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Juana’s “Haute Coiffure” salon in Samaná, Dominican Republic

Meet Soumaila, The Unstoppable!

During my borrower’s verifications, I met incredible borrowers with their own unique story of faith, survival and hope. But among them, one man’s story lingered with me and I could not shake his face off of my mind. The man was Soumaila; a small and humble man with an infectious smile.
Soumaila (in the middle) proudly showing his parcels

A Peek at the Stories Behind A Loan Disbursement

My first attendance to a loan disbursement was at Micro Start, one of Kiva’s field partners located in Gounghin, Ouagadougou. What started as a routine day turned out to be the most inspiring experience of my life.

Changing the ‘Default Settings’ of African Women

A conversation with Angeline Murimirwa, Regional Director of Camfed

In the heart of a group loan meeting in Samaná, Dominican Republic

Palestinian Borrower, Ramadan Beverages

A Kiva Borrower, who found success in selling Arabic Coffee in the streets of Jenin, inspired me to write about the beverage that millions of people wake up to in the AM, to as well as some Ramadan beverages commonly consumed in Palestine! (Video)

Trifusion Yoga Studio

Defaulted Borrowers Tell Their Story

This summer, I have the privilege of working with one of Kiva's Field Partners, Urwego Opportunity Bank (UOB), in Kigali, Rwanda. As part of their semi-annual roadshow, the UOB management team traveled around Rwanda visiting each of the 13 branches and meeting borrowers.

Can You Smell What Kiva Zip Entrepreneurs Are Cooking?

Jorge, City Saucery | Photo: Parris Whittingham |

Kiva Zip entrepreneurs in New York are a group of over 150 creative people with small businesses such as family farms, bakeries, media, and apparel. The Kiva Zip team is constantly inspired by the passion they put into their work but it's a really difficult feeling to convey to Kiva lenders, partners, and community.

Our solution to this problem was to bring our entrepreneurs directly to the community! Over one hundred enthusiastic Kiva Zip supporters gathered at our New York City co-working space to meet a dozen of our food producting entrepreneurs, including Jorge pictured above, and left with a belly full of their food and beverages.

What Matters Most

As I pass the halfway mark in my fellowship, I’ve been taking some time to reflect. A self-diagnosed pragmatic dreamer, I’m forever faced with the challenge of having to keep my feet on the ground but not wanting to let my dreams fly away.


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