Andreanne Yaghi

With over seven years of work experience in the Private Sector, Andreanne is committed to re-orienting her career to one that will have a greater social impact. She is motivated by the concept of using strategic and innovative business principles to solve social issues and is undertaking a ‘year of learning through volunteering’ prior to starting her MBA at the University of Oxford in September. After first dipping into this new sector through part-time volunteering at the Impact Hub Dubai, Andreanne started her ‘year’ at Ashoka in Cairo, Egypt where she supported the Arab World Venture Team in the search and selection process of system-changing social entrepreneurs across the MENA region. She is now looking forward to starting her fellowship with Kiva in Madagascar to dive specifically into poverty alleviation. Andreanne’s past work experience was focused in Marketing and Project Management for large-scale commercial conferences and exhibitions in Canada, the US, the UAE, India, Indonesia, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. She was born and raised in Canada and is of French Canadian and Lebanese ethnic origin.

Fellows Blog Posts by Andreanne Yaghi

May 29, 2016 MG Madagascar

You may know that Kiva not only partners with Microfinance institutions, but also with schools, associations, and social enterprises. Given my keenness for learning about different social enterprise models, I was stoked to find out that as part of my Fellowship, I was tasked with finding leads for new potential Kiva partners in Madagascar. This gave me the chance to meet (dropping Kiva’s name in cold emails worked wonders!) and learn about organizations currently tackling environment conservation, health, sanitation and energy challenges across Madagascar. I was particularly wowed by two... Continue Reading >>

May 27, 2016 MG Madagascar

View of a surrounding village of Antsirabe, Madagascar
Madagascar is one of Kiva’s newest territory and I am the lucky first Fellow to ever work in the country and visit Vahatra, Kiva’s Field Partner in Antsirabe. Vahatra’s mission is to improve the living conditions of poor families living on less than two dollars a day by promoting and assisting with the development of their economic and social autonomy. Vahatra offers microfinance services and training, social assistance, and health insurance... Continue Reading >>