Stories tagged with Philippines

Oct 10, 2009 PH Philippines

By Prem Thomas, KF9, Manila, Philippines

One of the great parts of being a Kiva Fellow in the Philippines is the access it gives you to other countries with relatively inexpensive domestic and international flights. Cebu Pacific is one of a handful of budget airlines in the Philippines that allow you to fly internationally to places like Hong Kong, Taipei and Vietnam for around $100 USD round-trip. You can also fly domestically for less than $40 USD which already came in handy when visiting a branch about a 45 minute flight away.

My favorite part about flights on...

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Oct 10, 2009 PH Philippines

By Ed Coambs, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Bacolod Philippines

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It is time to smile! That’s right Bacolod, Philippines has a festival that is committed to smiling. After all the city is also known as the city of smiles. I have had the distinct please of witnessing bright colors, load music and smelling chicken roasting on an open BBQ.

During the third week of October every year...

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Oct 10, 2009 PH Philippines

Tracking "Ramil" - Northern Luzon, Philippines

By Mary Riedel, KF9, Philippines

This is how my morning started…woke up around  5 am – packed and ready to go – off on my first trip to meet the Kiva borrowers after 2 weeks in the Philippines! Started humming a little tune to myself…”I’m on my way, I don’t know where I’m going, I’m on my way, taking my time but I don’t know where….( shout...

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Oct 10, 2009 PH Philippines

The aftermath of Typhoon Parma

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

We as Kiva lenders want to believe that the borrowers take out their loans in good faith. We want to believe that the Kiva field partners conduct the necessary due diligence to ensure that their clients have ability and determination to succeed.  But what happens when everyone is doing the right thing and disaster strikes?  Given the natural disaster that recently fell upon the Central and Northern Luzon provinces of...

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Oct 10, 2009 PH Philippines

By Ed Coambs kf9, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation

I am standing in the Charlotte Douglas International Airport October 13, enjoying one last long hug from my wife before I depart on my travels to Bacolod, Philippines. Little do I know the many lessons that I will learn over the next three days. My travels start with no problems as I board my plane in Charlotte at 6:10 am for departure to Cleveland, OH. The flight goes smoothly to Cleveland and I will have a few quick minutes to grab breakfast before my next leg of my flight to San Francisco. I had...

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Oct 10, 2009 CR Costa Rica

By Karl Baumgarten, KF9, Costa Rica

In the last 5 years, financial innovation has spread rapidly to the field of microfinance. What previously was better coined micro-credit is starting to live up to its name, with more and more MFIs starting to offer a full gambit of financial services: microinsurance, microsavings, remittances and others. Technology is enabling these products to spread faster and further. But just what are the impacts of these products and how can we be sure that microfinance is really doing all that its rosy image implies? One increasingly popular method...

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Oct 10, 2009 PH Philippines

By Prem Thomas, KF9, Manila, Philippines

We bend, but don’t break.” These are the words Lala, the Kiva Coordinator, at the Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (CCT) used to describe the Filipinos who have and will bounce back from the flooding caused by Typhoons Ketsana and Parma. My name is Prem Thomas, and today is my fifth day at the head office of CCT in Manila, Philippines. I spent the last four years working in finance in New York; most recently I was at a civic venture capital fund and previously worked at an investment bank. I will be...

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Oct 10, 2009 PH Philippines

The rain has stopped! Umbrella and tricycle outside ASKI!

Mary Riedel, KF9, Philippines

I’m sitting in Cabanatuan City, Philippines on the island of Luzon, which is one of the main islands in the Philippines (a nation composed of over 7000 islands)....

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Oct 10, 2009 PH Philippines

By Eva Wu, KF9 Philippines

Two days ago I learned that bayanihan means a community coming together as one, with lots of love and support – this is the way of Filipino culture. I feel like this is a perfect word to describe everything that I’ve experienced since becoming a Kiva Fellow. With all the news about how recent typhoons have ravaged the Philippines, I’ve received an outpouring of emails inquiring about how the situation here. I’m happy to report that Cagayan de Oro City, located in the southern region of Mindanao in the Philippines,...

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Oct 10, 2009 PH Philippines

ASKI lights the way in Cabanatuan City

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

I finally touched down in Manila at 2:30 AM  last Saturday morning.  After getting  my bags from baggage claim I wandered through the sliding glass doors and into the heat.   Where is my driver? Where is an ATM? Why is that little kid laughing at me?  My work as a Kiva Fellow had officially begun.

My name is Adam Preston and for the next 10 weeks I will be working with Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc (...

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