Stories tagged with Armenia

Aug 8, 2015 AM Armenia
As I pass the halfway mark in my fellowship, I’ve been taking some time to reflect. A self-diagnosed pragmatic dreamer, I’m forever faced with the challenge of having to keep my feet on the ground but not wanting to let my dreams fly away. This period of reflection has led to an overload of questions that I struggle to answer when my heart is telling me what I want to hear but my mind is always there to provide a counterargument.

Are we winning the FIGHT against poverty?

What are the biggest BARRIERS in our way?

How can we do BETTER?

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Jul 7, 2015 AM Armenia
Two years ago, Armen took out a loan of $1,625 for his business and since he has just repaid his final installment last month, I decided to pay him a visit to hear about his experience using Kiva.



Armen is a fishmonger in Yerevan where he sells trout and sturgeon from the freshwaters of Armenia’s many beautiful rivers and lakes. Armen is an incredibly hard working man and adds real value to his business by preparing delicious fish dinners for take away. Khorovats is the national dish of Armenia and involves barbecuing fish or meats on skewers, served with potatoes,... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2013 AM Armenia
The work of a Kiva Fellow is busy and varied, but we also like to take in the sights while we are abroad.  One week this fall, I was able to spend a week with not one, but two other Kiva-ites.  Kiva Fellows Program Coordinator Shana Soltani came to Armenia to observe Liz Fish, Kiva Media Fellow, and me.  We had a great week of meeting borrowers and talking with the field partners, and on the weekend, we decided to visit 2 very interesting historical places near Yerevan: Garni and Gerhard.

Garni temple...
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Dec 12, 2013 AM Armenia
Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of working with Liz Fish, Kiva Media Fellow, in Armenia.  Liz has come with me on borrower verifications, and I have come with her on media visits.  Together we have met more borrowers than either one of us would have alone.

Working in the offices of SEF and Nor Horizon, Kiva’s partners in Armenia, is great because it is obvious that the staff at both feel passionate about their work in helping low-income Armenians improve their businesses, expand their agriculture, and get an education.  As satisfying as the office... Continue Reading >>