Blog posts tagged with Stories from the Field

Dec 12, 2010
This month, the Passport Series will highlight Mongolia. Stay tuned for a look into the Microfinance sector and a lender profile!

For almost two years, Kiva has been working with field partners in Mongolia! This month we will be highlighting our partners and clients in the country through the Passport Series. Mongolia is a country in Northern Asia surrounded by Russia and China. It is slightly smaller than Alaska and has a population around 3 million.

Mongolians are traditionally nomadic families who live in "gers" (circular... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2010
Coming soon to Kiva's Lend tab: loans to purchase solar lanterns in the Philippines!

In celebration of Earth Day, Kiva is happy to announce that field partner "Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) is in the process of rolling out a pilot program to distribute solar lanterns to its clients. It costs about $70 USD and the loan cycle is either one or two years. How do solar lanterns serve the triple bottom line? I’m glad you asked."

Click here to read more of Kiva Fellow Josh Weinstein's blog post "Solar...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2010
By Dave McMurtry
Kiva Fellows 9th Class
Monrovia, Liberia


My first thought upon arrival in Monrovia, Liberia, in August 2009 for my Kiva Fellowship was, “Wow, such colors and amazing stories! I should make a movie for those who aren’t as lucky as I am to have this experience.”

So what you have here is just that: an attempt to bring everyone along with me on my amazing 3-month journey to understand, at the most basic-level, exactly how microfinance works and the social impact it has on both borrowers’ and lenders’... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010
Christina Tierney is Kiva's Human Resources Manager. She's been with the organization since 2007 and recently had the opportunity to visit one of Kiva's Field Partners in Colombia, Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo. We've asked Christina to share her experiences with us here.

Where did you go, for how long and why?

I chose to travel to Colombia because I was curious how a country that was just emerging from years of chaos and oppression could benefit from microfinance. I stayed in Colombia for 2 weeks – one week for work and then one week...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010
By Kevin Chaissan
Kiva Fellows 10th Class
Juhudi Kilimo, Kenya


Juhudi Kilimo CFO: "Kevin, when you’re out in Litein, make sure you ear-tag at least one cow for our Micro Insurance program.

Me: "Ummm yea, I may pass on that one, but I’ll think about it."



Microfinance… To most people this word is synonymous with providing small loans to very low-income entrepreneurs... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010

By Beth Ritchey, Kiva Fellows 10th Class, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Yes, it might be the dead of winter in Mongolia, with temperatures hovering around -30 degrees Fahrenheit, but the loan products here have been turning green. Thanks to the hard work of the Eco Products Team at XacBank in Mongolia, Kiva lenders saw an introduction of 3 new types of personal consumption ‘green loans’ in December 2009:
  • Energy Efficient Stoves
  • Ger (yurt) covers
  • Energy efficient fuel

Currently around... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010
We have received the following update from Consuelo Herreros, Social Responsibility Manager at Kiva Field Partner Fondo Esperanza, following the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27th:

“Of our 25 national offices, 60% (15 offices) are operating under completely normal conditions. Of the rest, 5 offices are operating in a state of emergency, since they lack electricity and basic services, and the remaining 5 offices (20%) are not operating because they are located in the area of the catastrophe (Regions VII and VIII).

In regards to the Fondo Esperanza... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
As many of you have probably heard, a 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile on Saturday morning. The southern part of the country was the area hardest hit by the quake, particularly Concepcion, the country's second largest city.

Kiva currently has one field partner in Chile, Fondo Esperanza. We have not yet been able to contact the staff at Fondo Esperanza. Many of the telecommunication systems in Chile appear to be struggling, so it has been difficult to obtain information. We do know that in the Maule region, near the epicenter of the earthquake, Fondo Esperanza has many... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
A number of concerned Kiva lenders have written in following last week's news of torrential rains and flooding in the Cusco region of Peru, where Kiva field partner Asociación Arariwa is based. The region is currently experiencing the heaviest rainfall it has seen in the past 15 years. While most of the international news coverage has focused on tourists stranded near the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, the effect on the local populations has been far more devastating.

Most houses in Cusco are built of clay and straw adobe bricks; many of these homes were destroyed or severely... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009

On September 29, 2009, an 8.3-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that claimed 184 lives in the Pacific Islands of Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga. It was the deadliest disaster in the history of Samoa – a country with a population of 188,000 – and a date that Samoans say “will live in the heart of Samoa forever.” Many of you have emailed Kiva, concerned about the particular person you have lent to. Please know it was very touching for those here in Samoa. It has been heartwarming and comforting to see so much support.

As a Kiva Fellow with...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
It has been a devastating week for the Philippines. After Typhoon Ondoy (Tropical Storm Ketsana) caused devastating floods earlier this week, the area is now being threatened by Typhoon Parma.

Kiva is sharing messages from our Field Partners in the affected areas as we receive them. Today we received a message from Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), who have many clients affected by the floods. At this stage we do not have details on the number of Kiva clients affected (all Kiva Field Partners work with clients funded by Kiva as well as clients funded by other sources.)
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
Just last week Agnes Chu was at the Kiva HQ office in San Francisco, training to become a Kiva Fellow. After graduating from the training program, she prepared to begin her fellowship in Samoa, working with Kiva Fellow South Pacific Business Development (SPBD). The day before she flew to Samoa, a tsunami devastated the area she was flying to.

Yesterday we received an update from SPBD on the situation they are experiencing. Today Agnes posted the first blog of her fellowship, to Kiva Stories from the Field, sharing the unexpected experience of her first days in Samoa:
... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2009
What's it really like to have a small candle-making or weaving workshop in Guatemala? Now you can get a closer look...

Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll are two world travelers documenting their journey through The Americas on their website Uncornered Market. On the way they have been volunteering with Kiva's media program, meeting with and capturing images of Kiva Entrepreneurs to help tell their stories.

Earlier this year Audrey and Daniel visited Juan and Magda, two microloan recipients in Guatemala, who allowed them to tour their workspaces for their weaving and candle-... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2009
To many in the world, Nepal is a distant and enchanting place. A small nation of 28 million people, it is surrounded by two giants with China to the north and India to the south. Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest, known locally as Sagarmāthā, which have been attracting travellers and explorers for hundreds of years.

The Nepalese people mostly practise a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism and the countryside and sky high mountains are dotted with the colourful Tibetan prayer flags that float freely in the cool Himalayan breeze (such as... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
By Anonymous
Traveling with a microfinance institution in rural Tanzania, I once spent 45 minutes in an SUV getting to their "closest" rural client. Rural Africa can get pretty sparsely populated making it difficult for loan officers to access clients or for clients to access an MFI office without incurring significant costs. Higher costs make it harder for microfinance institutions to serve the rural poor or drive up interest rates to keep institutions sustainable.

What if clients could make payments on loans through their phones? That's what two Kiva partners, Tujijenge in Tanzania and the... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Dear Kiva Lenders --

PDS Extraordinaire Rico Munoz recently put together this map that shows all of Kiva's partners in the Philippines and where Kiva loans are having an effect. As you can see, your generous support is helping microentrepreneurs all across this wonderful country. So once again, on behalf of our Filipino partners, Rico... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009

Kiva Fellow Sarah Forbes recently facilitated a shoot in Tanzaniza for a BBC documentary series that includes Kiva. The shoot involved interviews with Kiva Entrepreneurs at Tujijenge. She wrote about her experience:

You can never quite be sure what requests you might receive as a Kiva Fellow, and the call I received from Kiva's Public Relations Director, Fiona Ramsey, was one of theose unexpected requests. She let me know that the BBC was putting together a television series on social enterprise...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Dear Lenders --

With the signing of Kiva's 8th partner in the Philippines, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for making our expansion into the country possible. In the past 9 months since the first Filipino loan was posted to Kiva, you all have lent over $1 million USD to support Filipino microentrepreneurs. It is because of your support that Kiva has been able to expand so quickly in the country to support the working poor. On behalf of our Filipino partners... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009


"Business success is often a mystery. Very often, luck is a big part of it. Often it's skill. Sometimes it's just plain sweat and perseverance. Micro-entrepreneurs are no different, and while we can sometimes guess at why one entrepreneur can be so successful as to expand their business and hire employees whereas others do not, often, it's simply a mystery.

