My name is Liesbeth Sijtsma and I work as a Loan and Investment Risks analyst at Oikocredit's office in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. As an analyst, I evaluate potential loans and investment projects against a strict set of Oikocredit's financial and social criteria. I then recommend whether to invest in or lend to the projects.
In August this year, I travelled to Kenya to meet with representatives from Oikocredit's East African office and visit potential and existing project partners. After spending the first three days conducting training sessions , I had the chance to meet with people who's lives have been changed by microfinance. Here are some of their stories.