I’ve been immersed in the mission this week – San Francisco’s Mission district. Block after colorful block surrounds Kiva’s office at 18th and Folsom where we’ve been gathered just prior to our departures throughout the world. And while you can find virtually any type of cuisine in the area – from Salvadoran to Vietnamese to Senegalese – it’s really all about the burritos. Last night’s sampling was a bulging toasty tortilla jammed with spicy al pastor courtesy of El Farolito on 24th and Mission. Taqueria Cancun is just a short 5...Continue Reading >>
I will now share my knowledge and potentially erroneous information about Bali, Indonesia:
- My principal mode of transportation, motor bike, will significantly increase my chances of bodily harm and death
- The start of the rainy season is October, which neatly coincides with my start date
- Bali has world-class banana pancakes
This is all important because I am going to be volunteering for Kiva’s field partner in Bali, the DINARI Foundation. I will be doing my best to interview borrowers, help DINARI comply with Kiva’s procedures and...Continue Reading >>
Hello, I’m Nick and I’m a Kiva Fellow.
Our long week of training is nearly finished and you can feel the excitement in the room. Everyone is ready to get into the field -I am still cruising around with “TBD” on my name tag, though, as I do not know exactly where I’ll be heading for my fellowship. All anxieties aside, it is great to be a part of this amazing organization and can’t wait to begin this next chapter of my life.
More to follow when my placement is determined…/> Continue Reading >>
I’m nearly a full fledged fellow, simply waiting a few more intense sessions and a final knighting. Once all that formality is over, it will be a whirlwind two months while I sell everything I own, say goodbye to friends, family and co-workers, stuff myself full of vaccinations and purchase the ticket to begin my new life in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as a Kiva Fellow!
Training highlights have been really inspiring conversations with Matt and Premal (and yes, I do have a crush on him now). Its wonderful to be a part of this great organization! Please tune in…/> Continue Reading >>
Hi my name is Ashley and I am a Kiva Fellow in class KF6.
I do have to say that I am jealous of my Kiva Fellows peers who know where they are going and with whom they will be working with, but I know that fate (a.ka. Michelle my Kiva manager) has something great in store for me! I am not leaving til January, but am getting antsy to leave already.
Training has been especially inspiring. The Kiva staff has been incredibly welcoming, and there is no other place I would want to be than right here in San Francisco working for such an amazing non-profit!/> Continue Reading >>
That should be the sign hanging underneath every blog because, really, blogs are like an open invitation to read your diary.
Lucky for me, my diary is written to an imaginary audience populated by people just like you.
Welcome. Welcome to my first post as a Kiva Fellow. I hope that these first few sentences prove enticing enough to read to the middle and even the end of this entry.
This fall I will be going to Peru and later Bolivia to help act as a bridge between the Kiva borrowers from EDAPROSPO and Emprender (respectively) and their Kiva lenders around the world...Continue Reading >>
Hi, my name is Evie, and I’m a Kiva Fellow. (Say it with me now: “Hi, Evie!”)
From October 1, 2008 through October 1, 2009 I will be in the field as a Kiva Fellow. I sit now in the Kiva office in San Francisco, training with my colleagues who will be scattered around the globe for the coming months. In two weeks I’ll leave Seattle for three months in Kiev with HOPE Ukraine. From there I’ll head east into Central Asia for the next three months, and then on to Cambodia for six months, before landing back in the USA next year.
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We are in Day 4 of our Kiva Fellowship training in San Francisco. We’ve gathered from all over the US to prepare for our 3+ month stints across Africa, Asia, South America and Central Europe. Really the most amazing moment for me here has been meeting and communing with 30 other people who are about to deploy across the world. It’s a great and inspirational feeling to realize you’re sitting in a discussion group with seven eager and excited people- one about to fly off to Cambodia, another to Nicaragua, another to Bali, or to Tanzania, or to Azerbaijan… the list...Continue Reading >>
Dala-dalas are Dar es Salaam’s form of public transportation. They are buses that run all over the city, charging about $0.30 per ride. There is no set schedule, and they typically only leave once they are full.
Although several Tanzanians warned me about taking dala-dalas during rush hour, I figured it was no big deal. So I would be squished and sweaty, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. I took one from work to the city center and I even got a seat! At that point I was thinking, “Why did everyone make such a big deal? This is totally fine...Continue Reading >>
(To see what happened during the first 11 days, see Part 1)
Day 12 (Warning: slightly disgusting content. Do not attempt to read while eating): I just finished rubbing my heels with sandpaper for the last hour. It’s a long story how I got to this point, but it involves exclusively flip-flops/sandals and very dirty/dusty/sandy roads for 6 weeks. Basically, I gave up trying to wash or in any way care for my feet a few weeks ago. They were just always dirty. Even when I get home there’s just dirt everywhere so I gave up on my feet. The plan worked out fine until yesterday my...Continue Reading >>