Stories tagged with Philippines

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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Sep 9, 2009 PH Philippines

Hello All Fans of Kiva,

My name is Ed Coambs and I am very excited to be joining the Kiva fellows team. I am in San Francisco, CA and the weather is great, the other fellows are amazing and soon I will have great stories from the Philippines to share.

Best Wishes,

Ed

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Aug 8, 2009 PH Philippines

By Sloane Berrent, KF8, Ahon sa Hirap, Inc, Philippines

A Center Meeting in San Jose, Antique, Philippines.

“How has Ahon sa Hirap, Inc.” (ASHI and my host microfinance institution) “being here in your barangay or in your town helped your community?”

I ask the women from ASHI during each Center meeting that I attend. There are a few variations on this question. I ask how their lives have changed and what the Center... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2009 PH Philippines

by Milena Arciszewski, KF8

I’m volunteering at Community Economic Ventures, an MFI in the Philippines.  Today I prepared a journal update for a Kiva borrower that I liked so much that I’m posting it here, too.

I hope you enjoy it!

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To lend to borrowers like Restituta, check out: http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesses&partner_id=125&status=fundRaising...

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Jul 7, 2009 PH Philippines

By Sloane Berrent, KF8, Philippines

Special Mission should you choose to accept.

The Kiva Fellows Program is looking for a Tagalog-speaking (or Cebuano) person of Filipino descent for a placement at a microfinance institution on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. That means you must be comfortable being placed there and traveling around the region.

Why Tagalog/Cebuano speaking and Filipino?

Kiva abides very closely to the State Department issued warning and there is currently a travel advisory against U.S. citizens...

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Jul 7, 2009 PH Philippines

By Sloane Berrent, KF8, Philippines

“Tell Ma’am Sloane about your recent project.” Sir Rexon asks Sir Ronnie while we sit having lunch on Talim Island in Binangon, Rizal, where I am visiting an ASHI branch for the day. Everyone here goes by Ma’am and Sir as a sign of respect.

This island, is the 12th and final stop on the small transporter boat from Morong, and one of ASHI’s strongest branches and most remote. No cars are on the island, only tricycles (motorcycles with sidecars) and the main thoroughfare’s fences in front...

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Jul 7, 2009 PH Philippines

By Drew Loizeaux, KF8 Philippines

The last 4 months working as a Kiva Fellow have allowed me an up close look at many different sides of microfinance. It has been fascinating for me to see and made me look at the loans I make through Kiva in a different way.

As Kiva Lenders, our money not only goes to the borrowers themselves, but through our interest free loans we are also directly supporting each Kiva Partner that we lend through. Each Kiva Partner is different, and no matter what your reason is for believing in the power of microfinance, there is an organization...

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Jun 6, 2009 PH Philippines
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The cool, air-conditioned air and excited, friendly people inside the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) office was a pleasant change from chaos and hot, humid weather of Manila outside. Last Tuesday was the first day of the Kiva Partnership with CCT, and my first day as a Kiva Fellow.  Managers from different areas of CCT participated in the first day of Kiva-led training. They listened with rapt attention...

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Jun 6, 2009 PH Philippines

By Sloane Berrent, KF8, Philippines

As a Kiva Fellow, drinking the Kiva kool-aid and eating, living, breathing Kiva day-in and day-out, my browser is full of tabs following Kiva online. I wanted to share those ways to connect with you. So you too, can friend, follow, subscribe and join away!

Blogs:

  • Kiva Fellows – a great place to read all about the stories, experiences and reflections of the approximately 40 Kiva Fellows that are currently in the field.
  • Kiva Blog – To read about...
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