This may sound ludicrous, particularly if you were born after the year 2000, but can you imagine getting through the workday with an internet connection that is so slow it barely supports your Gmail account? What if, in addition, your job and the organization you work for could not exist without the internet? Well, Kiva is just such an organization and Accra, Ghana has a remarkably slow internet connection. For Kiva fellows based in West Africa internet roadblocks can be frequent and significant, leading many to scream at their computers wondering, “Why they can’t I load just...Continue Reading >>
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By Diana Biggs | KF18 | Burkina Faso
One week ago today, I touched down in my new home of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The greetings of “Bonne Arrivée!” I received at the airport are now echoed each morning as I arrive at my field partner’s office and each evening as I return home and am greeted by my night guardian, Adama.
And a good arrival it was, in many parts...Continue Reading >>
As we begin to get a feel for our new placements and our new countries, we Fellows have also begun to ponder items ranging from local business realities to simply why we love what we do. The nine posts in this update give a great deal of insight into the work of a Fellow, local culture in the locations in which we are placed, and most importantly,...Continue Reading >>
By Ward Lassoe / KF-18 / Armenia
I’d read about Armenian hospitality. I’d heard about it. But last week, I got a chance to experience it.
My first assignment as a Kiva Fellow was to videotape interviews with current and past borrowers in Armenia. I’m lucky because these interactions with local borrowers are always a highlight of a Kiva Fellowship.
But as I headed out the first day with some staff members from SEF International (one of Kiva’s micro-finance partners in Armenia), I wasn’t sure how the experience would go. How would the...Continue Reading >>
by Luan Nio | KF18 | Nicaragua
We think we are all well-travelled, educated and smart, with great interpersonal skills and able to handle difficult situations. But what does actually happen at a Kiva Fellow’s first day in the office?
Most of us have not worked in microfinance before, have never visited their destination country and sometimes don’t speak the local language as well as they might think.
Here are impressions from around the globe during our first day with our assigned Kiva field partner.
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Eduarda Carmo Vaz | KF18 | Peru
For those of you who have never been in Peru on a 28th of June, you might have missed a very important fact: today is the NATIONAL CEVICHE DAY.
Ceviche, a dish made of fresh raw fish marinated in lemon juice and spices, is without a doubt the most famous Peruvian dish.
So what does a Kiva Fellow in Lima do on such a day? Logically, she goes to a “Ceviche Festival.”
One of the delicious ceviche stands.
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It is estimated that,
- 200 million work hours a day are wasted collecting water
- 11% more girls attend school when sanitation is available
- 1 child dies every 20 seconds from water-related disease – 2 years ago, a child died every 15 seconds
- 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness
Women bear the responsibility of water collection in the vast majority (>75%) of households worldwide and here in Kenya that number is even greater. Water is a basic right in the developed world and a danger and...Continue Reading >>
By Icaro Rebolledo| KF18 | Peru
Back at university, a friend of mine used to tell me that if I couldn’t cross the road walking (as opposed to running) then I should not cross the road. Personally, I thought he was just being lazy, but he had a point… so I started walking. However, here in Chiclayo (Northern Peru) I would argue that if you don’t run to cross the road, then you really are not 100% sure you’ll make it to the other side… so I have gone back to running, with a 100% success rate so far! ‘Unlearning’ a little has...Continue Reading >>
By Isabel Balderrama | KF17+18 | Bolivia
When thinking of the wide swath of qualities that make up a Kiva Fellow, one can be certain of the one trait all fellows possess: an unequivocal thirst for exploring unfamiliar territory.
A fellowship assignment presents us with the thrill of being given an opportunity to quench this thirst as it often sends us flying halfway across the world (and sometimes even further), thousands of miles away from our places of birth and comfort zones.
So here I find myself, on my second Kiva fellowship assignment with Kiva Fellows...Continue Reading >>
Compiled by Isabel Balderrama | KF17 + KF18 | Bolivia
On this week’s update we have a great collection of posts describing some of our Kiva Fellows’ Class 18 arrival to their new and exciting field assignments. But first, we are treated to an article from an out-going fellow who takes us on a visually-pleasing journey through Mexico’s largest artisan fair. This week’s journey also takes us to...Continue Reading >>