Stories tagged with Kenya

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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Mar 3, 2012 DO Dominican Republic

Compiled by Allison Moomey | KF16 & KF17 | Bénin

Nessa meets one of Kiva's first Strathmore students to receive a loan for partial tuition or a laptop.

Kiva Fellows have been busy checking items off their workplans. From borrower verifications to loan officer trainings to collecting borrower stories, each fellow’s workplan is a diverse set of tasks dealing with both the glamorous and less-exciting aspects of a Kiva-partner relationship. This week...

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Mar 3, 2012 KE Kenya

Nessa E. French | KF 17 | Kenya

  “An adventure!”

“…Efficient- it gave me an easy time to study.”

“…giving me a chance to complete my studies…”

“…it gave me hope to know that people were believing in me…”

“…made our dreams grow further…”

“Thank You”

These are just a few of the responses that the students at the Campus Kiva meeting gave when I asked them what...

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Feb 2, 2012 KE Kenya

Nessa E. French | KF 17 | Kenya

“I won the bet!”  I exclaimed on Friday afternoon as I did a victorious ‘raising of the roof’ dance.  The dance is better left to the imagination than any sort of visual.  The bet in question was one that two other colleagues and I made on how long it would take for Strathmore University’s first partial tuition loan to fund once it went live on Kiva’s website.

Of course, we did not bet on anything material — only glory. One of the Strathmore Kiva Coordinators who lost said, “I lost but it’s good, I’m happy to lose...

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