off.