When I first met Adora Fajiculay I'd I'd invited myself into her workspace after seeing the most fantastic gown on display there. I learned she made the dress from pandan... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009

“I want the Kiva lenders to know that I only borrow what I need, not what I can.”

These words really took me by surprise, when I visited Kiva Enterpreneur Borya Enhbat a few weeks ago. Of all the messages he could have asked me to pass on to Kiva Lenders, this was most important to him.

At first I wondered if this comment came from his feeling apologetic to Kiva Lenders for needing to borrow their money, and wanting to make sure that they knew it was an act of necessity, not luxury.

But as I got to know him better, I realized that this wasn’t about his... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Have you ever wondered who is out there in the field, taking Kiva videos like this:




In many cases, it's a Kiva Fellow.

Kiva Fellows are a crucial part of making Kiva work, working with Kiva's Field Partners on the ground, and meeting with Kiva Entrepreneurs.

We are now accepting applications for the... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Cissy DeLuca was an intern at the Kiva office in San Francisco for 5 months before beginning her Kiva Felllowship with TLM in Indonesia.

During her time in the Kiva office she caught some candid moments in the Kiva office on her video camera, and has put together this fairly hilarious video of some of the staff and volunteers at Kiva:



We thought it was a pretty funny look at ourselves, and a great visualization of Cissy's move from San Francisco to Indonesia to start her Fellowship. Read Cissy's full blogpost here. Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
Thursday, Kiva quietly launched in Liberia, and Kiva Lenders noticed - within an hour all loans were fully funded, despite the dozens of other loans on the website!

Kiva’s first partner in Liberia is called Liberian Enterprise Assistance Program, or LEAP. The logo demonstrates that this acronym is not a lucky mistake, but an intentional choice to demonstrate that with a micro-loan from LEAP – you can leap into a better life!

Liberia is freshly recovering from two major wars that finally came to an end in 2003. The wars created serious problems with the infrastructure... Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with Stories from the Field

Dec 12, 2010
This month, the Passport Series will highlight Mongolia. Stay tuned for a look into the Microfinance sector and a lender profile!

For almost two years, Kiva has been working with field partners in Mongolia! This month we will be highlighting our partners and clients in the country through the Passport Series. Mongolia is a country in Northern Asia surrounded by Russia and China. It is slightly smaller than Alaska and has a population around 3 million.

Mongolians are traditionally nomadic families who live in "gers" (circular... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2010
Coming soon to Kiva's Lend tab: loans to purchase solar lanterns in the Philippines!

In celebration of Earth Day, Kiva is happy to announce that field partner "Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) is in the process of rolling out a pilot program to distribute solar lanterns to its clients. It costs about $70 USD and the loan cycle is either one or two years. How do solar lanterns serve the triple bottom line? I’m glad you asked."

Click here to read more of Kiva Fellow Josh Weinstein's blog post "Solar...
Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2010
By Meg Gray

Kiva Fellows 10th Class
...

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Apr 4, 2010
By Dave McMurtry
Kiva Fellows 9th Class
Monrovia, Liberia


My first thought upon arrival in Monrovia, Liberia, in August 2009 for my Kiva Fellowship was, “Wow, such colors and amazing stories! I should make a movie for those who aren’t as lucky as I am to have this experience.”

So what you have here is just that: an attempt to bring everyone along with me on my amazing 3-month journey to understand, at the most basic-level, exactly how microfinance works and the social impact it has on both borrowers’ and lenders’... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010
Christina Tierney is Kiva's Human Resources Manager. She's been with the organization since 2007 and recently had the opportunity to visit one of Kiva's Field Partners in Colombia, Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo. We've asked Christina to share her experiences with us here.

Where did you go, for how long and why?

I chose to travel to Colombia because I was curious how a country that was just emerging from years of chaos and oppression could benefit from microfinance. I stayed in Colombia for 2 weeks – one week for work and then one week...
Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010
By Kevin Chaissan
Kiva Fellows 10th Class
Juhudi Kilimo, Kenya


Juhudi Kilimo CFO: "Kevin, when you’re out in Litein, make sure you ear-tag at least one cow for our Micro Insurance program.

Me: "Ummm yea, I may pass on that one, but I’ll think about it."



Microfinance… To most people this word is synonymous with providing small loans to very low-income entrepreneurs... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010

By Beth Ritchey, Kiva Fellows 10th Class, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Yes, it might be the dead of winter in Mongolia, with temperatures hovering around -30 degrees Fahrenheit, but the loan products here have been turning green. Thanks to the hard work of the Eco Products Team at XacBank in Mongolia, Kiva lenders saw an introduction of 3 new types of personal consumption ‘green loans’ in December 2009:
  • Energy Efficient Stoves
  • Ger (yurt) covers
  • Energy efficient fuel

Currently around... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2010
We have received the following update from Consuelo Herreros, Social Responsibility Manager at Kiva Field Partner Fondo Esperanza, following the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27th:

“Of our 25 national offices, 60% (15 offices) are operating under completely normal conditions. Of the rest, 5 offices are operating in a state of emergency, since they lack electricity and basic services, and the remaining 5 offices (20%) are not operating because they are located in the area of the catastrophe (Regions VII and VIII).

In regards to the Fondo Esperanza... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
As many of you have probably heard, a 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile on Saturday morning. The southern part of the country was the area hardest hit by the quake, particularly Concepcion, the country's second largest city.

Kiva currently has one field partner in Chile, Fondo Esperanza. We have not yet been able to contact the staff at Fondo Esperanza. Many of the telecommunication systems in Chile appear to be struggling, so it has been difficult to obtain information. We do know that in the Maule region, near the epicenter of the earthquake, Fondo Esperanza has many... Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2010
A number of concerned Kiva lenders have written in following last week's news of torrential rains and flooding in the Cusco region of Peru, where Kiva field partner Asociación Arariwa is based. The region is currently experiencing the heaviest rainfall it has seen in the past 15 years. While most of the international news coverage has focused on tourists stranded near the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, the effect on the local populations has been far more devastating.

Most houses in Cusco are built of clay and straw adobe bricks; many of these homes were destroyed or severely... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009

On September 29, 2009, an 8.3-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that claimed 184 lives in the Pacific Islands of Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga. It was the deadliest disaster in the history of Samoa – a country with a population of 188,000 – and a date that Samoans say “will live in the heart of Samoa forever.” Many of you have emailed Kiva, concerned about the particular person you have lent to. Please know it was very touching for those here in Samoa. It has been heartwarming and comforting to see so much support.

As a Kiva Fellow with...
Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
It has been a devastating week for the Philippines. After Typhoon Ondoy (Tropical Storm Ketsana) caused devastating floods earlier this week, the area is now being threatened by Typhoon Parma.

Kiva is sharing messages from our Field Partners in the affected areas as we receive them. Today we received a message from Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (ASKI), who have many clients affected by the floods. At this stage we do not have details on the number of Kiva clients affected (all Kiva Field Partners work with clients funded by Kiva as well as clients funded by other sources.)
... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2009
Just last week Agnes Chu was at the Kiva HQ office in San Francisco, training to become a Kiva Fellow. After graduating from the training program, she prepared to begin her fellowship in Samoa, working with Kiva Fellow South Pacific Business Development (SPBD). The day before she flew to Samoa, a tsunami devastated the area she was flying to.

Yesterday we received an update from SPBD on the situation they are experiencing. Today Agnes posted the first blog of her fellowship, to Kiva Stories from the Field, sharing the unexpected experience of her first days in Samoa:
... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2009
What's it really like to have a small candle-making or weaving workshop in Guatemala? Now you can get a closer look...

Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll are two world travelers documenting their journey through The Americas on their website Uncornered Market. On the way they have been volunteering with Kiva's media program, meeting with and capturing images of Kiva Entrepreneurs to help tell their stories.

Earlier this year Audrey and Daniel visited Juan and Magda, two microloan recipients in Guatemala, who allowed them to tour their workspaces for their weaving and candle-... Continue Reading >>
Aug 8, 2009
By Fiona Ramsey
To many in the world, Nepal is a distant and enchanting place. A small nation of 28 million people, it is surrounded by two giants with China to the north and India to the south. Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest, known locally as Sagarmāthā, which have been attracting travellers and explorers for hundreds of years.

