Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Francesca is a proud Peruvian and a fan of everything Peruvian-related, especially food! She majored in Economics and Business from Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru and started her career working in the transfer pricing practice at Deloitte where she became a consultant and managed her own team and clients. She later joined Unilever and its Customer Development Finance team and after a few years she decided it was time to go back to school and earn her MBA at Northwestern University-Kellogg School of Management. While at Kellogg, she interned during the summer at Reckitt Benckiser as an Assistant Brand Manager for Lysol and had a stint in Asia working on a market assessment project in Hong Kong for a Brazilian food company. After earning her MBA, she moved to Brazil and started working as a Product Manager for a consumer goods company, in charge of the adult care and
feminine care categories. As a KF31 Fellow, Francesca wants to empower people with business tools and solutions to lift themselves out of poverty.

Fellows Blog Posts by Francesca Velasco

Oct 17, 2016 BR Brazil

Kid jumping the rope
It's funny how Brazilians have a different date for almost every typical western celebration. For example, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on June 12th and Father’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of August. Children’s day (Dia das crianças) is a pretty big event in Brazil too and it is celebrated on October 12th. As part of this year Children’s Day, my field partner in Sao Paulo, Banco do Povo Credito Solidario, sponsored a day playing with Brazilian kids ("crianças" in Portuguese), from an... Continue Reading >>

Oct 7, 2016 BR Brazil

Here with Maria Aparecida, one of Kiva funded entrepreneurs in Brazil who benefits from lower interest rates
Most of us have heard at least once about Brazil: this enormously huge country, with crazy amazing beaches, great weather, great people, land of Gisele Bundchen, land of caipirinha and so on. For those who know a bit more about Brazil, perhaps you might know about Dilma Rousseff and its recent impeachment, the ongoing economic crisis that still hasn’t come to an end, the Olympics that were recently hosted in... Continue Reading >>