Born in Toronto to entrepreneur parents, Lauryn grew up in the world of small business, a world she’s excited to return to as a Kiva Zip Fellow in New York City. Much of her childhood was spent making, packaging, (and eating) delicious, ethically sourced dried fruit for her family’s home business. Lauryn’s passion for environmental protection led her to study environmental policy at the University of Toronto. While attending the 2008 UN Climate Negotiations as a youth delegate, she met youth from Small Island Developing States, an experience that opened her eyes to the human reality of climate change and inspired her to work as a community organizer with several Canadian nonprofits working for climate justice. Most recently, as Senior Campaigner at she empowered Canadians to start and win their own online campaigns on issues ranging from children’s mental health to protecting small businesses. It was here that she discovered the power of storytelling combined with a powerful online platform to connect people for change on a global scale. Lauryn is honored to be joining the KF28 class and looks forward to deepening her understanding of microfinance and how it can be used to help communities develop sustainably.

Fellows Blog Posts by Lauryn Drainie

Dec 22, 2015 GO Global Update

Queens Courage on display at the sneak preview of Chris's fancy new distillery. Proof + Gauge at the Astoria Distilling Company will be open to the public in January 2016.
When I called former Kiva Zip borrower Chris Murillo earlier this week, he was taking off his construction respirator as he answered the phone. I could hear things being built in the background, the final touches on what he proudly told me will “be the first official craft distillery in Queens” come January 2016.   Chris is the founder and... Continue Reading >>