Stories tagged with Tanzania

Dec 12, 2011 KE Kenya

By Kiva Fellows in Africa, KF16
Compiled by Tejal Desai, Sierra Leone

Kiva Fellows from KF16 take on Africa!

Where might you find muzungu hunting? Where do Kenya’s elite runners hail from? And what do most borrowers in Burkina Faso use their business profits for? Kiva Fellows from KF16 bring you a unique perspective from the diverse and vast continent of Africa! We patched together an overview of each of our placement countries that includes: basic...

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Nov 11, 2011 AZ Azerbaijan

Compiled by Jim Burke, KF16, Nicaragua

We are Kiva Fellows. This is the stuff we like. Here is an insider (often critical, or satirical but always true!) view of what it means to be a Kiva Fellow and promote access to financial services around the world. From party crashing to bazaars to street food, these are the things we like and thrive on. Check out Stuff Kiva Fellows Like (SKFL) #1-9!

#10 Street Food

Mariela Cedeño, KF16, Cochabamba, Bolivia

I’m not...

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Nov 11, 2011 EC Ecuador

Compiled by Kathrin Gerner, KF16, Rwanda

Meru, Kenya (by Claire Markham)

This week on the Kiva fellows blog, start out by learning about three new microfinance products – microinsurance in Indonesia, higher education loans in the Philippines and green and water loans in Kenya. Continue on to Nepal to admire the handiwork of artisan borrowers. Make your way to Ecuador to find out more about the risk of indebtedness. Share the fellows’ personal...

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Oct 10, 2011 PY Paraguay

By Alba Castillo, KF 16, Paraguay

 Before this month, I had never ran an organized race. But when I heard of Fundación Paraguaya’s (FP) 5K to celebrate their new initiative in Tanzania, I was in! Yes, I said Tanzania – over 6,000 miles away from FP’s headquarters in Asunción. I will go into more detail about this great venture in a bit. But first, back to the 5K.

The race took place at FP’s financially self-sufficient and award-winning San Francisco Agricultural School, a.k.a. Cerrito, for the Low Chaco town it is located in.

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Oct 10, 2011 TZ Tanzania

“This isn’t America. New Orleans is like a developing country.”

In the four weeks I’ve lived in New Orleans, I’ve heard this statement from nearly ten different people. Glancing around at the Wal-Marts, the boutique frozen yogurt shops, the SUVs, and the stately houses on St. Charles Ave., it’s been hard for me believe the comparison. But the complaints about the city do parallel those I heard about and witnessed in Tanzania: there is rampant corruption. Nothing works the way it should. Everything happens slowly. The labrynthine...

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Oct 10, 2011 TZ Tanzania

by Rebecca Corey, KF16, New Orleans, USA

In 2009 when I told friends and family I was moving to Tanzania to study international development and to work for Kiva in the field of microfinance, or the furnishing of small loans to the working poor, we all had certain pre-formed ideas about how impactful and necessary my work was sure to be. We understood that in terms of GDP, literacy, infant mortality, and other common measures, Tanzania is a “developing” country, Third World, periphery. In another word: poor. As a recent college graduate, I had established ideas about poverty...

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Oct 10, 2010 TZ Tanzania

By Ann Hingst, KF12 Tanzania

While many Americans will spend next Sunday, October 31, trick-or-treating, Tanzanians will be headed to the polls.  October 31, 2010 marks a general election for Tanzania, and voters will choose their President for the next five-year term.  It is widely anticipated that the incumbent, Jakaya Kikwete, will be re-elected for his second and final term.  Tanzania has been a de facto one-party state since its independence in 1961.  Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), or the Party of the Revolution, has produced all of Tanzania’s presidents since Julius...

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Aug 8, 2010 TZ Tanzania

By Ann Hingst, KF12 Tanzania

Every Kiva Fellow attends a weeklong training at Kiva Headquarters in San Francisco.  The training we received is top notch.  But what happens once a fellow is in the field, and all of a sudden forgets the procedure for reporting loan repayments in Kiva’s system or has trouble navigating the politics of the microfinance institution (MFI) that he or she is visiting?  That’s where the portfolio team comes to the rescue.

Each region has a team of professionals that maintain relationships with multiple MFI’s in a region, and also...

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Jun 6, 2010 TZ Tanzania

Rebecca Corey, KF9 and KF10 Tanzania

I’ve now been in the field as a Kiva Fellow for almost four months! It’s hard to believe all that has happened in this short time. I’ve battled malaria, ridden the local daladalas ‘til I know their paths like a local, developed a healthy taste for “chipsi mayai” (an egg and french fry omelette–the most popular Tanzanian street food), learned every Kiswahili greeting around (and there seem to be hundreds!), and settled into life with my beautiful homestay family. I’ve also conducted a borrower verification of SELFINA (a...

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Jun 6, 2010 TZ Tanzania

By Sara Strawczynski, KF11 Tanzania

Five months after boarding a plane to San Francisco, it’s time to wrap up my Kiva Fellowship.  For my last post, I’d like to honour a tradition set by past Tanzanian Kiva Fellows (see  posts by Alec Lovett KF4; Jara Small, KF5; and Jennifer Gong, KF9) and share a few of my observations from this crazy and charming country.  Hope you enjoy!

You know you are in Tanzania when…

  • Handshakes can last several minutes –as long as it takes to get through daily greetings.
  • If it takes under...
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