Stories tagged with Ryada, a partner of CHF International

May 5, 2012

Philip Issa | KF17 | Palestine

A couple of years ago, Mohammed Al-Shawaf, a Kiva Fellow serving in Palestine previous to me, wrote a thoughtful post on the complexities of implementing a women’s empowerment agenda through microfinance. Having served my placement at the same MFIs as him, I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about FATEN and Ryada’s women empowerment initiatives and implementations. The two institutions are far apart in their models, with each carrying associated benefits and disadvantages. I also had the opportunity to meet with a women...

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Apr 4, 2012 PS Palestinian Territory

Philip Issa | KF17 | Palestine (Update: Photo links fixed)

Now that Spring time is in full bloom here in Palestine, the truths about a pair misconceptions I held before arriving have become unavoidable. First, that the ecology here is actually quite conducive to agriculture, and second, that most of the West Bank is in fact not under the jurisdiction of Palestinians.

I had originally intended to write only about my surprise about how green the land can be in Spring, but I believe that such a post would be dishonest. It...

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Nov 11, 2009

By Mohammed Al-Shawaf, KF9 Palestine

Recently, Kiva’s been engulfed in controversy over how it presents its Person-to-Person lending platform–a convenient shorthand for the reality on the ground or a more draconian attempt to mislead the casual lender?  I will not weigh in on this specific debate because there is already a rich dialogue that has taken place. However, I have noticed that a theme in some of the posts and responses has been to lament the limitations of P2P lending today.  

In this equation, the microfinance institutions (...

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Nov 11, 2009

By Mohammed Al-Shawaf, KF9 Palestine

Before proceeding, let me first state that this is not a political blog.  I neither have the expertise nor desire to engage in the complex web of conflict–latent or otherwise–that surrounds the major events of the last decade in Palestine.  I will attempt to reference and explain only the events that help me tell the story of the resiliency of the Palestinian microfinance sector and in particular, of Ryada.  I implore those interested in learning more to do just that.  Although it requires a bit of fiddling around, the ...

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Oct 10, 2009

By Mohammed Al-Shawaf, KF9 Palestine

 

I’ve been in Palestine for one week and have feared for my life.  Have I reinforced the stereotype yet?  It might be surprising to learn that the only times I have actually felt scared here have been dodging reckless drivers, not bullets.

But that’s me.  On my first day in the field I learned an important lesson: risks are calculated and danger is in the eye of the beholder.

I witnessed the...

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