Stories tagged with Philippines

Aug 8, 2010 PH Philippines

When you’re in the business of microfinance, you’re in the business of relationship building.  Microfinance institutions (MFIs) must rely on a vast network of relationships between stakeholders – clients, lenders, donors, employees, etc – in order to provide financial services to the poor and fulfill their other objectives.

Pastor Boris Joaquin, World Vision’s Director of Publics in Ministry, shared his insight on how to exceed customers’ expectations with Community Economic Ventures, Inc (CEVI) during an intensive workshop. Forty-seven CEVI staff members, including branch...

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May 5, 2010 PH Philippines

Anna Cleal, KF10, Philippines

Ok so hear me out on this concept – I think it’s a good one.  In my eyes one of THE greatest things to come out of the last fifty years is the ability to travel.  The ability to see, to experience, to understand different cultures, and get a taste of what it’s like to live in a country vastly different to your own.

So what about Google Earth? Google Earth, is the ability to travel from the comfort of your desk, living room, or internet café.  Google Earth means that we can ‘fly over’ a country, do a bit of recon, so to...

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May 5, 2010 KH Cambodia

by Teresa Dunbar, KF5, Cambodia and Philippines

It was the summer of 2008.  As I sat and watched the stock markets crash around the world from my Cambodian apartment, I could not help but get nervous about my job prospects post fellowship. At that point, I felt like I’d made a mistake by leaving a great job in philanthropy to follow my heart by becoming a Kiva Fellow to learn how microfinance works on the ground. I remember when I told my family of my decision, they thought I was crazy.  I was beginning to think they might be right. Watching US financial pillars crash and...

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May 5, 2010 PH Philippines

Anna Cleal, KF10, Philippines

1)    How to smile

At the moment I am working as a Kiva fellow with the field partner organisation Community Economic Ventures (CEVI), based in Bohol, Philippines.  Here there are some of the most fantastic smiles I have ever seen.  It’s the real face lit up, all teeth accounted for, glowing beam that can spread far and wide.

Lesson: Plain and simple – Smile! Remember to smile as much as possible because everyone knows that smiles are contagious!

2)      How to laugh

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Apr 4, 2010 PH Philippines

For any employee at Alalay sa Kaunlaran (ASKI) field partner, business and community development programs are seen as crucial in offering a holistic approach to serving the people of Luzon province in Northern Philippines. ASKI combines a variety of non-financial services with lending that is enhancing the technical, operational and strategic skills of clients – helping them to achieve financial and personal growth.

This three-pronged method to honing client skills has led to ASKI’s impressive client retention and portfolio quality statistics. From interviews with borrowers in...

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Apr 4, 2010 PH Philippines

By Christina Reyes, KF10, Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI), Philippines

The women of Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. in the Antique province of the Philippines are “bringing sexy back”.   To celebrate its members’ accomplishments, the ASHI Antique South branch hosts the annual “Feeling Sexy” pageant open to all its women entrepreneurs.  Nominated by their peers at ASHI, the “Feeling Sexy” contestants are evaluated in different categories including leadership &  community involvement, talent, and “Best in Gown”.

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Apr 4, 2010 MN Mongolia

By Anna Cleal, KF10, Community Economic Ventures (CEVI), Philippines

Some people don’t like airports/train stations/bus stations but I do. I like those few moments in between where you’ve been, and where you are going. The fact you actually get a chance to reflect. I’m in a queue at the airport. Here are my thoughts.

Sometimes life rushes. Sometimes it goes so fast you don’t have time to check if you’re going in the right direction. Sometimes you see a slower, less comfortable mode of transport and assume it’s going in the wrong direction. Sometimes it’s not...

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Mar 3, 2010 PH Philippines

Anna Cleal, KF10, Philippines

It is becoming increasingly obvious to me, living here in the Philippines, that SO often money does not go into the right hands.   The two main shopping malls on the island of Bohol are owned by wealthy Chinese business men.  Chain stores like Chow King, McDonalds, and Jollibee are filled with customers.  When you ask people what they do in the weekend the common answer is “malling” or window shopping.  Malls are synonymous with air conditioning.  Air con means escaping the heat.  Less people shop in the open markets and side...

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Mar 3, 2010 PH Philippines

By Vishnu Hariharan, KF10 Philippines

When I visit a new country, I am always fascinated to see how the social values differ from my own as a British born Indian. When I found out I would be heading to the Philippines, I was pleased to see that the cultural guides were richly filled with Filipino traits. It made my day when I read another Kiva Fellow’s blog about the most well known Filipino trait – ‘Bahala Na’ which means ’leave it to God’ . Along with Bahala Na, I wanted to share two other common traits that I believe make borrowers from the Philippines...

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Mar 3, 2010 PH Philippines

Is it possible to “hear” the power of microfinance?

The sweet sound of empowerment is a beautiful thing.

Check out the clip below featuring members from Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI) in a cheering contest at a recent branch meeting.  As a visiting Kiva Fellow, I also had the privilege of “participating” in the contest.  Our team fittingly named “The Inspiration Group” won 1st prize for “Best Coordination.” 

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