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Nov 11, 2011 ZA South Africa

By DJ Forza, KF16, Georgia

There’s a certain amount of introspective review that happens near the end of a Kiva Fellow’s time in the field, as previous Fellows have written about self-discoveries in spirituality, competitiveness, and self-acceptance. We’ve all gained a better worldview, certainly.  Witnessing extreme poverty, adjusting to life in a developing nation and participating in the small technological miracle of connecting Kiva Lenders and Borrowers can lead to some genuine soul-searching.  I’ve learned an important life lesson and, at the risk of...

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Nov 11, 2011 PE Peru

By Robert Gradoville, KF16, Peru

The door to my Kiva office in Cusco, Peru

Should I become a Kiva Fellow? I imagine a lot of the Stories From The Field blog followers have considered applying to the Fellowship, or have wondered what the comparison is between the Kiva Fellows Program to similar volunteer or development programs abroad. This may include the Peace Corps, overseas research grants, ...

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Nov 11, 2011 KE Kenya

Lauren Barra, KF16 Kenya/Tanzania

Last month I had the privilege of attending the African Microfinance Pricing Transparency Leadership Forum in Nairobi. Hosted by MicroFinance Transparency, the conference gathered policymakers and regulators to exchange ideas about client protection and pricing disclosure in microfinance. Attendees included representatives from over 20 nations in East, West and Southern Africa.

African Microfinance Pricing Transparency Leadership...

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Oct 10, 2011 UG Uganda

by Andrew Huelsenbeck, K16 Kiva Fellow, BRAC Uganda

The Second Bottom Line

One thing that’s gotten very popular with microfinance institutions (MFIs) lately is measuring success based on what is called a double bottom line. For a long time, the only bottom line for many MFIs was financials, but industry experts began to realize that looking good on paper did not amount to having any real social impact. This is why some MFIs have begun to use a second bottom line – social performance – as an additional metric...

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Oct 10, 2011 TJ Tajikistan

By Chris Paci, KF16, Tajikistan

Note: I have given Rahim a pseudonym to protect his privacy. Photos do not picture the locations mentioned in the text.

“Be careful,” called Rahim from somewhere above my head. It was pitch black, and I felt for each stair with the toe of my shoe, slowly working my way up to where Rahim stood. Shards of fallen concrete snapped beneath my boots.

Rahim was standing in front of a door and fiddling with his keys. “Sorry, we have no lightbulbs in the stairwell. It’s difficult to see,” he apologized, just as the lock snapped...

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Oct 10, 2011

By DJ Forza, KF16, Georgia

“We have to get out of this mindset that the rich will do the business and the poor will have the charity.” -Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Ask any Kiva Fellow what the best part of their job is, and invariably you will hear, “Meeting Kiva Borrowers and hearing their stories.”  It’s an incredible honor to be invited into borrowers’ homes and businesses to witness firsthand how a Kiva loan has helped to change and improve their lives....
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Oct 10, 2011 EC Ecuador

By Marcus Berkowitz, KF16, Ecuador

Imagine yourself stepping outside of your tomato-colored house and onto a peaceful street, steeply hung over a mid-sized Ecuadorian town nestled in a lush valley. It’s nearly silent as you walk to the bus stop. You can see the center of town bustling below you. The giant Mt. Chimborazo in the distance and the smaller range just in front of it block the harshness of the early morning sun, casting a soft light on the quiet countryside.

This peace lasts no more than a couple of minutes before it is loudly shattered by the shouting of...

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Oct 10, 2011 RW Rwanda

By Kathrin Gerner and Whitney Webb, KF16, Rwanda

Praying Together: The Staff of Amasezerano at their Annual Trip

Before coming to Rwanda, we both had no idea what it meant to work for a Christian bank. Islamic banking, yes, that is something we had heard about before. But Christian banking?

To find out more, we interviewed the staff at our host microfinance institutions, Amasezerano Community Banking, Vision Finance Company and Urwego Opportunity Bank...

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Oct 10, 2011

By DJ Forza, KF16, Georgia


It was a gorgeous autumnal morning in Tbilisi, when we set out for Rustavi; Georgia’s third largest city. As we drove east towards Azerbaijan, I was struck by the dramatic change in scenery during our short 30 minute drive to deliver a Kiva training at one of Credo’s newest branch offices. Not only did we leave behind...
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Sep 9, 2011 SV El Salvador

By Andrea Ramirez, KF16, El Salvador.

One of the awesome bands during the Independence Day Parade in San Miguel

Last Thursday, September 15th, we celebrated Independence day here in El Salvador. However, El Salvador was not alone in the celebrations as Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua also had their own festivities on that very same day.  It was a colorful day, and I want to share a bit of the fun show that I got to enjoy here in San...

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