About Kiva Stories from the Field
On this blog, Kiva Fellows not only document their experiences with microfinance, they also highlight the culture, history, politics, geography, and cuisine of their host countries while introducing readers to friends, colleagues, and entrepreneurs. In one day, you might learn about the nuts and bolts of microfinance administration in Nepal, watch a slideshow of people celebrating a local holiday in Colombia, visit a shop-owner in Rwanda, and experience the challenges of making a living from silk-weaving in Cambodia. And that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the fantastic and fun original content you’ll find on this site.
We hope you’ll join us on our trip around the world of microfinance and that you’ll share your own experiences and insights in the comments. All we ask is that everyone approaches the dialogue thoughtfully.
We look forward to hearing from you!
About Kiva Fellows
Kiva Fellows are Kiva’s eyes and ears on the ground at Kiva’s partner microfinance institutions (MFIs) in more than 50 countries. Kiva Fellows chronicle microfinance in action through blog posts, videos, and borrower updates.
Kiva Fellows come from different countries and have a wide range of academic and professional experience. They live in their host country for a minimum of 12 weeks, immersing themselves in the local culture, interviewing Kiva borrowers, going on arduous journeys with loan officers, and helping to build connections between lenders and entrepreneurs.
Here are some pictures of Fellows in action for your viewing pleasure: