Stories tagged with Mongolia

May 5, 2010 MN Mongolia

By Kevin Henderson, KF11, Mongolia

Last week, Credit Mongol, one of Kiva’s two field partners in Mongolia, honored its top 50 clients at an annual appreciation event. The busy agenda included a presentation by Credit Mongol’s management team, a business education lecture and an awards ceremony. I was fortunate to attend this year’s event and gain a more informed perspective on Credit Mongol’s clients and its business.

Credit Mongol staff and their top 50 clients of the year

The criteria for a client to make the top 50...

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Apr 4, 2010 MN Mongolia

By Kevin Henderson, KF11, Mongolia

I’ve been in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, for over a week and I’m quickly learning many things about a place that I previously knew very little about: the food is quite tasty – there are even vegetarian cafes that can provide a good break from the typical meat-rich diet – English is spoken by fewer people than I had hoped and the traffic is a bit intense.  Pedestrians do not have the right of way and the flow of traffic can be unrelenting. Patience when crossing the street – that’s probably the first thing...

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Apr 4, 2010 MN Mongolia

By Beth Ritchey, KF10, Mongolia

Currently on Kiva.org there are almost 100 loans looking for funding for personal housing expenses.  The purchase of a home, and the subsequent improvements, is one of the largest household expenditure items in almost any country.  Because of the high costs associated with home improvements, many Kiva borrowers are successfully borrowing funds in a series of loans, making improvements over time.  For example Jesenia Del Socorro Urbina Jarquin in Nicaragua, is looking to fund her 3rd home improvement loan.

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Apr 4, 2010 MN Mongolia

By Beth Ritchey, KF10, Mongolia

Often on the Kiva website, lenders will see entrepreneurs looking to borrow money to stock their business shelves for an upcoming holiday.  In the United States we see retailers plan for the Christmas shopping season, in Central and South America businesses prepare for Carnaval sales and in Mongolia one of the biggest holidays that small businesses look forward to is Tsagaan Sar, the Lunar New Year.

Tsagaan Sar is celebrated two months after the first new moon following the winter solstice, typically in mid to late February.  The...

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Apr 4, 2010 MN Mongolia

By Beth Ritchey, KF10, Mongolia

Please give a warm Kiva welcome to our newest partner in Mongolia:  Credit Mongol LLC!  Credit Mongol (CM) is based in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, and is Kiva’s second partner in Mongolia.  Credit Mongol is excited about this new partnership with Kiva and is looking forward to building connections between the Kiva lending community and borrowers in Mongolia!


Credit Mongol Staff

A little bit about Credit...

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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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Mar 3, 2010 MN Mongolia

By Beth Ritchey, KF10, Mongolia

“On March 27, 2010, an estimated one billion people around the world came together to call for action on climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for just one hour—Earth Hour.” Starting at 8:30pm in New Zealand and following the setting sun around the world, Earth Hour asked people to turn off their lights for one hour, adding up to a global 24 hours without lights.  Internationally recognizable monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, even the statue of Christ the Redeemer...

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Dec 12, 2009 MN Mongolia

By Jane Lim, KF9 Mongolia

I am convinced that my borrower videos have been lost in the abyss which is the Kiva journal tab (it currently has 5224 unsearchable pages), so I had to find another platform for their airing. I.e., here!

Posting a video journal entry takes a considerable amount of work, and I thought I would lay the process out here so they will be more appreciated

(I have also inserted one of my video journals here rather than below to pique your interest, so please click the “read more” button after you’re done watching!)

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Nov 11, 2009 MN Mongolia

By Jane Lim, KF9 Mongolia

Today my envy of other Kiva fellows faded because I finally, finally got to meet Kiva borrowers.

There is a certain sadness that most of these borrowers have. For some it’s buried deep beneath stoicism and the victories of subsequent success, but for others it’s brimming at the surface, and you get the feeling that one more slight push would send them into the chasm. When I take their photos, they never smile – and I’ve thought of asking them to, but I don’t want to if there’s nothing to smile about. The...

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Oct 10, 2009 MN Mongolia

by Jane Lim, KF9 Mongolia

notable quotes from recent reads…

Ulaanbaatar is possibly the coldest capital city in the world.
- Michael Kohn, Lonely Planet Mongolia, p14

as a testament to the point above, it snowed on wednesday for the first time since summer… and it’s only early october.

The Mongols loved competitions of all sorts, and they organized debates among rival religions the same way they organized wrestling matches… Their debate ranged back and forth… No side seemed to convince the other of...

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