"I truly believed."

- Emily, Lender

During my time as a Kiva NYC Fellow, I had the honor of meeting and working with Hannah and her daughter, Little Luna, from 8 Bit Bakeshop. Hannah was one of the first borrowers I helped to fundraise a loan. After learning more about Hannah’s vision for 8 Bit Bakeshop’s future (and trying some of her delicious baked goods), I truly believed in Hannah and wanted to help in any way that I could.

I spoke to my friends and family about Hannah and shared her story to see if they would become lenders. Many felt a connection to Hannah and decided to lend. It came down to the wire, but thanks to 142 lenders around the world, Hannah fully raised her loan.

Whenever I see my dad, uncle, or friend Bill, they always make a point of asking about Hannah and sometimes even provide me with the latest news from Hannah's comments to her lenders.

Kiva brings people together. Not only did it allow me to get to know some incredible small business owners in NYC, but it also further connected me with friends and family. I have so much Kiva NYC love.


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Kathinka K. Nakstad

Kathinka moved to San Francisco to pursue her BBA degree, with a major in marketing. Being form Norway, she time to time misses the different seasons (especially winters with snow). One of her hobbies consists of finding a part of a city and explore it for a whole day. Checking out cool boutiques, and the best places to eat. Two of her favorite places to visit are Budapest and Vienna. No wonder her dream job would be to travel the world and write about the places she visits.