Stories tagged with development

Oct 10, 2016 SL Sierra Leone
“Despite the hoopla over microfinance, it doesn't cure poverty”1. The validity of this statement is recognized, and the data; compelling. A simple google search will lead you to a plethora of articles about how microfinance is not as effective as promised by NGOs around the world, and that it is a disappointment in the development field234. However, before you scrap the concept and decide your money is better spent with a foundation, I would like to invite you to consider a different perspective.

The average house...
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Mar 3, 2014 SL Sierra Leone
Two years ago, back in Dublin, I hatched a plan to become a Kiva Fellow. In Africa, if at all possible.

To make the dream stick, I enrolled in a development work preparatory course held on weekends in an old Georgian building.

“First will come the honeymoon period,” the facilitator warned, in a class on cultural immersion. “Then culture shock, then adaptation. Finally, when you return home, there will be some reverse culture shock.”

The dream stuck and the plan worked out. I have been working in Sierra Leone as a Kiva Fellow since February, helping the... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 KH Cambodia
A tree at one of the hundreds of "Killing Fields" in Cambodia, where the Khmer Rouge orchestrated a mass genocide from 1975-1979.

Tragic History
The Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia is still fresh in the collective memory of this country.  Few other places have seen the very fabric of society ripped apart so thoroughly in such a short period of time.  In the wake of the Khmer Rouge and a protracted civil war that lasted until 1993, an... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2013 AZ Azerbaijan, EC Ecuador, GO Global Update, GT Guatemala, KE Kenya
We've collected a few of our favorite (and cutest) photos of mothers, grandmothers and their children from the circle of Kiva borrowers around the world. 

We hope that you make a this a special day to remember your mothers and any other women who cared for you like a mother!   

P.S. A Kiva Card makes a great last-minute gift!

Mother and daughter CAURIE borrowers, Fautou and Sylla in...
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