Stories tagged with Samoa

Mar 3, 2015 WS Samoa
As I approach Faleula, one of the many villages along the road that circles Samoa’s Upolu Island, I am excited and a little nervous. I am about to meet a Kiva borrower for the first time! I wonder what she will be like; will she be happy to meet me and talk about her business or will she see me as an interruption or even an intrusion.

When I arrive at Mile’s general store, she greets me with a warm smile and all my reservations fade away immediately.

Mile in her store

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May 5, 2012 ID Indonesia

Compiled by Isabel Balderrama | KF17 | Ecuador

Welcome to this week’s Update from the Field! In the past few days we’ve had blog posts come to us from all corners of the world. From hearing about the prevailing Nomadic lifestyles of the people of Mongolia, to Kenya, where we journey along on an adventure-filled trip to meet a Kiva borrower in person. After touching down on Palestine and meeting a group of women that have successfully formed a cooperative, we are whisked away to the islands of Samoa where we are treated to two excellent videos illustrating life...

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May 5, 2012 WS Samoa

Adria Orr | KF17 | Samoa

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So how much is a video worth? I’m going to assume it’s at least a thousand, squared. Since Samoa is such a mystery for most people, I decided to put together a short video about the daily routine of SPBD’s loan officers for everyone to take a peek at this remote country.


For my second offering, I...

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May 5, 2012 WS Samoa

By Adria Orr | KF17 | Samoa

Of course, home doesn’t look like this…

A huge part of choosing to move to another country, even temporarily, is leaving behind the comforts of home. There are several levels to this–the ease of familiar environs, the social security of friends and family, relatively cushy lifestyle (hot water, I’m thinking of you), and of course, sometimes, your physical security. When I think about the privilege I’ve...

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May 5, 2012 KH Cambodia

Compiled by Michael Slattery | KF17 | Togo

Despite the often upbeat tone of fellows’ posting on the blog, I’ll be the first to admit that the position entails some universal hardships.  There is the occasional social isolation that leaves you Saturday night at home with a book and bottle of the local plonk, despite apparently leading a life of swinging exoticism and sun-drenched adventure.  There’s is a lot of driving around, waiting, driving some more, and then getting told some tall tales by people who look at you like you’re definitely one of those foreign imbeciles that...

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Mar 3, 2012 AZ Azerbaijan

Compiled by Chris Paci | KF16 & KF17 | Azerbaijan

Alex Connelly offers us a typically "light" Colombian "snack."

The 17th class of Kiva Fellows was turned loose into the field on January 27th, nearly two months ago – and how long ago it seems! By this point, our intrepid fellows are really starting to get the hang of their placements, forming routines, powering through their workplans, and learning the ins and outs of the national cuisine. But a few...

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Mar 3, 2012 WS Samoa

By Adria Orr | KF17 | Samoa

Anyone coming to Samoa must have conflicting expectations in their mind–I know I did. After all, developing country or not, isn’t it a tropical island paradise? Upon receiving my placement from the Kiva Fellows program, an initial googling revealed tourism websites touting beautiful beaches, blue skies, and resorts. As I peered anxiously at the pictures, I thought to myself, “While other fellows are dodging motos in Southeast Asia or battling blackouts in Africa, I’m going to be living in…Hawaii?...

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Mar 3, 2012 BJ Benin, DO Dominican Republic, EC Ecuador, LR Liberia, WS Samoa

Chris Paci | KF16 & KF17 | Azerbaijan

The fellows of KF17 have jumped into their Kiva work with both feet, visiting borrowers and meeting their new coworkers at their host field partners. (Photo of a Béninois borrower by Allison Moomey, Benin)

It’s the beginning of March, and by now, most of KF17 has been out in the field for several weeks. We’ve settled in at our field partners, gotten to know some of our new coworkers, and started to dig a...

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Feb 2, 2012 WS Samoa

Adria Orr | KF 17 | Samoa

A view of Apia Harbor.

In case you're wondering...

Where exactly is that? Isn’t that a cookie? Common responses to my placement in Samoa. Given that few, if any, of my friends and family were able to point to it on a map, I believe I have arrived off the beaten path. In the last two and a half...

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Nov 11, 2010 WS Samoa

In my time volunteering with SPBD, I’ve made many trips with the Center Managers (CMs) out on the field to meet clients, interviewing for journal postings, or just to see the atmosphere at center meetings. Often times when I’m introduced to the borrowers, I’m either introduced as an Kiva fellow visiting, or a person from the SPBD office observing. But once I get to sit and talk to clients, and explain to them what a Kiva Fellow is and what we do, I get a number of interesting questions. As the questions tend to be similar on my visits, I figured I share the top 5...

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