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So when I arrived in the Solomon Islands and heard about “shell money”, I immediately wanted to learn more. When I subsequently found out that one of the Kiva borrowers in the Solomon Islands makes shell money, I knew I would have to try to meet her!
Shell money is a traditional form of currency that was used in the Solomon Islands before bank notes were introduced. Some provinces still use shell money today,... Continue Reading >>
María Isabel owns nine dairy cows and milks them every day. Then, twice a day she makes cheese and sour cream. María Isabel has many clients in her community because her products are fresh and less expensive than the stores in the area. She made sure... Continue Reading >>
Kandahar Treasure provides work to over 400 women in... Continue Reading >>
As a Kiva Fellow working in Honduras, I have had the opportunity to visit an array of impressive borrowers, a large number of whom are smallholder farmers. Although their stories are inspiring, a common theme many have shared with me is the adverse impact of the middleman.
Locally referred to as an “intermediary” or “coyote,” the middleman will often be the only viable option many smallholder farmers have for both the purchase of agricultural inputs... Continue Reading >>
At Faten, (Palestine for Credit & Development), one of KIVA’s MFI partners in Palestine, there’s plenty of female success stories. In fact, one of the top posts, Regional Manager for the Gaza Strip, a small... Continue Reading >>
First stop, Schaghticoke, NY. Ejay and his eager herding dog are waiting to greet us at R’eisen Shine Farm. We... Continue Reading >>
During my fellowship I’ve met so many inspiring, creative and wonderful entrepreneurs. I’ve been amazed by the devotion and commitment of our trustees, that are working so hard to help make our entrepreneurs' dreams come true.
During my fellowship I’ve also made one particularly meaningful connection – I’ve met Norman. Norman is a double borrower with Kiva Zip and he has used his Kiva Zip loans to stock up the inventory of his Ship’s Store to sell more of the handicrafts and artistry products of the artists he features in his store. Norman has also mentored one of... Continue Reading >>
When I walked into the community space, the President of the Committee, Doña Ethel called me over to sit next to her. Doña Ethel has been part of the... Continue Reading >>
It was early Thursday morning, and I was in Kibera on a borrower visit with one of our trustees and two other Fellows. It was around 10AM when I take out my phone to check the time. I see a text from my sister asking if I know anyone in Garissa. Garissa? Why would she be asking me about a random city in Kenya? I shut my phone thinking I’ll respond later so...Continue Reading >>