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Nov 11, 2015 KE Kenya
It’s rainy season here in Nairobi, and the dirt roads of Mukuru - one of the largest informal settlements in the city - have turned into thick muddy footpaths and fast flowing streams. The watery scene is a stark reminder of the near total lack of drainage systems and sanitation services, as all forms of waste are distributed in the swampy conditions. According to the UN, nearly 56% of all city dwellers in Kenya live in these slum-type conditions.   

The Kiva partner Sanergy is one organization taking on the sanitation problem in Mukuru and other slums throughout... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2015 UG Uganda
There’s nothing more essential to life than water. It composes over half of our human body and it is a vital nutrient to the life of every cell. However, what happens when this critical “ingredient” to survival is not clean? Unsafe drinking water can transmit harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites, all contributing to waterborne illness and disease.

Clean drinking water is not something I gave much thought to in U.S. It seemed to always be at hand, in the form of a water cooler, bottled water, or even just tap water. However, this basic commodity back home is something that very... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2015 TW Taiwan
Taipei 101 Tower is a landmark of Taiwan


Since mid-September, I have been in Taiwan for my 1st field placement prospecting potential partners in this lovely island.  People might associate Taiwan with High-tech companies and irresistible foods; however, I found out that caring & sharing are special elements rooted in Taiwanese’s hearts.

In traditional Taiwanese greeting, people usually ask “are you full yet?” instead of “how are you?”  You may ask why? Because feeding stomach was... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2015 US United States
Fall is abundant in Pittsburgh, PA.  The weather is crisp and the leaves have changed to beautiful reds and golds.  To a girl from Southern California, this is a refreshing change.  It is November and, in the United States, Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  What could be a better way to celebrate than to share some reasons small business owners in Pittsburgh are thankful this year? 

During the month of November, Kiva City Pittsburgh and I will be highlighting some of our successful past borrowers through the hashtag, #ThankstoKiva.... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 PE Peru

Whenever I travel outside Western Europe, the most common reaction is, "Wow, that must be really hard!" as if the developing world were little more than an array of obstacles, challenges, frustrations, and difficulties--unlike the unfettered convenience and ease of everything in the good old USA. 
 
Yet every time I settle back into the American Dream, I find myself pining for any number of things that were easier or better elsewhere.  But when I describe most foreign countries as "convenient," people look baffled.  So here are some...

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Oct 10, 2015 KE Kenya

There’s apparently a proverb that says you can’t wash the dust of Africa off your feet. Looking at my laptop, I realise just how dusty a place Kenya is in October. My camera, my phone, my clothes, my shoes – everything seems to have developed a layer of grime that’s gradually getting permanently worn in.

Nairobi has certainly played its part...

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Oct 10, 2015 MX Mexico
It's festival season in the farming community of San Lorenzo Toxico, Ixtlahuaca, about an hour north of Mexico City. The windows of the church in the center of town brim with colorful flower arrangements. I wander around the plaza outside the main chapel, snapping photographs of the bountiful altars -- stoic crosses, ripe fruits, framed photographs -- that the residents have put together in honor of their patron saint, San Lorenzo. 
 
A teenage girl taps me on the elbow shyly. "No puede sacar fotos aquí," she says. You can't take photos here....
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Oct 10, 2015 GO Global Update, US United States
What does it take to put on the biggest Kiva event in history?
 

Over 1,000 people came out to celebrate Kiva's San Francisco City Launch on October 1, 2015. I began my Fellowship exactly 18 days ago after moving to San Francisco to work as a Kiva Fellow. In just three short weeks I’ve been impressed by the energy and community of the Kiva Zip team.

 
For months, the Kiva Zip team in the US has been preparing for the San Francisco City... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2015 GT Guatemala
Around the majestic Lake Atitlán sits the small town know for its traditional weavings, San Juan La Laguna. I was graciously invited to learn about the weaving process from two borrowers who are part of the women’s cooperative Asociación Tz’utujil. Tz’utujil is the Mayan culture and language of those inhabitants who live around the lake. One Saturday morning, I took the 30-minute boat ride across the lake to see how this cooperative makes their weavings (scarves, table runners, shawls, bags, hammocks, etc.) from start to finish.

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Sep 9, 2015 PE Peru
Proud papa of profitable plants

Shortly before leaving for my Kiva fellowship, I had an iced coffee so good that I thanked the barista.  Today, I got to thank the man who grew the beans--not the actual beans, probably, but the kind of high-quality beans that must have gone into such a drink.  Experts say that while Peru doesn't produce nearly the quantity of its famous neighbor, the quality of its coffee can be even bettter, in part because production is on such a small scale, mostly on tiny... Continue Reading >>

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