Stories from Kiva Headquarters
By Jeremy Gordon, KF11, Kenya
“People like us can’t get a loan. You have to be a member of a group with an influential person in it—we don’t know anyone like that.” - Rama
The second day I passed him on my way to work, a man on a bright... Continue Reading >>
Jonathon Stalls and his dog Kanoa will be passing through Kansas City, Missouri this weekend on their KivaWalk...Continue Reading >>
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By Elena Kuehn, KF 11, Viet nam
Viet nam is a country bursting of energy, activity and a continuous striving of the people to improve their living standards and enable their children to lead a better life. To achieve this people are willing to work incredibly hard. That makes Vietnam a great place for microfinance activities. And not only are the people ready to take on hard work, there is also a financial growth that rewards the effort. In this atmosphere of growth microfinance provides poor families in this country with the means to participate in this growth...Continue Reading >>
Yelena Shuster, K11, Azerbaijan
Greetings from Azerbaijan!
It’s been almost two weeks since my arrival. Not surprisingly, my impressions are multifarious. I enjoy the good and blast the bad, all the while trying to understand this country and its contradictions. On the one side is the growing economy, with multiple natural resources, on the other are the many people who do not get to bask in Azerbaijan’s growing wealth. While expensive stores line the streets that lead to the beautiful boardwalk along the Caspian sea, where young chick Azerbaijanis eat ice cream as...Continue Reading >>
Here are Kiva's Daily Quotes from this week. Enjoy!
Monday: "Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives." -Viktor Frankl
Tuesday: "Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity." -Buddha
Wednesday: "I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy." -... Continue Reading >>
Note: This blog post by Kiva Fellow Kati Mayfield (KF11, Chile) was reposted from the Kiva Fellows blog.
Things have settled down in Chile – somewhat. At least once a week there’s another strong “réplica”, or aftershock, from the February 27 earthquake, that gives people jelly-legs and sets off anxiety attacks. Buildings are being gutted and have their innards strewn on the sidewalks as they await...