Stories tagged with Armenia

Nov 11, 2009 AM Armenia

By Brian Kelly, KF9, Armenia

Not very good, at least in some of these Armenian villages I’ve been dropping in on lately.  Have you smelled a chicken coop, or a sty filled with 20 pigs lately? It’s tough to carry a conversation in there.  Visiting borrowers, at least in Armenian villages is quite the sensory overload.  You will smell more than you hoped to, probably taste something you never expected to, and perhaps hear a story that will inspire you to start your own apricot grove.

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Oct 10, 2009 AM Armenia

By Brian Kelly, KF9, Armenia

So after being in Armenia for almost two weeks,  I have to say the introduction was a little tougher than imagined.  As a preface, I don’t speak Armenian and I don’t speak Russian, both of which are the primary languages used here.  English is everywhere at my MFI, but not too present elsewhere, other than the really western-style restaurants and cafes.  So adapting to a new alphabet has been a challenge, as I see this foreign script all over a menu, and then a bunch of numbers.  Then I point at something, similar to google’s...

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Oct 10, 2009 AM Armenia

By Brian Kelly, KF9, Armenia

“Life definitely just got a whole lot better.”  A simple few words, but ones that perfectly represent where I stand a week after completing training for the Kiva Fellows program.  Said by fellow KF9 Alana, this statement resonated with me as we headed to our graduation dinner.  49 of us had just completed a long week of training in all things Kiva, and in these short 5 days I realized how lucky I was to be a member of this 9th class of Kiva Fellows.

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Sep 9, 2009 AM Armenia

The Best Lahmajun Place in Yerevan — Mer Taghr or “Our Street”:

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Volunteering in the field of microfinance since May 2009, I have encountered numerous
stories that are a true inspiration for me. still, it is...
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May 5, 2009 BA Bosnia and Herzegovina

By Velizara Passajova, KF8 Bosnia, Armenia

Hello, my name is Velizara and I am from Sofia, Bulgaria. I am currently enjoying KIVA Fellows Training in San Francisco. After I finish my junior spring at Dartmouth College, I will head to Sarajevo, Bosnia to work with “Zene za Zene International” from June-July 2009. In August-September 2009, I will be in Yerevan, Armenia. My job is to help establish KIVA and open up additional oportunities for lending to entrepreneurs in Eastern Europe.

KIVA is so exciting! Please, join our cause!

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Dec 12, 2008 AZ Azerbaijan

(with apologies to Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King)

1. Cats are great city animals.

Cat on car.

At one time, Baku was rat country, so I’ve been told. Someone decided to fix the problem by either introducing cats to the streets or firing all the cat-catchers. You don’t see many rats around nowadays.

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