Stanley Kwok

Stanley Kwok is our September Star Contributor, a volunteer who's stepped into the role of i18n (Internationalization) champion for Mifos as we migrate our UI to FTL pages. 

Stanley Kwok - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Stanley made a big impact in a short time when he joined our community. He fixed a number of bugs related to the Mifos User Interface, reviewed incoming patches from community members, and gained active commit privileges to the Mifos source code.  He has become our Internationalization (i18n) Champion, stepping up to lead efforts translating Mifos through as we migrate to a new UI framework on FreeMarker.  Stanley has a passion for solving challenging problems with elegant solutions. In the IT industry for 10 years, Stanley has worked in a wide range of companies and industries, using various  technologies.

Stanley stumbled upon Mifos by accident while looking for information on micro-lending (peer lending) on the Internet when he was working in the Philippines. Seeing a child – who looked to be his one year old niece’s age - sleeping naked on the street provoked him to make a difference. Returning to Vancouver, he found Bankers without Borders on line and through that, learned about volunteering for Mifos. “I said to myself, this is the chance to do something about poverty.”

Stanley's Impact

Stanley has fixed various browser and UI bugs that may affect the user in different languages. He has fielded questions about Mifos setup on IRC and mailing lists for new users and reviewed patches for bugs facing customers in Mozambique. 

He is currently working on i18n issues with the team at while also developing his first feature for Mifos (MIFOS-3591); something he is very excited about. Stanley looks forward to work on scaling Mifos and performance problems in the future.

 “With the i18n project, I hope Mifos can be deployed to more countries and thus bring microfinancing to more people and ultimately let them help themselves out of poverty and raise the standard of living.”

As a developer, Stanley finds working with a great community while learning cool things from talented individuals rewarding. He says the satisfaction that comes from knowing someone, somewhere will benefit from the work that he has done is spiritually rewarding.

Stanley would like to share his guiding principle in life: google desiderata.

Learn more about Stanley by reading his full Star Contributor profile