The Nepalese people mostly practise a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism and the countryside and sky high mountains are dotted with the colourful Tibetan prayer flags that float freely in the cool Himalayan breeze (such as... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
By Anonymous
Traveling with a microfinance institution in rural Tanzania, I once spent 45 minutes in an SUV getting to their "closest" rural client. Rural Africa can get pretty sparsely populated making it difficult for loan officers to access clients or for clients to access an MFI office without incurring significant costs. Higher costs make it harder for microfinance institutions to serve the rural poor or drive up interest rates to keep institutions sustainable.

What if clients could make payments on loans through their phones? That's what two Kiva partners, Tujijenge in Tanzania and the... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Dear Kiva Lenders --

PDS Extraordinaire Rico Munoz recently put together this map that shows all of Kiva's partners in the Philippines and where Kiva loans are having an effect. As you can see, your generous support is helping microentrepreneurs all across this wonderful country. So once again, on behalf of our Filipino partners, Rico... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009

Kiva Fellow Sarah Forbes recently facilitated a shoot in Tanzaniza for a BBC documentary series that includes Kiva. The shoot involved interviews with Kiva Entrepreneurs at Tujijenge. She wrote about her experience:

You can never quite be sure what requests you might receive as a Kiva Fellow, and the call I received from Kiva's Public Relations Director, Fiona Ramsey, was one of theose unexpected requests. She let me know that the BBC was putting together a television series on social enterprise...

Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Dear Lenders --

With the signing of Kiva's 8th partner in the Philippines, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for making our expansion into the country possible. In the past 9 months since the first Filipino loan was posted to Kiva, you all have lent over $1 million USD to support Filipino microentrepreneurs. It is because of your support that Kiva has been able to expand so quickly in the country to support the working poor. On behalf of our Filipino partners... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
By Fiona Ramsey


"Business success is often a mystery. Very often, luck is a big part of it. Often it's skill. Sometimes it's just plain sweat and perseverance. Micro-entrepreneurs are no different, and while we can sometimes guess at why one entrepreneur can be so successful as to expand their business and hire employees whereas others do not, often, it's simply a mystery.

When I first met Adora Fajiculay I'd I'd invited myself into her workspace after seeing the most fantastic gown on display there. I learned she made the dress from pandan... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009

“I want the Kiva lenders to know that I only borrow what I need, not what I can.”

These words really took me by surprise, when I visited Kiva Enterpreneur Borya Enhbat a few weeks ago. Of all the messages he could have asked me to pass on to Kiva Lenders, this was most important to him.

At first I wondered if this comment came from his feeling apologetic to Kiva Lenders for needing to borrow their money, and wanting to make sure that they knew it was an act of necessity, not luxury.

But as I got to know him better, I realized that this wasn’t about his... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
By JD Bergeron
Have you ever wondered who is out there in the field, taking Kiva videos like this:




In many cases, it's a Kiva Fellow.

Kiva Fellows are a crucial part of making Kiva work, working with Kiva's Field Partners on the ground, and meeting with Kiva Entrepreneurs.

We are now accepting applications for the... Continue Reading >>
Jul 7, 2009
Cissy DeLuca was an intern at the Kiva office in San Francisco for 5 months before beginning her Kiva Felllowship with TLM in Indonesia.

During her time in the Kiva office she caught some candid moments in the Kiva office on her video camera, and has put together this fairly hilarious video of some of the staff and volunteers at Kiva:



We thought it was a pretty funny look at ourselves, and a great visualization of Cissy's move from San Francisco to Indonesia to start her Fellowship. Read Cissy's full blogpost here. Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
Thursday, Kiva quietly launched in Liberia, and Kiva Lenders noticed - within an hour all loans were fully funded, despite the dozens of other loans on the website!

Kiva’s first partner in Liberia is called Liberian Enterprise Assistance Program, or LEAP. The logo demonstrates that this acronym is not a lucky mistake, but an intentional choice to demonstrate that with a micro-loan from LEAP – you can leap into a better life!

Liberia is freshly recovering from two major wars that finally came to an end in 2003. The wars created serious problems with the infrastructure... Continue Reading >>

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