Jun 17, 2016 ZW Zimbabwe

Cecilia used a part of her loan to buy seen and fertilizer for her farm and operate a tuck shop
Joyce supplies all the meat and produce from her own farm for the take away restaurant she opened with her second Kiva loan
Camfed supported women continuing their education to become teachers

My fellowship with Kiva began with a three month assignment to the Kiva...

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May 29, 2016 MG Madagascar

You may know that Kiva not only partners with Microfinance institutions, but also with schools, associations, and social enterprises. Given my keenness for learning about different social enterprise models, I was stoked to find out that as part of my Fellowship, I was tasked with finding leads for new potential Kiva partners in Madagascar. This gave me the chance to meet (dropping Kiva’s name in cold emails worked wonders!) and learn about organizations currently tackling environment conservation, health, sanitation and energy challenges across Madagascar. I was particularly wowed by two... Continue Reading >>


May 27, 2016 MG Madagascar

View of a surrounding village of Antsirabe, Madagascar
Madagascar is one of Kiva’s newest territory and I am the lucky first Fellow to ever work in the country and visit Vahatra, Kiva’s Field Partner in Antsirabe. Vahatra’s mission is to improve the living conditions of poor families living on less than two dollars a day by promoting and assisting with the development of their economic and social autonomy. Vahatra offers microfinance services and training, social assistance, and health insurance... Continue Reading >>


May 26, 2016 GO Global Update

The Kiva NYC Team went to Bed-Stuy Brooklyn to visit Abuela’s Tattoo and got inked for their Friday the 13th Sale!   Mandi and Sam took out a loan for Myrtle Tattoo Ink Parlor (renamed: Abuela’s Tattoo) at the beginning of last year. Soon after, they secured a space to provide local artists with supplies and a clean working environment. Though they were busy, we had a chance to learn more about their busy year of change, growth and success. Q: Since you applied for your Kiva loan, you've changed your shop name to...
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May 11, 2016 CO Colombia

After visiting over 20 Kiva borrowers throughout Colombia, I have met many different people – young, experienced, women, men, city-dwellers, rural farmers, and so on. Although each one of my visits has been unique, one thing remains constant: every borrower I have met has been impressively entrepreneurial and tenacious. I leave every visit feeling inspired and humbled not only by what the borrowers have achieved and overcome, but also by their motivations for becoming entrepreneurs. Below are three of many remarkable Colombian entrepreneurs who work with Interactuar, a Kiva Partner in... Continue Reading >>


May 11, 2016 MZ Mozambique

You probably know more Mozambican Portuguese than you realize… After first landing in Maputo three months ago, my jet-lagged brain strained to understand the small talk with my taxi driver. He excused himself as he answered his phone and said “Estou busy no meu job, brother.” Baffled, I realized I understood what he was saying not because of my Brazilian-Portuguese background, but because of my native language, English! I knew I would have to adjust my Portuguese accent, but wasn’t expecting to have to adjust my English accent in order to communicate in Mozambique...

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May 4, 2016 US United States

Eric Jarvis’ story doesn't start and surely won't end with Kiva.

 

I guess the first thing I can say about Eric before getting into this whole thing is that he is one of the most inspiring and hard working people I've had the privilege of meeting.  I first spoke to Eric Jarvis on the phone...

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May 3, 2016 RW Rwanda

Xaverine is the answer you will most likely get in Nyamasheke, a remote village in west Rwanda.
Xaverine and her knitting machine
The mother of eight taught herself how to use the knitting machine four years ago in the hopes of bringing in additional income to her large family. She has now secured contracts with local schools to knit the blue and white striped sweaters for all the village kids. Not only does Xaverine support her own family, she wants her business to help the community as well. She has already taken... Continue Reading >>


Apr 22, 2016 RW Rwanda

There is a wide array of tasks a fellow can be assigned during one's time in the field. One task I have found most meaningful is "Borrower Verifications," more affectionately known as BVs at Kiva. Most fellows traded in corporate offices/cubes to serve with Kiva; seeing BV on your work plan is a guaranteed change in scenery (literally) from office cubical walls to the beauty of being in the field.  I want to share “A day in the life” of my life as a Kiva Fellow with you during a BV in photos. As context, BV is a randomly generated list of 10 borrowers from a particular Kiva partner that... Continue Reading >>


Apr 19, 2016 RW Rwanda

As I bid a bittersweet farewell to new friends and my Rwandan home, I reflect on a truly remarkable six months and my top 5 wins as a Kiva Fellow: 1. Navigating Kigali like a pro. The streets of a new city can be very confusing, especially to a directionally challenged person such as me. Compared to the well-organized grid system of NYC where I lived before, Kigali streets spool around roundabouts and curve with the thousand hills, making it look more like an abstract art piece from above. For a Kiva Fellow trying to live on a budget, and as the locals do,... Continue Reading >>


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