Stories tagged with Philippines

Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Prem Thomas, KF9, Philippines

I thought my coworkers at the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) were just recycling balloons from the last birthday party to save money, but a coworker told me that “It’s Jesus’s birthday.”

As I prepare to celebrate my first Christmas away from family, the Christmas spirit has become overwhelming with carols being played since I arrived in Manila in early October. People say the Philippines starts celebrating in months that end in “ber,” so Christmas is really a four-month event here....

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Ujwal Kharel KF9

This is a collection of video excerpts from Christmas parties at few of the CCT branches. They sure know how to have fun here .

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Learn more about CCT at the CCT’s partner page http://www.kiva.org/about/aboutPartner?id=144

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

Sharing snack with the Galvez family

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have just spent the last three days sweating, bumping, and meeting new borrowers out in the field. My butt is exhausted from sitting on endless metal seats transporting me from one borrower interview to the next.  I have met some incredible women along the way, but I have reached a point at the end of the third day, when I am exhausted and think I can take no more. Then I meet one of the most amazing families....

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Edward O. Coambs Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Philippines

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Please give the video a few minutes to load, it is well worth the watch.

Lorna Sagario has just shared her business with you. She makes clay pots for a living. When I came to center 35 to observe their weekly repayment meeting I was met with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Of all the centers...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

ASKI client performs beachside karaoke before annual client meeting

I was perusing through my IPhoto gallery when it occurred to me, I am almost done here.  Since October, I have been working at the head office of Alalay sa Kaumlarun or ASKI.  I have been on two week long field visits, a day trip to deliver relief goods to typhoons victims, 4 ASKI client annual meetings, and even day of team building through sports and exercise,...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

The road to the home of a Kiva borrower

by Josh Weinstein, KF9 Philippines

I spent the last three days in “the field,” a term used to describe the front lines of microfinance where the money is distributed to the clients of the MFI.  Beginning early Tuesday morning, I set out for the town of Valladolid, a rural municipality about 50 km from Bacolod City.  The road snakes along the coast through increasingly less urban communities, until reaching...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Ujwal Kharel KF9

Hello everyone!

My name’s Ujwal and I started as a Kiva fellow for CCT, Manila on Monday, December 07. For those fans of Prem, don’t worry he’s still here, and will be here for at least another month .

I left Atlanta on November 23rd and flew to Kathmandu for the best detour ever (I am of course ignoring that this ‘best detour ever’ required 40 hour long trip with long transits in DC, Frankfurt and Bahrain). Kathmandu is awesome as always. Despite the chaos, it has maintained its charm. Temples in Basantapur still stand tall. You can still...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Eva Wu, KF9 Philippines

Every time I come back from the field, I’m weighed down by videos, photos, barely legible notebook scribbles. Stories from Kiva borrowers, the good and the bad. As I turn these stories into journals I try to imagine what it would be like to be a Kiva lender on the other side, receiving an update on the Kiva borrower that they chose to fund. There’s a lot of joy in sharing the good, the success stories, a cause for celebration. Why we’re proud to be lending through Kiva. But what about the bad, stories of something gone awry? How...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Prem Thomas, KF9, Philippines

They look like happy kids to me. As I mentioned in my first blog post, at the Center for Community Transformation Credit Cooperative (CCT) it’s not all about microfinance. I had the chance to take a look at some of the work CCT is doing with street dwellers (homeless) throughout the Philippines.

Many of the children in the photos above were born in the streets and would most likely live there the rest of their lives without the help of organizations like CCT. You...

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

Mary Riedel KF9, Philippines

Filipino Parols/Christmas Lanterns outside the NE Pacific Mall

…”Tis the season,” and, “twas the season” from the moment I arrived in the Philippines on October 3rd – a Kiva Fellow bound for Kiva’s Microfinance Partner ASKI. (Microfinance field partners, are a critical link in connecting Kiva lenders with Kiva borrowers. Check out this rad video to learn more about the process). The Christmas Season...

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