Stories tagged with Kiva

Nov 11, 2015 NI Nicaragua
It's a decidedly scorching afternoon in the small pastoral community of Puerto Momotombo, located approximately an hour outside of Leon, Nicaragua's university capital. As part of my Kiva fellowship, I've been traversing the country visiting borrowers and observing firsthand the impact their Kiva loan has had on their lives and livelihoods. In Momotombo I'm meeting with Ana Belkys, one of several Kiva borrowers who have taken out a loan from Kiva field partner MiCredito to fund higher education expenses through its loan product, MiCreditEstudios. 

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Nov 11, 2015
With over 2 years living in Brazil and speaking Brazilian Portuguese, I’ve reached the point of conversing where I have stopped literally translating in my head when I speak. I even find my instinctual reaction to come out in Portuguese. Nossa! Opa! At times, however, I have to chuckle realizing the literal translation of some Brazilian terms. I’ve compiled a list of common Brazilian words and sayings that in some ways exemplify Brazilian spirit but simply don’t translate (but I did my best).

1. “Saudade
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Nov 11, 2015 GO Global Update
It’s been a week when reports of shocking terrorist atrocities (Paris, Beirut, Nigeria – and, as I write, Mali) have been dominating our news bulletins and social media feeds. And it’s been followed, of course, with the usual analysis around how best to tackle the issue: border closures, refugee expulsions, states of emergency and air strikes seem depressingly to the fore.
But in this fevered climate, I found it refreshing to see another different, inspiring approach to the challenge, that is being implemented by Hand in Hand... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2015 US United States

In a city like San Francisco where there is a restaurant for every 376 people, it’s almost impossible to have a bad meal. From the flurry of new arrivals on the restaurant scene to the dizzying array of Michelin starred eateries like French Laundry, it’s easy to forget about our local entrepreneurs who are financially excluded from accessing the resources they need to launch and grow their food businesses.

Enter La Cocina, a groundbreaking business incubator designed to reduce the obstacles that prevent low-income food entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable...

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Nov 11, 2015 PE Peru
            Ebert is waiting for me at 7 am as promised, crouched by his motorbike, his hoodie cinched, looking like a benevolent bandit.  He hands me a helmet, I mount the bike behind him, and we're off to visit Avelino Perez, coffee farmer, way outside Pucará, Peru, as part of my borrower verification.  We stop once for gas and again when the bike stalls three times and won't start. 
            "I told the boss this bike had problems," he grumbles, shaking his head.  He has a... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2015 KE Kenya
It’s rainy season here in Nairobi, and the dirt roads of Mukuru - one of the largest informal settlements in the city - have turned into thick muddy footpaths and fast flowing streams. The watery scene is a stark reminder of the near total lack of drainage systems and sanitation services, as all forms of waste are distributed in the swampy conditions. According to the UN, nearly 56% of all city dwellers in Kenya live in these slum-type conditions.   

The Kiva partner Sanergy is one organization taking on the sanitation problem in Mukuru and other slums throughout... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2015 UG Uganda
There’s nothing more essential to life than water. It composes over half of our human body and it is a vital nutrient to the life of every cell. However, what happens when this critical “ingredient” to survival is not clean? Unsafe drinking water can transmit harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites, all contributing to waterborne illness and disease.

Clean drinking water is not something I gave much thought to in U.S. It seemed to always be at hand, in the form of a water cooler, bottled water, or even just tap water. However, this basic commodity back home is something that very... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2015 TW Taiwan
Taipei 101 Tower is a landmark of Taiwan

Since mid-September, I have been in Taiwan for my 1st field placement prospecting potential partners in this lovely island.  People might associate Taiwan with High-tech companies and irresistible foods; however, I found out that caring & sharing are special elements rooted in Taiwanese’s hearts.

In traditional Taiwanese greeting, people usually ask “are you full yet?” instead of “how are you?”  You may ask why? Because feeding stomach was... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2015 US United States
Fall is abundant in Pittsburgh, PA.  The weather is crisp and the leaves have changed to beautiful reds and golds.  To a girl from Southern California, this is a refreshing change.  It is November and, in the United States, Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  What could be a better way to celebrate than to share some reasons small business owners in Pittsburgh are thankful this year? 

During the month of November, Kiva City Pittsburgh and I will be highlighting some of our successful past borrowers through the hashtag, #ThankstoKiva.... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 GH Ghana
I arrive at the group meeting spot, where approximately 60 women are gathered on a shady verandah. They start waving in surprise when they see me, and call out melodious greetings. “You are welcome, you are welcome.”

Today is loan disbursement day, where these two groups will receive their requested loan amounts from Grameen Ghana, a microfinance institution based in northern Ghana with a focus on providing group loans to financially underserved women borrowers in rural northern communities. Under the group loan model, the loan is guaranteed by the members through social... Continue Reading >>