Stories tagged with Kenya

Jun 6, 2012 KE Kenya

Compiled by David Gorgani | KF17 + KF18 | Guatemala

Suzanne, a volunteer translator based in Istanbul, Turkey – Kimberly Strathearn

This week’s update from the field features the rare mix of the first post from the new class of Fellows and one of the final posts from the finishing class of Fellows. This interesting juxtaposition captures both the intense shock of a new arrival in a very new atmosphere knowing that it will be home for the next four months, as well as the...

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Jun 6, 2012 KE Kenya
By Anonymous

out the door

buses whirr

unknown blur

step step step

beep beep merge

Nairobi incurred!

malls open

wares earn

TURN

history learned

development collides

cellular flies

safari eyes

catch a ride

surf the tide

I cross to the other side…


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Jun 6, 2012 CM Cameroon

Compiled by David Gorgani | KF17 | Dominican Republic

Ma, a Kiva borrower, and her business in San Felipe del Progreso, Mexico – Emmanuel von Arx

The KF17 Fellows are heading home.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, many of KF17′s Fellows have already ended their service and many more will be ending theirs within the next few days.  Through retrospective contemplation on what we have and haven’t accomplished in the past four months, through appreciation for what we have...

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May 5, 2012 KE Kenya

Olivia, one of the first full tuition Kiva loan students. http://www.kiva.org/lend/432412

Nessa E. French | KF 17 | Kenya

“Life will change for you now, please make us proud.”

“I hope you will be the president of Kenya someday.

These statements represent the high hopes that everyone at Strathmore University has for the first nine students who received full tuition loans through Kiva to pursue their undergraduate...

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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 KE Kenya

Kisumu borders Lake Victoria.

Borrower verifications can be the most rewarding part of a Kiva Fellow’s time in the field, they can also be the most challenging.  Traveling on your own for days through an unfamiliar part of the country, on less than ideal roads, bridges and buses can deflate even the strongest Kiva cheerleaders.  I would be lying if I did not say that the process of the BV [excluding meeting the borrowers] dropped me into an occasional trough of despair.

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May 5, 2012 HN Honduras

Compiled by David Gorgani | KF17 | Dominican Republic

Dusk in the South Pacific – Adria Orr, Samoa

This week’s stories from the field span topics ranging from ill-equipped law enforcement to the “luxurious” living places of Kiva Fellows.  Two of this week’s posts – “Lost in Translation” and “Home is Where the Fellow Is” – compile material from Fellows around the world to give some insight to the...

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May 5, 2012 HN Honduras

Compiled by David Gorgani | KF17 | Dominican Republic

A shot of a typical market in Tajikistan.

As our fellowships wind down and as the first batch of KF17 fellows packs up to head home, the time has arrived to reflect on our experiences in the field and on the realities faced on a daily basis by the people living in the countries in which we’ve spent the past 3-4 months.  Whether discussing religious beliefs, economic circumstances, history, or simply...

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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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May 5, 2012 KE Kenya

Ever wonder what a day “in the field” actually looks like for a Kiva Fellow? I know I had so many questions before I touched down in Kenya, as did my friends and family back home. To answer these questions about where I’m working and what I’m doing all the way in Mombasa, I made a short video about a typical day in the life of a Kiva Fellow.

While my day-to-day activities vary by week, most of my time recently has been filled with a combination of borrower visits, website design, loan officer training, and filming what I see. Then of course, there’s all...

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