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Aug 8, 2010 CL Chile

By Lorena Gil, KF12, Fondo Esperanza – Chile


I am not a computer wiz at all, so when Kiva asked the fellows heading to Latin America to conduct a survey of the Management Informational System (MIS) at our designated MFI placements I had no idea what to expect.

Early on to my arrival at Fondo Esperanza I decided to conduct the MIS survey, as I figured what better way to learn how the overall work of this...

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Aug 8, 2010 TZ Tanzania

By Ann Hingst, KF12 Tanzania

Every Kiva Fellow attends a weeklong training at Kiva Headquarters in San Francisco.  The training we received is top notch.  But what happens once a fellow is in the field, and all of a sudden forgets the procedure for reporting loan repayments in Kiva’s system or has trouble navigating the politics of the microfinance institution (MFI) that he or she is visiting?  That’s where the portfolio team comes to the rescue.

Each region has a team of professionals that maintain relationships with multiple MFI’s in a region, and also...

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Jul 7, 2010

By Julie Ross, Kiva Fellows Program Coordinator and Kiva Fellow with KF5/6/7

Have you been reading the stories on this blog and wondering if you could live out some of your own?  Maybe you’ve thought of applying to be a Kiva Fellow but haven’t quite completed an application yet?

Whatever your reason for hesitating, read through the stories on this blog and think about how you could fit into them.  If you have something to contribute–experience as a software developer, banker, lawyer, teacher, non-profit professional, MBA recipient, auditor,...

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Mar 3, 2010
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    Aug 8, 2009

    By JD Bergeron, Kiva Fellows Program Director

    Perhaps a few of you noticed in the sidebar to the right that Kiva Stories from the Field recently passed 250,000 views. Started in summer 2007, the blog was intended to promote the work of Kiva Fellows in the field and to provide a view into the daily lives of these incredible, generous people doing their part to promote Kiva’s mission of connecting individuals through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

    This blog has seemingly inspired a number of other social enterprise blogs and Kiva is quite...

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    May 5, 2009

    Training week for the 8th class of Kiva Fellows (KF8) is wrapping up our fifth and final day.  We have another remarkable class of 27 people who will soon be heading to 18 different countries to work with Kiva’s MFI field partners.

    This morning I got word that a couple of KF7′s were collaborating on a response to this new class of fellows and we made sure that the KF8 trainees watched each hilarious video.

    KF8 viewing Brett Dobb's video from Kenya


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    Jul 7, 2008 NI Nicaragua
    Here’s an update from Kiva Partner Development Specialist, Daniel Kahn, about his visit to Nicaraguan field partner Asociación de Desarrollo y Promoción Humana de la Costa Atlántica (ADEPHCA)

    To see loans currently fundraising from ADEPHCA on, please click here.

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    Aug 8, 2007 KE Kenya

    Hi readers!  My name is Ben Elberger and I work with Kiva as a Microfinance Partnerships Manager.  I’ll be blogging for the next six weeks from Africa as I travel with Chelsa Bocci and John Berry, Kiva Microfinance Partnership Directors, to our partners in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

    Right now, I’m sitting in my friends’ dining room packing up final things and getting ready to head out to Dulles Airport for my flight to Entebbe (via Amsterdam).  Chelsa and I will meet up in Amsterdam and we’ll rendezvous with John in Uganda.  It’s...

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    Jul 7, 2007 PY Paraguay

    Hi All!

    Its been a long and exciting week, and I’m just now finding some time to write. I hope you enjoy the chronicles of Argentina and Paraguay…note: photos will come in a seperate entry tomorrow:)

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    I’ve dreamed about Argentina ever since I got to the point with my Spanish that I was able to tell the difference between a North and South American accent. Between Mexico and Nicaragua. Peru and Colombia. I’m not quite sure what it is, but there’s something completely irresistible about Argentine culture. Maybe it’s the vibrating jjjaah’s...

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    Jul 7, 2007 PE Peru

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    Greetings from Lima, Peru. Its Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting in a coffee shop near my hotel, the first time I’ve felt it appropriate enough to pull out a computer and work from the comfort of a public establishment. Big cities do have their perks…

    It’s been a busy and exciting week in Peru. Many meetings, many miles traveled. The journey began with my first overland border crossing in Copacabana, and since then its continued through the highland towns of Puno and Juliaca, and down to the bustling, crowded, overcast city of Lima. Some highlights from both (note...

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