Stories tagged with Indonesia

Mar 3, 2012 ID Indonesia

Heather Sullivan | KF17 | Indonesia    

Weekends as a Kiva Fellow can be slow.  How slow?  So slow that after an afternoon of quality time with my Kindle, I recently found myself reading the ”help wanted” section of a local newspaper. 

The listings were almost all in Bahasa, and it is safe to say that I haven’t exactly mastered the language in a period of six weeks.  Still, it was hard not to notice certain consistencies, and the few postings in English confirmed the pattern:  Indonesian firms are unapologetic in specifying the sex and maximum age ...

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Feb 2, 2012 CM Cameroon

Compiled by Allison Moomey | KF16 & KF17 | Bénin 

KF17 fellows have made their way out into the field. Some to more tropical locations, such as Michael Slattery who took this picture in Togo, and some to the bitter cold found in Mongolia.

KF17 fellows have now made their way into the field, which means new workplaces, new countries, and new cultures for us all. Even more importantly it means fascinating new blog posts from every corner of the globe for you...

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Feb 2, 2012 ID Indonesia

Heather Sullivan | KF 17 | Indonesia

Nearly every Kiva Fellow will tell you that meeting borrowers is one of the greatest satisfactions of serving “in the field.”  It’s a delight to sit down with a group of borrowers and hear them talk about their families, their small businesses, their challenges, and their accomplishments. Quite possibly, local snacks will be involved; if you’re lucky, the snacks will not only be “locally sourced” but indeed specialty confections made from scratch by one of the borrowers. (In Kiva Fellow lingo, this is...

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Jan 1, 2012 AZ Azerbaijan

Compiled by Laurie Young, KF16, Indonesia

I know! We can’t believe it either! Our Kiva Fellowships, as the 16th class, have come to an end.  So what’s in store for us once we return to our homes? Or perhaps, stay in the field for another fellowship?  Read on for the next chapter in the lives of some of the 16th Class of Kiva Fellows Alumni.

Jim Burke, AFODENIC, Managua

I am returning to San Francisco after working around Latin America for the past year. Apparently,  it’s time to go home and get ‘a...

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Dec 12, 2011 AZ Azerbaijan

Compiled by Kate Bennett, KF16 Peru

Do: A Kiva Fellowship. It'll change your life. (Eric Rindal, KF15 Sierra Leone, KF16 Bolivia)

The sixteenth class of Kiva Fellows has all but left the field- but we’re by no means done talking about our experiences. We’ve collectively spent 422 weeks in the field (just over 8 years!) and worked an estimated 16,650 hours at Kiva field partners around the world.  Needless to say, we’ve got a lot of...

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Dec 12, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF16

Awhile ago I attended a Kiva loan disbursement for VisionFund Indonesia with my Kiva Coordinator, Valentine.  She and I were both intrigued by a product called Mr. Cool that Layla, the leader of the group, has a business turning into ice cream pops.  Often times the borrowers we met during field visits were quiet and reserved.  However, Layla was extremely excited to have us in her home and show us all about her business making Mr. Cool pops.  She was the most outgoing and charismatic borrower I met during my time in Jakarta and, because of this, I wanted to...

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Nov 11, 2011 AZ Azerbaijan

Compiled by Jim Burke, KF16, Nicaragua

A Warm Welcome! Manana offers the best from her garden. By DJ Forza, Georgia

This week’s Fellows Blog focuses on adaptability: Adapting microinsurance to poor households in Indonesia, an MFI in Turkey adapts to the needs of women entrepreneurs, a multifaceted borrower in Nepal adapts to market pressures, and a Kiva Fellow adapts to changing expectations. In a continuation of The Stuff Kiva...

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Nov 11, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF16, Indonesia

Vice Minister of Finance giving the Keynote Speech on the second day of the event

I was fortunate enough to be invited to accompany the Director of VisionFund Indonesia to attend the ‘First Microinsurance Marketplace in Indonesia’ coined ‘MIMPI.’  The event was a joint effort by the Indonesian Insurance Council, World Bank and the IFC with the three main goals being:

  • “To provide an opportunity to showcase innovations...
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Nov 11, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF 16, Indonesia

According to the World Bank of Indonesia, more than 50% of Indonesians live on less than $2 US per day/per person and more than 80% live on less than $4 US per day/per person.  In addition to this, they estimate that greater than one-third of households don’t have access to any formal financial services and microinsurance in the market is negligible.   To put this in perspective, the population of Indonesia is estimated at around 245 million and, “in Indonesia today, about one third of the population, or about 77 million people have no...

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Nov 11, 2011 EC Ecuador

Compiled by Kate Bennett, KF16, Peru

Students from Fundación Paraguaya's financially self-sufficient San Francisco Agricultural School sell their products in Asunción's weekly farmer's market

This week’s Fellows Blog is armed with stories from the field: stories of the uncertain world borrowers live in, and how they (and we) cope with it. We’ve learned that everyone gets tired running a 5K in Paraguay, but for a good enough cause, we can...

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