Hi readers!  My name is Ben Elberger and I work with Kiva as a Microfinance Partnerships Manager.  I’ll be blogging for the next six weeks from Africa as I travel with Chelsa Bocci and John Berry, Kiva Microfinance Partnership Directors, to our partners in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

Right now, I’m sitting in my friends’ dining room packing up final things and getting ready to head out to Dulles Airport for my flight to Entebbe (via Amsterdam).  Chelsa and I will meet up in Amsterdam and we’ll rendezvous with John in Uganda.  It’s exciting, I’m a little nervous, but it will be amazing to see the impact of Kiva’s work in the field and to explore new partnerships with great microfinance institutions.  We’ll begin the trip in Uganda at the 3rd African Microfinance Conference, head over to Rwanda, then visit our partners in Nairobi and Kisumu in Kenya, fly down to Dar es Salaam and visit YOSEFO and some great potential partners in Tanzania, and then visit our two partners in Mozambique as well as a few prospective Kiva partners.

We’ll try to blog every chance we get so keep coming back!

Ben

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