Stories tagged with Kiva

Jul 7, 2013 PH Philippines


Getting properly acquainted with a new culture inevitably involves exploring the local cuisine. Easier said than done in some places….it’s rather simple to say to yourself, ‘sure, I’d eat that’, but would you? Well I’ve got some good news – in preparation for your future trip (that you may or may not be making) to the Philippines, I have done the dirty work for you. And I am happy to report that every single one of the dishes listed below will leave you hungry for more. Just…maybe don’t look... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 US United States
I am the first zip fellow to be placed in my hometown Akron, Ohio and here is a look at day in my life early in my fellowship.

I get up at 7:00 and go for a jog on a trail by my house that goes by a lovely creek. After a shower and breakfast I get started on my day. It starts with a meeting with Tabitha, the marketing coordinator for a local business trustee, to go over the trustee profile. After coffee with Tabitha I drive over to the International Institute of Akron which supports refugees as they integrate into the Akron community. I speak to the director and her... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 KH Cambodia
A vibrant rice paddy during the start of the rainy season.

 
In a country with approximately 20% of the population living on less than 1 dollar per day, and over 80% rural, how do you define and target the more “vulnerable” groups?  This is the challenge faced by the Vulnerable Services Unit at KREDIT Microfinance Institute, Kiva’s oldest field partner in Cambodia.
 
One way to create the parameters of this definition is to focus on borrowers and... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 KE Kenya



I arrived to a tiny, dusty roadside stand with three wooden stalls and a few locals hanging around.  This was Matutu, a small village in Western Kenya.  I hoped this Matutu anyway.  There were no signs, and it isn’t on Google maps.  A boda boda driver took me to my meeting point.  A school somewhere nearby.
 
 
As we drove down the dusty, dirt roads, I was mesmerized by the scenery of lush, green, rolling hills.  And the locals were equally enamored with me.  Group after group of children running behind... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 US United States
Every day friends and family ask me, “What do you do as a Kiva Fellow in the Bay Area?” and every time my answer is slightly different, depending on which day you ask. So I wanted to take the time and share with you what one day is like as a Kiva Fellow in the US. I am currently in California, specifically the Bay Area and have the opportunity to support the local and talented individuals through Kiva Zip.
 
My days aren’t typical and I don’t have a set office space, mainly because I’m working “remotely” in the field and my office is... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 KE Kenya
When Aditi and I arrived in Busia, dust-splayed and weather-beaten on the shared backseat of a boda boda, we did not look like your average tourists.
 
The midday sun was at its height, and as we throttled down miles of dusty country roads, the wind kicked up streaks of earth that colored my clothes red and coursed through my hair. Sitting on the very back of the motorbike, with Aditi sandwiched in-between me and the driver, I grasped for the metal bar behind me with one hand, and with the other, waved at an ever-evolving panorama of fruit sellers, truck drivers... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 UA Ukraine

1. If you’re traveling with a significant other, bring a padlock. (Don't worry, it's only for the Bridge of Love)
 
This bridge in Kyiv is completely full of (mostly) old locks that couples place here as a sign of their commitment. It's the green version of the...
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Jul 7, 2013 PH Philippines

Many of Kiva’s partners continue to extend the reach of microfinance, and one such example of this is Philippines-based partner Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF). In recent months, NWTF has embraced Kiva’s renewed focus on catalytic loan products and has introduced a program dedicated toward offering community-impact loans to clients. The program is targeted at enterprises that can add significant value to poor communities, in terms of...

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Jul 7, 2013 US United States
Last week I felt like a star. I had a gymnasium full of people who either knew me or had heard of me. I had a rockstar team of Kiva employees doing my bidding. And to top it all off, someone made me a cake.
Aracely, one of the first Borrowers in Oregon, made us this gorgeous cake!


Well, to be honest, someone made Kiva Zip a cake. Same same, right?
 
The last Thursday of June saw the official launch of Kiva Zip in Oregon! As... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2013 UG Uganda
              
By: Abhishesh Adhikari
 
One of the Kiva partner MFIs that I am helping in Uganda is Micro Credit for Development and Transformation (MCDT.)  It is based in Kampala and provides financial services primarily to low-income women who come to Kampala from remote areas of Uganda. Even though the average loan size for a borrower at MCDT is only about $200, it is amazing how impactful the loans have been in helping these women become financially independent.
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