Stories tagged with Kiva Team

Jul 7, 2011 NI Nicaragua

…by Jason Jones, KF15, Nicaragua

I read an article the other day that discussed the inevitable end of the American soap opera.  It cited the rise of the various mid-day talk shows, reality shows, etc., for the fact that most viewers now prefer to tune into something other than their favorite daytime drama between the hours of 1 and 4 PM.  It seems that the classic icon of the 1980’s is slowly meeting its inevitable demise.  But although this lack of interest may be the case for the 300+ million individuals living in the large nation located between Canada and Mexico, I...

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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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May 5, 2011 SN Senegal

Abdoulaye, Loan Officer for the UIMCEC Yoff branch. Abdoulaye gave me a crash course on microfinance in his local community

By Tim Young, KF15, Senegal

Arriving in the field as a new Kiva Fellow is exhausting! First of all there are the challenges that come with any new job; new faces, a new organization, new ways of working. Add to this intense heat, constant noise and a need to try and keep up with your colleagues...

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Mar 3, 2011 GH Ghana

What does the delicious piece of tuna sashimi you are about to pop in your mouth have to do with microfinance and alleviating poverty in Ghana? Perhaps more than you would expect.

 At a recent staff meeting at the Christian Rural Aid Network (CRAN), one of Kiva’s Field Partners, a loan officer from the Elmina branch said that the recent ban on light fishing was affecting their loan disbursements and repayments from some clients. My ears perked up.

The busy Elmina fish market...

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Jan 1, 2011 MN Mongolia

A Kiva Coordinator is someone who organizes and manages the Kiva program at one of Kiva’s field partners. Watch the video to find out what a Kiva Coordinator does everyday, their favorite aspects of working with Kiva, and also the challenges of being a Kiva Coordinator. As a Roaming Fellow, I had the opportunity to interview three Mongolian field partners – XacBank, Credit Mongol, and Transcapital....

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Nov 11, 2010

Monday 1st November marks the start of the 13th class of Kiva Fellows. In various locations across the world, our class of 24 individuals from a large variety of different backgrounds, ages and interests will be eagerly stepping into their host MFI’s office to start their journey as a Kiva Fellow in the field.

In reality, this journey started many months ago when we took the decision to apply and start along the road towards becoming a fellow with Kiva. From the very beginning, Kiva impressed me with its organisation and efficiency throughout the process. This continued into our...

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Oct 10, 2010 AZ Azerbaijan

by Nina Nelan, KF12 Azerbaijan

One of the benefits of a Kiva Fellowship is the opportunity to peek behind the Kiva curtain.  Like Oz, Kiva is not always as it seems, but it’s also not smoke and mirrors.  For starters, those who work for Kiva are fully committed to its values and mission.

I was fortunate to see Kiva staff in action for 2 weeks in Azerbaijan this month, when the Regional Director, Portfolio Manager, and Field Support Specialist for Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, & Central Asia (APEECA) landed in Baku to visit field partners, attend a microfinance...

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Sep 9, 2010 KE Kenya

Today we’d like to give a very special thank you to one of our top individual lenders, Brian!

Brian is a University Chancellor in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has been lending on Kiva for nearly 5 years. With 3,046 loans, Brian has literally uplifted thousands of lives all over the world through micro-finance. Having a personal connection is crucial to our mission at Kiva, and so in thanks for his continuous support, one of the borrowers he has lended to has a very special video message for Brian.

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Sep 9, 2010 KE Kenya

The Internet is out, so I’m writing my first blog post—one of the few things a Kiva Fellow can accomplish without access to the “series of tubes.” I’d like to introduce myself and explain a little about why exactly I wanted to move across the globe, give up access to reliable water pressure, and work for 12 weeks for free.

I’m interested in microlending, Kiva, and social entrepreneurship because of what I’ve learned in the classroom and experienced while spending time abroad. One day I hope to build a career in sustainable economic and social development. I graduated from college a...

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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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