Stories tagged with Kiva Team

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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Aug 8, 2010 PH Philippines

John Rauschkolb III, KF-12, Philippines

The recent presidential election has changed the face of the Philippines for good.  Local elections in the Philippines were held on Monday, May 10, 2010, and the elected president, Benigno Aquino III, has become the 15th President of the Philippines.  With the rise of corruption in the government, this election brought many changes.  During the election, the Commission on Elections completed the nation’s first computerized election in the history of the Philippines in compliance with the Amended Computerization Act of 2007.  This paved the way...

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Jul 7, 2010

By Kimia Raafat, KF11, San Francisco

Kiva has always been about connections; connecting people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Now, we would like to bring our “person to person connection” mantra a little closer to you– by presenting our Kiva Speakers Program.

Whether you are hosting an event on poverty alleviation, women’s rights issues, microfinance or incorporating Kiva into your classroom’s curriculum, the Kiva Speaker’s Program gives Kiva friends the opportunity to share ideas with a Kiva representative.

Simply...

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May 5, 2010 KE Kenya

By Steve Grey, KF11, Kenya

I got to see a fascinating situation last week in Nairobi when I was with Caroline, a local Credit Officer from SMEP (one of Kiva’s lending partners in Kenya).  It was a classic microfinance scenario: What happens when a member of a borrower group doesn’t pay?  But it wasn’t theoretical anymore… it was happening right in front of me.

As you probably know, many microfinance institutions (like SMEP) sign up individual borrowers as members of groups, often 10-20 people.  Rather than providing collateral for their individual...

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Apr 4, 2010 MN Mongolia

By Anna Cleal, KF10, Community Economic Ventures (CEVI), Philippines

Some people don’t like airports/train stations/bus stations but I do. I like those few moments in between where you’ve been, and where you are going. The fact you actually get a chance to reflect. I’m in a queue at the airport. Here are my thoughts.

Sometimes life rushes. Sometimes it goes so fast you don’t have time to check if you’re going in the right direction. Sometimes you see a slower, less comfortable mode of transport and assume it’s going in the wrong direction. Sometimes it’s not...

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Dec 12, 2009 TG Togo

Women and Associations for Gain both Economic and Social (WAGES). My host MFI for the next 4 months.

By Taylor Akin, KF9, Togo

As I sat in Charles de Gaulle airport waiting for my flight to Lomé, I had already begun to feel out of place. My hair was carelessly sitting around my shoulders, I was wearing old yoga pants and a new pair of Converse, and I was munching on my mother’s half-squished Christmas cake. I looked around me at the crowd gathering to board the...

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Sep 9, 2009 GH Ghana

Memories of Ghana

by Nancy Tuller, KF8, Ghana

I came to Ghana as a Kiva Fellow at a time when the entire country had been experiencing an economic turndown.  Since the beginning of this year, the Ghanaian currency has been losing value, prices have been creeping steadily upward, and the fishing and farming industries have been experiencing low outputs.  Ghanaians, even the relatively few who would be considered “well-to-do”, are feeling the pinch.  For the poor, who are...

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Sep 9, 2009 PE Peru

By Shereef Zaki, KF9, Perú

On August 22nd the New York Times published the article On to Plan B: Starting a Business describing the unexpected spike of new entrepreneurs emerging from the wreckage of the crisis. They quote the Kauffman foundation and bring the term ‘necessity entrepreneurship’ into the mainstream. And in so doing they articulate one of the misperceptions that surrounds the incentives behind starting a business.

Sometimes I really get the feeling that the talking heads, professors, text-books and pols...

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Sep 9, 2009 GH Ghana

By Nancy Tuller, KF8, Ghana

As a Kiva Fellow in Ghana, the most rewarding aspect of my fellowship has been meeting people like Khadija, whom I met while visiting microloan clients in a “zogo” (Muslim neighborhood) in Hohoe, in the eastern region of Ghana.  Because she touched me deeply, I’d like to share the little I know of her story with you.

Khadija is a beautiful woman who has seen more than her share of hard times.  In this photo, you can see her lovely smile, which I had to coax from her after we had quietly chatted for some time.  She has had one leg amputated, and...

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Sep 9, 2009 GH Ghana

By Nancy Tuller, KF8, Cape Coast, Ghana

Some days as a Kiva Fellow are just about soaking up the culture, and Nyame adom (“by God’s grace”), I have my Kiva counterpart here in Ghana, Ab (short for Abraham) to help me out with that.  For example, how else would I know the difference between kenkey and kente?  Some days, as we are traveling to our destination or the electricity has gone out again and all work is halted, we have 30 minutes to one hour sessions on the nuances of various types and textures of kenkey, Ab’s favorite dish made of maize and often served with fish,...

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