Hailing from a small town in rural Southeastern Ohio, Seth learned to appreciate the value of community and small business as a driver of economic development. Seth grew up in a family business and while formally educated as an engineer, he finds himself constantly reverting back to those guiding principles learned from his grandfather and father’s businesses. Seth was first introduced to the impact of Kiva through a presentation hosted at his university. Upon graduation, he entered the corporate world working in sales for Nichia, a Japanese LED manufacturer. Throughout his college and professional career, Seth was increasingly drawn to the developing world through visiting East Africa and Central and South America. As a Kiva Fellow, he looks forward to applying his real world sales and small business experience while leveraging his technical background. Seth feels incredibly grateful to return to Central America to join KF31 serving in El Salvador.

Fellows Blog Posts by Seth Broughton

Oct 12, 2016 SV El Salvador

With 40 years of experience behind her apron, Maria Dolores used a Kiva loan to transform a small artisanal breadmaking business into an ever-growing enterprise.  Maria continues to use traditional methods, including a wood-fired stove, to produce each high quality loaf just as her mother once taught her.  This traditional method, although time consuming, yields a tasty product favored by Maria’s customers in and around La Union, El Salvador.
Artisanal bread
With her bread sales, Maria can take in up to... Continue Reading >>