National Volunteer Week: From Consulting to Confluence

In light of National Volunteer Week, Kiva Zip wants to acknowledge the many people who volunteer their time to make these social impact loans possible. Today we hear from Sushil, who comes from the financial sector as a volunteer! He's one of the newest members of the Kiva Zip team, and he now shares about his experience at Kiva HQ in the last month.

"In the past month, I've learned that Kiva is

a global social impact organization, a tech start-up, a community of diverse, passionate people, and a fantastic place to grow as an individual.

The entire community -- lenders, borrowers, employees and volunteers -- is genuinely motivated to create a positive impact. The photos of borrowers that are visible throughout the office and that are a part of our everyday work reinforce that culture.

The Zip team is an incredible taste of Silicon Valley with a social impact flare. The team moves quickly; consequentially, there are challenging, but incredible opportunities for individuals to stretch themselves. After a successful first quarter, the Kiva Zip team had a meeting in the sun at Yerba Buena gardens to eat, reflect on the past three months and discuss the path forward. Our fearless leader, Jonny Price, summed up the Zip experience succinctly through a poem, entitled 'Ithaka':

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all."

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Posted by Sushil Raja, Kiva Zip Extern

Apr 15, 2015

@Sushil_Raja is an adventurer, consultant, New Yorker and now Kivan. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 where he studied finance and mathematics. Later as a consultant in New York City, he did a variety of strategy work for retail banks in North America. After moving to San Francisco, he wanted to put his consulting chops to use in the tech world and found the perfect opportunity with Kiva Zip. This opportunity has enabled him to embrace the rapid, fast-paced world of a lean start-up while also contributing to an incredible social cause. Sushil likes adventures, inside and outside of work, and he has plans to summit Kilimanjaro this summer.

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