Stories tagged with Philippines

Jun 6, 2009 PH Philippines

“Kiva Country” is what ASKI-MFI (Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc.) staff like to call the Isabella Province, the region where their Kiva clients live and work. ASKI MFI is a new Kiva partner in the Philippines. Their headquarters are in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija about 3 hours north of Manila, 10 hours if there is traffic and there is always traffic. They’ve been working hard these past months on their Kiva partnership, and are growing quickly. Beyond micro-finance, ASKI also offers many benefits and programs to their clients such as life and health insurance, educational...

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May 5, 2009 PH Philippines

What do you get when you cross a woman named Matilde Tamon and an organization like Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI)? A love song.

Matilde, who is a spry 75 years of age, has been a member of ASHI for 13 years. She loves to sing, and also loves what ASHI has done for her and the women in her community. Faced with this fortunate predicament, she did what any Filipino would do: she sang about it.

Some years ago Matilde composed a song of gratitude for ASHI, one which she usually delivers a capella. ASHI, a Grameen-style, non-profit microcredit institution that provides financial...

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Apr 4, 2009 PH Philippines
When you begin a fellowship, the end of it is the furthest thing from your mind.  When you end it, you can’t believe it’s over already.  And now at the end of it, I have plenty of cocktail party stories about traveling to remote villages, eating strange foods and learning exotic customs.  But they’re only meaningful because I didn’t experience them alone.

I can’t say enough about my great friends at CEV who made me feel as though it were my home.  Whether spending their day showing me around the island, bringing fresh fruit...
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Mar 3, 2009 KH Cambodia

Being a Kiva Fellow in Southeast Asia you meet many small business owners. Some of these business owners sell what I like to call “culinary adventures”. So as not to offend people, you get a chance to try many of the dishes. Over the course of my seven months, I’ve discovered after a while to stop asking what it is, and just try it. Some have left their impressions on me though, and I thought I’d share them with you.
Let’s see, in Cambodia you have fried tarantula and various bugs such as beetle, cricket, and bee larva. The most delicious and famous ones come from the Kampong Cham...

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Mar 3, 2009 PH Philippines
By R

KISS is more than just one of the great bands of the last half century (if you disregard the ‘Unmasked’ era), it’s an acronym introduced to me by a grade school teacher which – unlike most of what I learned in school – has stuck with me through the years.  It stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid.  Whether it’s in areas of communication, design or organization, the KISS philosophy is sage advice.

I’m fortunate enough to have internet access in my apartment here in the Philippines and I had high hopes for networking my WiFi-enabled cell phone and...

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Feb 2, 2009 PH Philippines

Meet Paglaum Multipurpose Cooperative (PMPC), Kiva’s new partner in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, Philippines.   

 

PMPC Board of Directors & Evie, Kiva Fellow

As a co-op, its clients are members.  They contribute savings, take loans, and earn profits as the institution increases its reach and profitability.  Since 1982 PMPC has been working in a whole range activities, including microcredit; microinsurance; off-grid solar power; rice harvesting services...

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Feb 2, 2009 PH Philippines

Meet Paglaum Multipurpose Cooperative (PMPC), Kiva’s new partner in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental, Philippines.   

 

PMPC Board of Directors & Evie, Kiva Fellow

As a co-op, its clients are members.  They contribute savings, take loans, and earn profits as the institution increases its reach and profitability.  Since 1982 PMPC has been working in a whole range activities, including microcredit; microinsurance; off-grid solar power; rice harvesting services...

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Feb 2, 2009 PH Philippines

I really struggled for a catchy title on this post but failed miserably.  Hang in there – I promise it gets better.

One of the nagging questions I’ve always had about microfinance is – how does it scale?  It’s particularly relevant here in the Philippines where Community Economic Venture’s (CEV) maximum loan is $450.  A typical loan officer has about 350 clients who are often scattered across the countryside down dirt roads in distant communities.  On a recent trip to Mindanao I had an opportunity to find out the nuts and bolts of how your dollars reach...

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Feb 2, 2009 PH Philippines

I really struggled for a catchy title on this post but failed miserably.  Hang in there – I promise it gets better.

One of the nagging questions I’ve always had about microfinance is – how does it scale?  It’s particularly relevant here in the Philippines where Community Economic Venture’s (CEV) maximum loan is $450.  A typical loan officer has about 350 clients who are often scattered across the countryside down dirt roads in distant communities.  On a recent trip to Mindanao I had an opportunity to find out the nuts and bolts of how your dollars reach...

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Jan 1, 2009 PH Philippines

Sipping coffee in the lobby of the Metro Centre Hotel, I waited patiently to be greeted by my new co-workers from Community Economic Ventures (CEV) here in Tagbilaran.  I assumed I would be easy to spot – lone white guy with luggage – but some 20 minutes past our designated meeting time I started to get worried.  As it turns out, they had been doing some worrying of their own while they waited in the opposite lobby just out of sight.  We may have started off with a stumble, but otherwise things here are off to a running start.

CEV is headquartered here in Tagbilaran City...

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