I remember being in Ottawa with the most amazing cohort of smart, dedicated, and interesting Fellows, reflecting on how fortunate I was to be a part of this, and what adventures lay ahead for all of us.
Very large fish heads, starting with the eyeballs, and crunching the bones for protein, specially reserved for me as an honoured guest (and no utensils).
After about a month travelling to field offices around the country, observing and reporting on a wide variety of their operations, I joined a very small team made up of Bangladeshi staff from BRAC, with a mandate to develop and pilot a new program. This program would allow experienced microcredit borrowers to scale up their operations to include at least one other employee outside the family, and to access larger-scale loans through a more sophisticated underwriting process.
The opportunity was a wonderfully humbling experience, where you are placed with an indigenous organization, and told to try and be useful. It is an incredible privilege, and an important investment by AKFC and their partners. Be useful, but also be observant, test all your biases, and when you are finished, pay it forward.
I lead a community foundation connected to a credit union in Vancouver, BC, and also participate in AKFC’s Partnership Golf and Partnership Walk events every year with my family.