Stories tagged with kivazip

Aug 8, 2014 US United States


Working with a borrower like Athene inspires me because she represents true ambition and commitment; both traits that are essential in becoming successful as an entrepreneur. 

Athene is the owner of Sweet Pea Prop Shop, an online store that sells newborn clothing to professional photographers as props. She created her business in an effort to re-integrate into a slowly recovering economy and to convert her dreams of entrepreneurship and creative self-expression into a reality. Her challenge to date has been keeping up with demand, which is why she needs a... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 KE Kenya
While working on Kiva Zip operations in Kenya, I engage with Trustees (the volunteer backbone of the Kiva Zip model) every day, hearing their stories, experiences, issues, and very often-getting humble invitations to visit their borrowers. These visits are one of my favorite parts of my fellowship. This is when I get to see the impact of the Kiva Zip model on the ground.

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Recently, I got to visit Kone Mory who is from Côte d’Ivoire, a country in west Africa. Kone is a... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2014 GO Global Update
It has been just over three weeks since I started my fellowship with Kiva Zip.

When I first applied to the program, I warned my family and friends that I would most likely be very “out of reach” for four months. Meaning that I would be working in a faraway place in a distant time zone- think Samoa, Togo, Bangladesh, or maybe even some country that I had barely heard of or knew very little about.

It was much to my surprise after finding out I was accepted to be a Kiva Fellow that I was to be placed in Los Angeles working with Kiva Zip. I’m slightly...
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Jul 7, 2014 KE Kenya

Kiva Zip is all about human connections. Three weeks in Nairobi and I am just amazed to witness the direct impact the Kiva Zip model is having on their borrowers and the strength of this bond of trustee-borrower-lender relationships. 

This week, I met a Kiva Zip borrower, Esther.  She loves and is proud of her little shop “Facebook Cereal” in TOI market area of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Starting from ground zero twice in the last 10 years due to internal Kenya riots and personal medical...

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Apr 4, 2014 US United States
Robert Breen and Mary Ellen Taylor bonding over lettuce & Kiva Zip. Photo by Ralph Alswang.



"It is overwhelming to me to feel that from a lending community, from people that I do not know, who are so generous and so giving, helping me to improve and grow my success in this business. It’s just awesome. We talk about it every day, what we’re going to do with the money. People are donating to us from Australia, from all parts of our country and across the world. It’s just fabulous to be able to... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 US United States
Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Julio and William, second-time Kiva Zip borrowers from Los Angeles.  Within a few minutes, I could see how warm, dedicated and hardworking they are.  They are committed to their families, their business and their Kiva Zip lenders.  I'm excited (and honored) to share their story with you.  
 

Julio & William
 
Julio first moved to the United States from El Salvador to escape civil war and build something better for his family.  His son... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2014 GO Global Update, US United States
Ezequiel Olvera was just 11 years old when he first met Alfredo, a cobbler and small-business owner in Los Angeles. Even at that young age, Ezequiel already had the entrepreneurial bug and approached Alfredo to ask if he could put a gumball machine in Alfredo’s shoe repair shop.  Alfredo agreed, as long as Ezequiel maintained good grades. Ezequiel held up his end of the bargain and he continued to place gumball and...
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Aug 8, 2013 GO Global Update
My experience as a Kiva Zip Fellow in Richmond has been exciting, unique, memorable, thought-provoking, eye-opening, I’ve had my ups, I’ve had my downs, mostly ups though, and I’ve been able to meet extremely intelligent individuals who are passionate about economic development, and who have shed a light on so many questions I had regarding a career in the non-profit sector, and more specifically, in economic development. And it couldn’t have been a better time, as I’ll be going into my senior year of college now, and will soon be making tough decisions that will affect the rest of my career... 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 >>