Stories tagged with empoweringwomen

May 5, 2015 AF Afghanistan
I recently had the pleasure to speak with Rangina, a current Kiva borrower and the founder of Kandahar Treasure, an artisan organization established in 2003 and based in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Rangina is a member of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise (www.alllianceforartisanenterprise.org), a Kiva Field Partner which works with artisan groups globally to help them access needed financing and grow their businesses.
Rangina, founder of Kandahar Treasure

Kandahar Treasure provides work to over 400 women in... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2015 TJ Tajikistan
“Start-ups” is currently a big buzz word all across the developed world – from San Francisco to Istanbul to Singapore, aspiring entrepreneurs are having a go at starting their next company hoping to make it big one day. Here in Tajikistan, there is also a wave of start-ups being created, driven by women who dream of creating a better life for their families.
 
In a small district outside the city of Khujand in Northern Tajikistan, I had the chance to meet with a very different kind of start-up business. The CEO/CTO/CFO of this one-man start-up is Mukaramjon, who is also a... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2015 ZW Zimbabwe
They may be continents apart, but Costa Rica and Zimbabwe face some of the same challenges when it comes to life in a rural community. A lack of electricity means no fridges to keep food chilled. Cooking is often done over an open fire inside the home but, increasingly, the severe health risks (particularly to women and children) of the smoky environment are becoming evident. And there’s unlikely, either, to be ready access to running hot water.
 
How to address such challenges forms part of the research activities of the renowned Earth University in...
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Mar 3, 2015 WS Samoa
As I approach Faleula, one of the many villages along the road that circles Samoa’s Upolu Island, I am excited and a little nervous. I am about to meet a Kiva borrower for the first time! I wonder what she will be like; will she be happy to meet me and talk about her business or will she see me as an interruption or even an intrusion.

When I arrive at Mile’s general store, she greets me with a warm smile and all my reservations fade away immediately.

Mile in her store


Mile tells... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2013 NI Nicaragua
Riding a motorcycle in a developing country is, well, eventful to say the least.  The term “road hazard” takes on a whole new meaning.  Horse drawn carts, herds of cattle, stray chickens – the possibilities are endless.  The first time I had the pleasure of experiencing a motorcycle ride in Nicaragua was the day I met Claudia.

Trying to look tough...not sure I pull it off in my preppy Kiva polo
 
 
The purpose of my adventure was to meet with multiple... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2013 VN Vietnam



Having spent my formative years in a moderately sheltered suburb, the first images that come to mind when I hear the word "commune" consist of a few dozen hippies living in the woods, probably sitting in drum circles, debating the evils of capitalism and how things should just...

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Mar 3, 2013 PY Paraguay
Micro-businesses ranged from handicrafts to catalog sales

In an earlier post I mentioned one of the ways that Fundación Paraguaya serves its constituents by broadening its scope beyond just making microloans.  In that post I wrote about the Fundación’s self-sustaining agricultural and hospitality education program for high school students.
 
Another way that Fundación Paraguaya equips people to make better use of microfinance and emerge from poverty is through... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2013 AL Albania

Come with me on a journey to northern Albania, an area known for legendary hospitality, ancient citadels, and blood feuds.  In many villages in the north the people are not governed by 21st century...

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