Stories tagged with Philippines

Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

By Ed Coambs, Philippines, Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation

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I have created this short video to show you what my room at Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation looks like. I have been so blessed because as I have talked with my other Kiva Fellows I learned how good I have it. I have hot water, cable (really only National Geographic and Discovery, which more then I have at home in the U.S.) ,...

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

By Eva Wu, KF9 Philippines

The world has been abuzz with Monday’s news of the election “massacre” in Maguindanao, Mindanao. About 50 lawyers, journalists and relatives of local politicians were abducted and brutally killed because of their affiliation with an opposition politician. This horrific event is being followed closely by the international media, including the New York Times and CNN, because it made Monday “the deadliest single day for journalists anywhere in the world” and was also “the worst politically motivated violence in the Philippines’ recent history.”...

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

AKSI clients prepare lunch

In addition to being a very hard word to spell, Tuguegarao (pronounced too-gig-a-raou), is the location of one of the ASKI branches that posts their clients on the Kiva website.  It’s also the destination of my second trip to the field.  One part of my job as a Kiva Fellow is to help conduct borrower interviews for journal updates.  Even though these field trips can be somewhat of a grueling...

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

Laughing with Myrna Data, a Kiva Borrower

Mary Riedel, KF9, Philippines

“…What do you think your biggest challenge will be if you become a Kiva Fellow?”

I heard this question twice during my interview process with Kiva.  On both occasions I was sitting at my kitchen table in San Francisco, working from home (experiencing some cabin fever), and planing to meet up with friends later in the day. My answer was, “Feeling disconnected from friends and...

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

By Eva Wu, KF9 Philippines

Having followed the recent debate over Kiva’s transparency and the P2P model, the main critique that stuck with me was that there should be more transparency on Kiva’s partner MFIs. This resonated with me because I believe that Kiva has, on the whole, picked out partner MFIs that do amazing work and have really compelling stories to tell about their organization. So in that spirit, I’ve decided to share more details here about some of the products and services that my host MFI, Hagdan sa Pag-uswag Foundation, Inc....

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

By Prem Thomas, KF9, Philippines

Yesterday I took a trip to a CCT Kiva branch located in Caloocan, about 2 hours north of the head office in Manila. CCT offices often have inspirational posters and signs, but I thought this one was very relevant to Kiva.

Kiva lenders have good character: “They lend money to those in need without interest.”

Here are links to updates on some of the borrowers in Caloocan that have benefited from Kiva loans:

Teresa Barola: video game arcade owner

Genie Tabarangao: sari-...

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

By Prem Thomas, KF9, Manila, Philippines

After visiting many Kiva CCT borrowers, I noticed a trend that the primary business requiring a loan is not the only source of income. In the Philippines side jobs are referred to as “sidelines” or “extra income”. I have met a teachers who also sell clothing, farmers who rent out their plows to neighbors and a TV repair shop that sells ice in plastic bags during hot months. Of the CCT borrowers I’ve met, about half will have some sort of sideline.

Myrna Valencia used her entire Kiva loan to...

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

By Eva Wu, KF9 Philippines

Bizarre is probably not the best word to describe this client interview, but without a doubt we were intrigued and utterly fascinated by the alien-looking blob we saw sitting pretty before us. Corroi, HSPFI‘s Kiva Coordinator and I found ourselves staring at a live (or semi-live) sea cucumber during a visit to HSPFI client and Kiva borrower Ann Lagrada on Camiguin Island.

(This is the second part of my “most memorable client interviews on Camiguin” series – check out “The Most Beautiful Client...

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

I have been mistaken for this guy a lot since I've been here

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

The Filipinos are a very generous people.  So generous, in fact, that if they don’t know your name, they will even give you a name – and that name is Joe.  I am greeted in this way no less than 3 or 4 times in a day, coming from men and women both young and old: “Hey Joe!”

As many guide books will tell you, in many parts of the Philippines foreigners...

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Nov 11, 2009 PH Philippines

By Eva Wu, KF9 Philippines

I experienced a lot of firsts during my week in the field visiting HSPFI‘s Camiguin Branch. Some good, some intense, all of it exciting. Amongst all these firsts, I’m convinced that I witnessed on Camiguin Island both the most beautiful and the most bizarre client interviews that I’ll get to conduct while here in the Philippines. This post is about the former – check out the latter at “The Most Bizarre Client Interview (Part 2 of 2)“!

A bit of background on Camiguin – I had been excited about this...

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