Stories tagged with Kiva

Oct 10, 2013 MX Mexico
We all work hard.  We all put in time into something we are passionate about.  Or, we exhaust all our efforts into something we believe will make a difference.  Studying for tests.  Crunching numbers in the office.   Life is work.  Work is life.  Throughout my entire life I’ve been fortunate enough to meet extremely hard working individuals that have inspired me to not only work hard (my father) but follow your heart (my mother) despite any setbacks you may face (my sister).
 
However, in only a few weeks into my Fellowship I... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2013 GO Global Update
 
I have some good news and some bad news...
 
Bad news first? My output of sweat has not decreased even though I have now been in the Philippines for more than a week. The humidity of the Negros Islands continues to feel like 100%. But, I really can't complain because without this tropical weather, I wouldn't have the beautiful landscapes to see or film.
 
The good news? I am starting to get a handle on the learning curve of my new equipment. The camera is starting to feel like an extension of my arm...
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Oct 10, 2013 PE Peru
The majesty of Peru extends far beyond Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. This country is teeming with cultural, historical, and geographical diversity.  The following post combines the perspective of three Kiva fellows recently in Peru.  Each offers a brief glimpse into a region where they served and a specific example of how micro-finance with Kiva is making a difference on the ground.

The Spanish conquerors oversimplified Peru into three geographic regions: 1. Sierra (mountain highlands), 2. Selva (broadleaf rainforest), 3. Costa (desert coast).  Although these... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2013 KE Kenya


If you are privileged enough to visit Nairobi, you can decide to approach the city out of fear and simply visit the airport, hotels, and expat bars.The other more rewarding option is to enjoy the vibrancy and rich culture of Nairobi (aka "Silicon Savannah") by using public transportation to navigate the capitol.

Make sure to remember a few things to lower your chances of over-paying, getting lost...

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Oct 10, 2013 UA Ukraine

I'm going where? Ukraine!

Being Kiva Fellow is being flexible, and for me that meant both the fear and the thrill of going where I'd never thought I'd go - the former Soviet Union!  As a media fellow in Eastern Europe, I've been traveling and photographing Kiva borrowers in Southern Ukraine and Crimea - near the black sea - for about a month now.  I've met farmers who have taken out loans for greenhouses, drip irrigation and small motor tillers through one of Kiva's field partners here - ACM (Agro Capital Management)....

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Oct 10, 2013 KE Kenya

Man performing Muslim prayers while waiting for the terrorist siege to end


The media hype may be winding down but many of us here in Kenya are still shaken by the Westgate terrorist attack. While my own experience may not be as compelling as those in the news, it has left me with a deeper compassion for those who live in constant fear. 

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Oct 10, 2013 PH Philippines

9:00am Departure to Bayawan, Philippines

 

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Oct 10, 2013 GO Global Update


My personal mission statement: As a Kiva Media Fellow, my goal for this journey in Southeast Asia is to share the stories of Kiva borrowers to the world, through my eyes and my lens. I want to help people see how their contributions from around the world change the lives of so many.
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Oct 10, 2013 TZ Tanzania
One of my favorite weekend activities in New York City is to go out to eat with my husband and try new restaurants.  New York has some amazing food and a lot of unique restaurants to visit.  When I learned I would be going to Tanzania I was very excited to spend some time in East Africa.   I decided that while there I wanted to make sure and sample different local food.  

So here I am, halfway across the world, ready for my food adventure to begin.  Will it be some strange bug or exotic fruit,  maybe a rare meat that is only known in this... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2013 IN India
Tea Stall Along the Ganges River


When I arrived at field partner BJS on the first day of my fellowship, I was warmly greeted by staff, then swiftly escorted into the CEO’s office. The first order of business? Tea. “How would you like your tea, madam? Black or with milk?” “Um, with milk, please. Thank you!” It arrived in a beautiful white china teacup decorated in gold. A...
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