Stories tagged with Indonesia

Jul 7, 2009 ID Indonesia

by Zev Lowe, KF 8 Indonesia

Last Friday, suicide bombers attacked two major hotels in Jakarta — the Ritz Carlton and the Marriott. The group probably responsible for the two Bali bombings – the first in 2002 and the second in 2005 – is suspected to have carried out this recent attack in Jakarta. Bali is about 600 miles and several bodies of water away from Jakarta, so we didn’t feel the physical impact of the blasts. But the terrorist attacks in Jakarta brought back painful memories here in Bali.

The first time the Bali bombings came up in...

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Jul 7, 2009 ID Indonesia

by Cissy DeLuca, KF8 Indonesia

At TLM, there is an informal uniform code for each day of the week. Mondays are for blue shirts, Tuesdays are for orange, Wednesdays we wear green, Thursdays the staff wear the TLM batik and Fridays are for custom made blue and white shirts. On the back of these shirts reads, “Give your heart to love, Give your hands to serve.”

Roni, a TLM loan officer, in the field

In previous experiences...

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Jul 7, 2009 ID Indonesia

Hello from Indonesia! I am in my first week of my fellowship and wanted to make my presence known on the fellows blog. My name is Cissy and I will be working with Tanaoba Lais Manekat (TLM) in West Timor for the next 12 weeks. Unlike other fellows, I had the opportunity to work as an intern in the Kiva office in San Francisco for 5 months before my fellowship. I worked on the logistical side of the Kiva Fellows Program under JD and Zack. Like the idea behind Kiva, the actual office is a pretty awesome place. It has a warm atmosphere with lots of inviting couches and friendly people. The...

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Jun 6, 2009 ID Indonesia

By Zev Lowe, KF8 Indonesia

Watch as Jemy, the Kiva Coordinator at my host MFI, Dinari Foundation Bali, takes me on a nail-biting, jaw-dropping white knuckled ride home. This video is just one minute long, but the actual journey took half an hour.

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Zev Lowe started work at DINARI Foundation today. He recently completed his MBA at ESADE Business School in...

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Jun 6, 2009 ID Indonesia

By Zev Lowe, KF 8 Indonesia

The US dollar has recently risen significantly against many currencies. When I arrived in Bali to begin my Kiva Fellowship with DINARI Foundation, I received 10,295 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) for each of my US dollars. This is 10% higher than a year ago, when the US dollar was worth 9,350 IDR.

How does this fluctuation in exchange rates affect Kiva lenders, partners, and borrowers? Does this mean that an Indonesian farmer or food vendor is left having to bear the burden of the strengthening dollar?

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May 5, 2009 ID Indonesia

On my previous blog post, 77 is never too old to start a business, Jan commented that she would like to see the result of our TLM Kiva T-shirt Bonanza which took place last week (she heard about it by following TLM on Twitter, to do the same go here).

Fortunately, this also gave me the perfect excuse to express my thanks to Jan and John for their unwavering support of Kiva and the Fellows programme. For those of you who don’t know of them, Jan and John are professional grandparents from Calgary, Alberta, in Canada. In between their time grandparenting, lending on Kiva,...

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May 5, 2009 ID Indonesia

by Kieran Ball, KF6 & 7

“Poor people are like bonsai trees”, analogises Professor Mohammad Yunus, “Even choosing the best seed of the tallest tree, if you plant it in a small flower pot it cannot grow big. Society is the flower pot, the system we have built that keeps poor people from growing. The seed of the person is as good as the tallest tree, but we must change the system to let each person grow to their potential.”

Whilst Professor Yunus failed to mention that bonsai trees look totally hip on most coffee tables, this is still my all...

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Apr 4, 2009 ID Indonesia

West Timor is the country equivalent of Robert Downey Senior. The usual reaction is “West Timor? I didn’t know there was a West Timor. But I’ve heard of East Timor so I suppose it makes sense”.

And indeed it does make sense, especially if you live here. West Timor, formerly a Dutch colony until it was un-clogged in 1945, is on an island towards the eastern side of Indonesia (Timur conveniently means “east” in Indonesian) but, it should be stressed, not the most easterly island as that is Papua and or West Papua (to clarify please see www.google....

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Mar 3, 2009 ID Indonesia

DINARI, the microfinance institution I am working at in Indonesia, prides itself on sponsoring innovative projects and spearheading new initiatives. For example, they are currently working on a joint-venture with Habitat for Humanity building houses for low income people in west Bali. The most recent project DINARI has undertaken is a joint-venture with KGCB Radio, a station based in Denpasar, to develop DINARI’s own radio station. The radio station has yet to officially launch to the public but they are currently building programs and should be “on air” by early...

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Feb 2, 2009 ID Indonesia

The morning commute to the DINARI office on my motorbike no longer takes 30 minutes since I found all the shortcuts (by getting thoroughly lost) so I hesitantly say that I’ve “hit my stride” here in Bali.  Nothing wakes you up like an exhilarating bike ride at 7:30 am, dodging erratic drivers, enormous potholes, stray dogs, pedestrians in the middle of the road, and excessively crowded streets.

Last Sunday I loaded up my bike, said farewell to my two roommates from Jakarta and started the 2-3 hour drive, solo, to the DINARI office in Melaya, a small city in west...

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