In September, I became an official employee at Kiva. People have asked me almost every day since then, “How is going? Was the transition from a big company hard? What’s it like being at a, well, non-profit now?”
The answer is, things are awesome. It’s not necessary about the specific cause or the product, and it certainly has nothing to do with PHP or a 3-year-old legacy code base (which for, yes, I’m partially responsible). It’s because of this:
People. People like Sopha who are worth discovering but are otherwise isolated in the most remote and poorest places in the world. People like Zvi and Matt who can’t stop smiling every day they come in the office. People like John who quit their job after 10 years to pack up, ship out to Cambodia for months, and revel in applying their talents to connecting lenders to borrowers.
Once you know people and their stories, your motivation to evoke change becomes an unstoppable human response.
Way to go John. Welcome to the Kiva family.