Stories tagged with Kiva Field Partners

Jul 7, 2011 SL Sierra Leone

by Eric Rindal – KF15 – Sierra Leone

 

“What has changed in your business since you took out your loan?” I ask Kiva borrower Fatmata as we stand amongst the whirling crowd in a Freetown market. “Oh, very much, everything has changed,” she says as her eyes quickly sway toward the crowd, then back to mine. I ask her to be more specific; she picks up some of her merchandise and slaps it down with a smile, “I can pay for my child’s school fees.

I have one, a girl, who is in her last year of schooling.” Her pending graduation is quite an accomplishment in a...

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Jul 7, 2011 SN Senegal

by Tim Young, KF15, Senegal

Burning tyres: the view from my bedroom window

“Y en a marre!” the radio shouts as our 4X4 makes its way along narrow dusty roads to a borrower meeting some 40 kms from Thies. It is the 28th June, the day after the latest serious riots here in Senegal and the four of us bouncing around in the car listen intently. Last night I arrived home to find the roundabout outside my flat once again blocked by burning tyres, while large crowds...

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Jun 6, 2011 SN Senegal
by Tim Young, KF15, Senegal
 

Kiva Fellows: Where are we going?

“You come here with your laptop computers, your malaria medicine and your little bottles of hand sanitizer and think you can change the outcome, huh?”

The flickering light from my laptop screen turns the inside of the mosquito net into a tent of shimmering blue silk. I reach out and take a doxycycline...

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Jun 6, 2011 EC Ecuador

This is the first post in a series. Stay tuned for Megan Bond (KF15)’s post tomorrow:  “New Partnerships in the Middle of the World, Part II.”

Some of Fundación Alternativa's exceptional staff (and me), from left: Kate Bennett (KF15), Washington, Sandra, Claudia, Juan Francisco

Of the seven-step process to becoming a Kiva Field Partner, the last step is easily the most exciting. It signifies a new...

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Apr 4, 2011 AM Armenia

Compiled by Caree Edson, KF 14, Armenia

One of the unfortunate sight-seeing adventures that you never sign up for when you travel (especially in developing countries) is the unseemly amount of trash cluttering the otherwise beautiful landscapes. In Armenia, it isn’t possible to see the horizon through the smog most days and the streets are covered in cigarette butts and litter. I found no exceptions to this as I inquired from other Kiva Fellows about the dire situation in their countries. Environmental education and reform are simply not a top priority in many countries....

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Apr 4, 2011 AM Armenia

By Caree Edson, KF14, Armenia

It was about noon on a gorgeous Spring day in Goris, Armenia when I showed up at the local SEF branch to meet the employees there.  Goris is stunning in its natural beauty. The city center resides at the bottom of a bowl with caves and mountains towering on every side.

The valleys surrounding Goris

The tiny, three-person staff of the SEF branch welcomed me with tea, brownies and chocolate (a custom I plan to take back home...

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Mar 3, 2011 MN Mongolia

Congratulations to Credit Mongol! This Kiva field partner in Mongolia recently achieved active status on the Kiva website.  As you may well know, Kiva partners with microfinance institutions (MFIs), like Credit Mongol, in countries across the globe, reaching hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs. These partnerships are what make Kiva possible on a large scale.

Kiva Fellow and Credit Mongol Kiva staff

Until an MFI meets the...

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Mar 3, 2011 AM Armenia

By Caree Edson, KF 14, Armenia

While Kiva works with three microfinance institutions in Armenia, I have, thus far, only had the privilege to spend time with the staff at one. When I was offered an opportunity to do some Borrower Verifications for Nor Horizon (another partner institution), I jumped at the chance. Borrower Verifications, while requiring a lot of time and effort on the part of the fellows, are by far the best part of this journey. They entail going out into the field with credit officers and meeting with clients to ensure the accuracy of the information...

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Feb 2, 2011 GH Ghana

By Mei-ing Cheok, KF14, Ghana

With CRAN volunteer, Jonanthan, in tow, AB signals that he needs a ride for two

When I first arrived in Accra, Ghana about a week ago for my Kiva Fellowship, I had to find my way to Cape Coast, where my microfinance institute, Christian Rural Aid Network (CRAN), is located.  These were the instructions I got from Jacqueline, another Kiva Fellow, whom I was replacing at CRAN:

  • Take a taxi across...
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    Feb 2, 2011 BJ Benin

    By Frederic Billou, KF13, Benin

    You never forget your first (Kiva) time

    I funded my first loan on Kiva in the very early days, back on April 13, 2005 in fact. I remember like it was yesterday the first time I received a repayment for that very first loan. Sitting at my desk in San Francisco, I paused for a second to try and measure what had just happened:  money was flowing from San Francisco to Kenya, and then back to San Francisco, from the comfort of my office.

    I also remember the day that first loan was fully paid back. Since I had financed the...

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