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Feb 2, 2010 ID Indonesia

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

In 1962 the folk artist Malvina Reynolds wrote this song to describe the suburban development she saw in the communities south of San Francisco. While the hills of San Francisco are about as far away from the hills of Bali, Indonesia as can be—both literally and...

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Feb 2, 2010

By Mohammed Al-Shawaf, KF9 Palestine

Wael and Mohammad (left to right) are Kiva clients in Gaza

I had heard that more than half of Gaza’s population lived under the poverty line (http://bit.ly/4mI5EU). I knew that since Hamas’ rise to power in Gaza–and its expulsion of its secular rival and the presiding party in the West Bank, Fatah–Israel had enacted a military...

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Feb 2, 2010

By Mohammed Al-Shawaf, KF9 Palestine

Wael and Mohammad (left to right) are Kiva clients in Gaza

I had heard that more than half of Gaza’s population lived under the poverty line (http://bit.ly/4mI5EU). I knew that since Hamas’ rise to power in Gaza–and its expulsion of its secular rival and the presiding party in the West Bank, Fatah–Israel had enacted a military...

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Feb 2, 2010 PH Philippines

The best part about leaving a place is that it generally means you will be arriving somewhere new.  You’re sad.  You’re excited.  You’re a whole bunch of simultaneous emotions.  I want to write this, my first Kiva Fellow’s Blog, while these emotions are still fresh;

while the bitter sweet sound of karaoke is still ringing in my ears;

while the last shot of the night is still processing;

and while the memory of 30 smiling fellows is firmly imprinted in my mind.

First let me tell you why I am...

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Jan 1, 2010

By Kati Mayfield, KF10 Honduras

We are the tenth class of Kiva Fellows (KF10), and we graduated from Kiva Fellows training! Now we must implement all that we have been charged with over the last week. Before I upholding my end of that promise, I need to reflect on the impact that the Kiva Fellows experience has already had on my life.

But how do I craft the perfect, viral blog that will accurately represent myself, my Kiva community, and the community in which I will be working and living?

I’ll start by trying to reflect the community that hosted us for...

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Jan 1, 2010

Uploaded by Nicki Goh on behalf of all of KF9!

Rap vocals from Brian Kelly , KF9 Armenia and Bryan Goldfinger, KF9 Peru.

Well done on getting this far through the week of training in one piece, KF10! Have fun at graduation tonight and have safe onward trips to your next exciting adventure! ENJOY!

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Jan 1, 2010

So I’m on day 4 out of a week-long Kiva Fellows training program that starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. straight through to 6:30 p.m. along with 28 other trainees from all over the world.  We’re fighting off all kinds of sicknesses from being together 10+ hours a day (i.e. braving a rainy outdoor trolley ride around San Francisco, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in the computer “sauna” room, and hi-fiving when our team scores on Kiva Jeopardy).

I thought I was the only one...

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Jan 1, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Nick Lewis, KF10 Indonesia

Ok FREEZE. What’s the first image that pops into your head when I say…….Bali.

Chances are it has very little to do with poverty and almost certainly has nothing to do with microfinance or the Kiva Fellows program. In fact, it probably doesn’t even have much to do with local Indonesians. When most people think about the “island of the gods”, as it is known in Indonesia, they picture honeymooners sipping exotic drinks while relaxing on pristine beaches, verdant rice terraces, or world-class surfers tackling some of the most famous breaks...

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Jan 1, 2010

By Meg Gray, KF9 Nicaragua, KF10 Costa Rica

Just two short weeks ago, I was going crazy trying to wrap up all of my projects at CEPRODEL, a Kiva Field Partner in Managua, Nicaragua and my first Kiva Fellows placement.  Today I am settling in for day two at Fundación Mujer in San Jose, Costa Rica- my second Kiva Fellows placement. Right now the 12 weeks ahead of me seem like an amazingly long time, but I know from my work in Nicaragua that it is going to fly by, so I should hit the ground running.

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Jan 1, 2010 VN Vietnam

By Alex Duong, KF9, Vietnam

A recent interview with John Hagel of my employer Deloitte sparked the idea for this blog entry (article here).  According to Hagel, the US market is maturing to the point where solely focusing on product and process innovation have decreasing marginal returns.  A good example is Microsoft Office or the iPod.  At first, new products came out every 4-5 years.  Now it seems the product line must be refreshed every 2-3 years.  So what could serving the poor have in common with profit oriented businesses?  It turns out there are plenty of parallels...

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