Stories tagged with HOPE International - Nadiya Ukraine

Jul 7, 2013 UA Ukraine

1. If you’re traveling with a significant other, bring a padlock. (Don't worry, it's only for the Bridge of Love)
This bridge in Kyiv is completely full of (mostly) old locks that couples place here as a sign of their commitment. It's the green version of the...
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May 5, 2012 ID Indonesia

Heather Sullivan | KF17 | Indonesia
Chris Paci | KF16 & KF17 | Ukraine

When not sampling local delicacies or fording swollen rivers to visit borrowers, Kiva Fellows occasionally find themselves stuck in the office, chatting on Skype and sharing experiences (both raucous and ruminative) from the field.  In one recent conversation, the two of us, Heather and Chris, discovered that we were facing nearly opposite sets of problems surrounding the issue of borrower privacy. While Chris’s field partner in Ukraine was finding it hard to convince suspicious...

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May 5, 2011 GH Ghana

by Jacqueline Gunn, KF13 Ghana, KF14 Ukraine

For the past 7 months I have been roaming the world as a Kiva fellow. I began in the lovely town of Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana where I spent my days in the office and my evenings and weekends on the beach. When I applied for a second fellowship, my only request was that it provided contrast to Ghana. Working in an industrial factory city in Eastern Ukraine has certainly delivered that. I arrived in Winter and it was -20 degrees Celsius outside and not much warmer inside.

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Apr 4, 2011 UA Ukraine

If you looked at this town from above you would see lines and lines of giant structures which could be mistaken for spaceships.  The truth is that these are infact enormous greenhouses where thousands upon thousands of plants are nurtured from seed to fruit, ready for sale.


This town is also where many of HOPE Ukraine’s clients live, taking loans to build greenhouses, buy seeds, develop heating systems and ultimately make a profit to look after...

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Mar 3, 2011 UA Ukraine

The Ukrainian Flag on the first sunny day in Zaporozhye

I have been in the Ukraine for a month now to work with HOPE Ukraine for my second Kiva fellowship. Whilst I was in Ghana for KF13 life felt very easy. I was really fortunate to be visiting clients on field trips most weeks, the sun was shining and life by the beach was very relaxing. In February I moved to the Ukraine for Kiva Fellowship number two and I’ll be honest, it was a bit of a challenge. I’m...

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Nov 11, 2010 UA Ukraine

One of the first things I heard upon my arrival to Ukraine three months ago was the statement that “государство душит малого придпринимателя,” which means that the government is suffocating the small business owner. It is a sentiment that was present in all of my serious discussions with loan officers, small business owners and general Ukrainian public.  I wanted to highlight this point because it is a serious concern for many of HOPE Ukraine’s clients – how to survive in an environment that hinders small business development?

Corruption is present and sometimes blatant in Ukraine,...

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Oct 10, 2010 UA Ukraine

This year Zaporozhye is 240 years young!!!!

The city celebrated last night with a huge concert and a very impressive fireworks show on Festival Square.  As your dedicated Kiva Fellow, I felt it was rather important to report on this rare and awesome occasion, and of course getting to know the popular singers on stage meant deeper cultural immersion.

Sadly, my fellowship in Ukraine will come to an end soon, but  I will always treasure the memories from this 3 month Kiva adventure. Last night was just one of the many warm and fun moments I’ve had here.

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Oct 10, 2010 UA Ukraine

I would like to congratulate everyone with World Habitat Day!

It is designated by the United Nations to take place on the first Monday of each October, and this year’s theme “Better City, Better Life” focuses on the vision of sustainable urban development and creation of a home for people everywhere in the world.

The official message from the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and this year’s theme highlight challenges of urban poverty and the means by which local governments and the private sector can combat issues such as lack of fresh water, poor educational facilities,...

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Sep 9, 2010 UA Ukraine

On a very basic level, every loan officer wants a healthy portfolio of clients.  Delinquent loans or defaults are not only time and emotionally consuming to deal with, but can also be taken personally as they reflect poorly on the loan officer’s job. What every loan officer needs is reliable information to make the right decision about every new prospective client.

A loan officer at HOPE Ukraine pointed out the two main questions that any loan officer seeks to answer:
• Will the client be able to pay back the loan?
• Will the client...

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Aug 8, 2010 TG Togo
By Leah Gage, KF 10 in Ukraine & KF11 in Togo

Today is my last day as a Kiva Fellow. Kiva Fellows Class number 10 (or KF10) took me to Zaporozhye, Ukraine where I worked with Kiva’s field partner HOPE Ukraine; KF11 brought me here to Lomé, Togo, where I work with two different field partners, Microfund Togo and Women and Associations for Gain both Economic and Social, or WAGES. I can’t think of two countries more...

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