Meet the Kiva Zip Kenya Team: Pascalia Sila

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As the Relationship Manager and more appropriately the backbone of Zip's Kenya operations, Pascalia Sila has been with the Zip team since November 2011 when Zip first launched its operations here in Kenya. She manages trustee relationships and borrower matters and often times when borrowers or trustees think of the face of Kiva Zip, it's truly Pascalia they have in mind.

Background before Kiva Zip?

I have a bachelor of commerce in Banking and Finance, a post graduate certificate in Micro, Small, & Medium Enterprises Business Mentorship and a Diploma in Public Relations. I worked for K-Rep Bank for 5 years and for I & M Bank for 1 year.

What were you hoping to achieve at Zip?

I hope that Kiva Zip can be that community of choice where everyone wants to be included. Where lenders will find inspiring loans to lend to, be assured of getting their money back -- and not only their money -- but inspiring stories of what their money did. Where Borrowers not only get loans but advice for their businesses and even market for their products. And where trustees are able to network and find great value for being part of this community!

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about seeing people’s live impacted positively. Seeing them get their self- esteem back because somebody, somewhere believed in them and in what they are doing and trusted them with their money.

Advice for entrepreneurs?

Have focus on where you want your business to be. Strategize on how to get there and work hard towards that goal. Connect yourself to people who have been through that path and seek their guidance. Understand the mistakes they made so that you don’t make them.

Your business might be small today but never despise humble beginnings. You can create an empire out of it but only if you remain focused and invest your time and resources to it!

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Posted by Tiffany Vlaanderen, Kiva Zip Fellow, Kenya

May 28, 2014

Tiffany currently serves as a Fellow for the Kiva Zip Kenya team in Nairobi, a platform that allows people to lend to entrepreneurs directly in Kenya via mobile technology. She's interested in learning how we can work with individuals and communities to create economic opportunities for themselves.

Before becoming a fellow Tiffany worked at Kiva headquarters on the Marketing & Communications team and ate her way through countless Nopalito excursions in San Francisco. Before joining Kiva, she played tag with hundreds of Japanese elementary and junior high students daily and more formally served as their foreign English teacher in a small seaside, agricultural town in Kumamoto prefecture. She also wrote for Forbes Indonesia which truly taught her that you could love what you do on a daily basis -- it’s a feeling she's continually fighting for.

She has an insatiable appetite when it comes to food, sharing stories and challenging her perspective. Her hometown is a neighborhood full of endless dim sum & tacos in a pocket of Los Angeles. She enjoys capturing moments with her iPhone, spending time with warm people and listening to Drake narrate her life daily.

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