Stories tagged with Lending

Sep 9, 2014 CO Colombia
 

After spending 3 great months with Interactuar in Medellin, I never would have imagined I´d have the privilege to meet these three Colombian Kiva borrowers with such unique businesses.  Not only are Interactuar´s mission, microfinance products and business development services outstanding, they serve some of Colombia´s hardestworking and kind people working to provide for their families...and the families of their neighbors. Allow me to introduce you to three Colombians I´ll never forget.


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Sep 9, 2014 GO Global Update

I have been in Kenya for almost 4 months now for my fellowship. Some of my time was spent in Nairobi, and some in western and rural parts of the country. Getting around by motorbike (“piki piki” or “boda boda”) is a way of life in Kenya. But I’ve never seen a female driver. Granted, it’s not an everyday occurrence in the western world either, but motorcycles in general are also not nearly so common.

Arriving in Kisumu, I thought I’d give it a try. After moving into my apartment I stepped outside to head for a grocery store. I saw a man with a kind face starting up his boda... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 GO Global Update

Those of you who know me well know my love for lingustics, and learning  languages around the world. My Kiva Fellowship was a perfect opportunity to nurture this passion of mine further. Since I arrived in Kenya, I've been learning the beautiful language of Swahili. When you love learning languages, it also makes you also meet some amazing local people that you develop bonds with ...

Meet Michael, he is one of many cab's drivers that work with Kiva in Kenya! He picked me up this morning for work and said "Nina, it's been a long time, a week since I saw you...

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Sep 9, 2014 GO Global Update
Check out Kiva's latest post on Medium to see how Joyce, a craftswoman in Beirut, built her own trade:

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Sep 9, 2014 GO Global Update


“Your mission Jim, should you chose to accept it…..” drones the familiar voice. We all know what happens next. Well my mission was to share my thoughts and experiences of Fellows training week. So here goes….
 
The Kiva workspace is extraordinary. Located in downtown San Francisco it is a large loft type space with an industrial feel. Any resemblance to the bland, hierarchical, corporate culture I've been used to in the oil industry was entirely coincidental.
 
Incredibly casual - think jeans, T-shirts, flip flops. With a beer keg and tap in the... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 IN India
In clay pot: Ras Malai (my favorite); On plate: Rasgulla and Gulab Jamun


I was recently in Kolkata, India for a Kiva fellowship to work with BJS, one of Kiva's partners, to visit its borrowers and help develop catalytic loan products to further reach underserved populations.  Kolkata is a dynamic, vibrant city that is a marriage of the modernized and the developing. It was a captivating experience to be there, meet the people I met, and be a part of the local community, an intertwining of... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 TZ Tanzania
Experience the mystical, enchanting streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar:
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Sep 9, 2014 CO Colombia


A key component of Kiva's efforts to connect people throughout the world is to partner with trustworthy and high-impact organizations.  While there are many notable microfinance institutions, not all meet Kiva's standards of being a Kiva Field Partner.

Not Just Microcredit Kiva Field Partners go beyond providing sustainable microcredit services.  In order to highlight their outstanding efforts to serve their community's needs, Kiva created the Social Performance Badges.  Using the Social Performance Task Force's  ... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 KE Kenya


My first boda experience in Kenya occurred on a wet morning, in the pitch-black darkness that is the 5 o'clock hour, on uneven dirt roads winding through the rural farmland of Isibania, Kenya.  I was wearing the broken helmet of a former Kiva Fellow who had been in a motorcycle accident in exactly these conditions.



 
The beauty of being a person afflicted with many fears is that is doesn’t take much to experience an adrenaline rush.  In this situation, I might as well have been free climbing Mt. Kenya for the amount of dopamine... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2014 ZW Zimbabwe

After spending 1.5 months in Zimbabwe I wanted to share some of the not-so-commonly-known facts and some of my observations about this beautiful country and its people. I tried to compile my favorite 10 facts below:

1. Everyone is extremely friendly and warm.

2. Zimbo’s have a very weird english accent. To me, it sounds like a mix of British and Jamaican accents.

3. In addition to the accent,...
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