Apr 1, 2015 KV Kiva HQ
By Brianna Gillease
Cool New Partners: Kiva Launches in Madagascar!

Crédit Epargne Formation (CEFOR)
Madagascar

Supporting first-time borrowers and vulnerable populations in Madagascar

Who are they?

Crédit Epargne Formation is a microfinance organization that targets first-time borrowers and impoverished families in the Analmanga region of Madagascar. The organization has developed a social categorization ranking in order to reach the most vulnerable groups. They also provide mandatory health insurance, business and loan management trainings and voluntary health and hygeine trainings for borrowers.    

You'll love them if...you are looking to help first-time borrowers!

Learn more at: http://www.kiva.org/partners/443



Vahatra
Madagascar

Supporting low-income families in Madagascar 

Who are they?

Vahatra is a non-profit microfinance organization that provides loans to low-income families in Madagascar. The loans granted by Vahatra help families start or generate income-generating activities or access vocational programs to increase their income. The organization also provides services including healthcare, financial or business training, agricultural extension services, insurance or access to education.
    

You'll love them if...you want to make a loan in Madagascar!

Learn more at: http://www.kiva.org/partners/359


Buksh Foundation
Pakistan

Providing clean energy in rural Pakistan 

Who are they?

The Buksh Foundation is a microfinance institution that works to empower underprivledged communities in Pakistan by creating innovative clean energy solutions. Almost half of individuals in Pakistan do not have access to formal electricity services. The Buksh Foundation provides reliable and affordable electricity to people, largely women, in rural Pakistan.  

You'll love them if...you want to make a clean energy loan!

Learn more at: http://www.kiva.org/partners/421 

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Brianna, a Bay Area native, was born and raised in Sonoma County. She attended the University of California Davis, where she earned her B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis in Peace and Conflict Studies, an area focus in Africa and the Middle East and a minor in French. In 2012, during her junior year at UC Davis, she studied abroad in Paris, France. She lived with Laurence de Saint Sernin, assistant to Senator del Picchia and first cousin of politician Dominique Villepin (previous Prime Minister of France, Foreign Minister of France and 2012 French Presidential Candidate). This offered Brianna a unique perspective on the 2012 French Presidential Election. She was at the Bastille, an important symbol of the French Republic, the night Francois Hollande was elected president. As for her professional experience, Brianna has worked as a Global Ambassador for ISA (International Studies Abroad), creating and maintaining a blog to inspire other students to study abroad with ISA. She also has international nonprofit and social entrepreneurship experience. As an undergraduate, she worked with Nourish International, a nonprofit organization on campus, which uses money raised by social businesses developed by students, to support poverty reduction projects in the developing world. In 2013, she helped fund a project to build schools for underprivileged youth in Moshi, Tanzania in partner with Brown University and international NGO Mama Hope. In her free time, Brianna can be found seeing live music, spending time in nature (especially by the ocean), cooking, laughing, going on adventures, pinteresting, confusing people with her perpetual sarcasm and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to begin this journey with Kiva and is looking forward to using her passion, experience, and education to make a positive difference in the world and to learn more about microfinance and sustainable development.

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