April is an exciting month for the Jolkona team as we prepare for the arrival of our next Jolkona Catalyst cohort! The eight social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will journey from Indonesia to Seattle next month. During the three-week program these social entrepreneurs will work with mentors, innovative thought leaders, seasoned business professionals, and startup founders here in the vibrant Seattle community.
Today’s featured entrepreneur is Sandra Surya, Chief of Development of KKI. KKI is a microfinance institution that empowers people to exit poverty sustainably via comprehensive financial education. Sandra has seen that microfinance institutions in Indonesia are often hesitant to work in the urban slums due to higher credit risk and costs, but KKI is determined to reach the urban poor in Indonesia. KKI has been working for 5 years in these areas and has over 8,000 active beneficiaries. Sandra is looking forward to meeting mentors with microfinance experience in Seattle!
You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on May 25th in the beautiful Galvanize building in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!