Oct 17, 2013 MX Mexico

We all work hard.  We all put in time into something we are passionate about.  Or, we exhaust all our efforts into something we believe will make a difference.  Studying for tests.  Crunching numbers in the office.   Life is work.  Work is life.  Throughout my entire life I’ve been fortunate enough to meet extremely hard working individuals that have inspired me to not only work hard (my father) but follow your heart (my mother) despite any setbacks you may face (my sister).   However, in only a few weeks into my Fellowship I encountered a person,... Continue Reading >>


Oct 15, 2013 GO Global Update

 
I have some good news and some bad news...
 
Bad news first? My output of sweat has not decreased even though I have now been in the Philippines for more than a week. The humidity of the Negros Islands continues to feel like 100%. But, I really can't complain because without this tropical weather, I wouldn't have the beautiful landscapes to see or film.
 
The good news? I am starting to get a handle on the learning curve of my new equipment. The camera is starting to feel like an extension of my arm...
Continue Reading >>


Oct 15, 2013 PE Peru

The majesty of Peru extends far beyond Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. This country is teeming with cultural, historical, and geographical diversity.  The following post combines the perspective of three Kiva fellows recently in Peru.  Each offers a brief glimpse into a region where they served and a specific example of how micro-finance with Kiva is making a difference on the ground. The Spanish conquerors oversimplified Peru into three geographic regions: 1. Sierra (mountain highlands), 2. Selva (broadleaf rainforest), 3. Costa (desert coast).  Although these regions do... Continue Reading >>


Oct 13, 2013 KE Kenya

If you are privileged enough to visit Nairobi, you can decide to approach the city out of fear and simply visit the airport, hotels, and expat bars.The other more rewarding option is to enjoy the vibrancy and rich culture of Nairobi (aka "Silicon Savannah") by using public transportation to navigate the capitol.

Make sure to remember a few things to lower your chances of over-paying, getting lost or getting stressed:

  • Death and taxes....and traffic:...

Continue Reading >>


Oct 12, 2013 UA Ukraine

I'm going where? Ukraine! Being Kiva Fellow is being flexible, and for me that meant both the fear and the thrill of going where I'd never thought I'd go - the former Soviet Union!  As a media fellow in Eastern Europe, I've been traveling and photographing Kiva borrowers in Southern Ukraine and Crimea - near the black sea - for about a month now.  I've met farmers who have taken out loans for greenhouses, drip irrigation and small motor tillers through one of Kiva's field partners here - ACM (Agro Capital Management). Many...

Continue Reading >>


Oct 9, 2013 KE Kenya

Man performing Muslim prayers while waiting for the terrorist siege to end
The media hype may be winding down but many of us here in Kenya are still shaken by the Westgate terrorist attack. While my own experience may not be as compelling as those in the news, it has left me with a deeper compassion for those who live in constant fear. 

Early afternoon Saturday, September 21st, I was sitting in a seminar at the Storymoja Literature Festival at the National Museum of...

Continue Reading >>


Oct 9, 2013 PH Philippines

9:00am Departure to Bayawan, Philippines

 

The first two days of shooting interviews with Kiva's successful borrowers can be summed up in one word: amazing. First days are always a bit tough with unexpected obstacles and snags here are there, but I think it was those obstacles and snags that made the first days all the more fulfilling. It was...

Continue Reading >>


Oct 7, 2013 GO Global Update

My personal mission statement: As a Kiva Media Fellow, my goal for this journey in Southeast Asia is to share the stories of Kiva borrowers to the world, through my eyes and my lens. I want to help people see how their contributions from around the world change the lives of so many.  

All packed up and ready to go! So long New Jersey
With only a few pieces of clothing and a ton of gear, I set out for a journey of a lifetime. The... Continue Reading >>


Oct 4, 2013 TZ Tanzania

One of my favorite weekend activities in New York City is to go out to eat with my husband and try new restaurants.  New York has some amazing food and a lot of unique restaurants to visit.  When I learned I would be going to Tanzania I was very excited to spend some time in East Africa.   I decided that while there I wanted to make sure and sample different local food.   So here I am, halfway across the world, ready for my food adventure to begin.  Will it be some strange bug or exotic fruit,  maybe a rare meat that is only known in this region, or... Continue Reading >>


Oct 2, 2013 IN India

Tea Stall Along the Ganges River
When I arrived at field partner BJS on the first day of my fellowship, I was warmly greeted by staff, then swiftly escorted into the CEO’s office. The first order of business? Tea. “How would you like your tea, madam? Black or with milk?” “Um, with milk, please. Thank you!” It arrived in a beautiful white china teacup decorated in gold. A special guest cup, to be sure. There I sat with a few staff members as we got to know each other over tea. I felt so proper and...
Continue Reading >>


Pages

LendingOnKiva