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May 5, 2012 TJ Tajikistan

By Benjamin Schelling, KF17, Tajikistan

Ismoil Somoni Peak, formerly Peak Communism

Tucked against well-known neighbors China and Afghanistan, Tajikistan remains virtually anonymous to much of the Western world. Most today know scarcely more about Central Asia’s smallest country than when the first British and Russian spies of “The Great Game” traversed the Pamir mountains in the mid to late 1800s.

Not that Tajikistan lacks...

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Apr 4, 2012 KH Cambodia

Compiled by Allison Moomey | KF16 & KF17 | Bénin

Kiva fellows enjoy some time off during springtime holidays. Kiyomi enjoys a Semana Santa beach vacation in Mexico.

Springtime has arrived and fellows around the world are celebrating the resfreshing new life springing from the ground. From millions of tulips in Turkey to smelling family members and friends in Mongolia, fellows have been busy embracing the unique cultures of their host countries. Join Isabel...

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Apr 4, 2012 AZ Azerbaijan

Compiled by Kiyomi Beach | KF17 | Mexico

Easter Egg Dyeing in Cameroon

Whether shaking off the chill of winter, welcoming the rainy season, or experiencing any other climate change, the spring can definitely be a time to celebrate.  Some countries celebrate big which can mean local business owners have a surge in income from selling items related to the festivities.  Sales for new clothes, fabrics for costumes, candies, and specialty foods increase, which give...

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Sep 9, 2011

About 3 weeks ago I arrived in Burkina Faso, ready and excited to work with Micro Start, Kiva’s first partner in the west African country.  Micro Start has an amazing mission “to improve families’ living conditions in general, and that of women in particular, by facilitating access to financial and non-financial services” and a conscientious staff who start working at 7:30am to carry it out.  This is Micro Start’s Kiva Coordinator (KC) and I at the office during one my first days:

Although I’ve been here only a few short weeks, I’ve already had the...

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Aug 8, 2011 SN Senegal

by Tim Young, KF15, Senegal

It is difficult to believe that more than three months have passed since I first arrived in Senegal to begin my Kiva Fellowship. During that time I have travelled from the desert to the sea; I’ve met borrowers who are farmers, retailers, tailors and fishermen. Some have been asking for tiny loans to start their first micro-enterprise, others for commercial-sized loans to continue funding the growth of their successful businesses. All have been inspiring. I have a new golden rule for Kiva Fellows: Exspecta inexspectata! (That’s...

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