Not only do Kiva fellows provide support for borrowers and Field Partners all over the world, but the images they capture provide a visual connection for all of us. Over the course of their fellowships thus far, our fellows have submitted some captivating photos and we're excited to share some of them with you. This week, we're highlighting images captured throughout Latin America and Kenya.
In the rural town of Pucará in northern Peru lives Avelino, a 62-year-old coffee farmer. As our fellow in Peru Gordon Thompson puts it: “there is something refreshingly "grounded" about him, and I realize that the reason he has trouble talking about dreams is that his are essentially the same as everyone's. Some of us chase dreams in business, or firefighting, or sales, or medicine, or teaching--he pursues them with coffee.” You can read more about Avelino here!
With the help of a Kiva loan, Esther was able to expand her farming business in Limuru, Kenya. She grows tea, maize, carrots, cabbages and then sells her harvest to markets in a nearby town. Fellow Alan Mathers told us that the profits from Esther’s business allow her to sustain a reliable income for her family and pay for her children’s education.
Kiva fellow Mark Eisenberg shared this photo of 18-year-old entrepreneur Wilson Fabian is paying back a Kiva loan that helped him invest in raw materials for his business making cement blocks in Ecuador. Despite his young age, he is determined to expand his company!
Our fellow in Kenya, Alan Mathers, shared great photos with us including this one of Sebeth and her family! Sebeth is a multi-faceted entrepreneur from Kenya who has built a range of businesses including dress making and agricultural projects. She works with Kiva’s Field Partner in Kenya, Hand in Hand Eastern Africa. This organization not only helps provide loans but also financial training to its clients. Sebeth’s hard work goes toward supporting her family including her four grandchildren.
In the Maya communities of Guatemala, weaving is integral to cultural tradition. One end of the textile being created is wrapped around the artisan’s waist with a belt and the other end is attached to a higher surface. The thread is dyed using different plants, vegetables, or even bugs to achieve the desired vibrant colors. Read more about this amazing and beautiful tradition on this blog post written by our fellow in Guatemala, Kelly Diggans.
Deena graduated from the University of San Francisco with a double major in Latin American Studies and Spanish and a Psychology minor in May 2015. After a short volunteer trip to Guatemala in 2013 where she worked with children in a school setting, she began to understand her passion for human rights and social justice. After a few years of crowd-funding and starting a jewelry line to help the school in Guatemala become a more efficient learning and social environment, she began to understand that there is much to learn in the world of humanitarian aid. Her experience in Guatemala as well as her undergraduate studies led her straight to Kiva. She is eager to learn and contribute her creativity, passion and experience in marketing to this empowering organization. In her free time Deena loves reading, hiking, and exploring.