Eric Gross grew up in Juneau, Alaska before attending Pomona College to complete an undergraduate degree in Economics. After graduation, he joined the global asset manager, PIMCO, working on their client management team in Newport Beach. He worked for four years with the firm’s institutional corporate clients, focusing primarily on corporate balance sheet assets. While at PIMCO, as part of their Emerging Enterprise Program, he was selected to serve as a pro-bono consultant and spent a summer collaborating with an NGO in Peru to develop a financial model to facilitate easier access to credit for farmers in the region. This initial exposure to microfinance inspired him to become a Kiva fellow, which will allow him to further explore the world of microfinance. He is a CFA charterholder and news junkie, who enjoys learning about the global financial system. Outside of the office, he can be found surfing or looking for opportunities to travel to new and exciting places!
Sep 15, 2017 Myanmar
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I’m always fascinated by the borrowers around the world that Kiva Fellows highlight. A natural skeptic, I always assumed these profiles were carefully selected, the messaging massaged and refined. However, having lived in Myanmar for over a month now, working with Kiva’s partner Sont Oo Tehtwin, I can definitively claim the opposite. Every borrower I’ve met has impressed me with their unique skills and creativity.
While I could choose any person I’ve talked to as an example, one person I want to mention is Kyi Aye, a man who has a business buying broken...