Blog posts tagged with Stories from the Field

Jun 6, 2009
Luis is not your average bakery delivery guy, bringing cakes, pastries and breads to your local restaurants, delis and hotels. On first glance he’s just another guy zipping around Manhattan in a van, with places to go and deliveries to make. But if you have the chance to get to know him, Luis is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet.

Luis was homeless just ten years ago. He was that guy holding a sign saying “Need Work”. Without a place to stay or a way to earn a living, he was invisible, as many of the homeless are to the rest of society. That was, at least, until... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
At Devex.com we publish news and analysis on current issues, organizations, and personalities in international development, and we are happy to let you know that the recently published article “Kiva Fellows Connect Online Lenders with Borrowers” highlights your organization's work.
You can find the full text at http://www.devex.com/articles/kiva-fellows-connect-online-lenders-with-borrowers.

We would like to encourage you to link to this site and distribute it to your friends and partners.
It is the mission of Devex (...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
The next class of Kiva Fellows has finished training at Kiva headquarters and will soon be heading into the field. Congratulations to the 27 trainees that officially became Kiva Fellows last week. They enthusiastically handled five full days of powerpoint presentations, demos, and discussions.

Some highlights from training included the Kiva Social, a cable car ride through San Francisco, the Go-Game fundraiser, and watching funny welcome videos from two KF7's.

The KF8 fellows will be placed in 19 countries throughout the world. This class will be strengthening the... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
As you may have noticed, Kiva is growing! In order to keep up with the rapid change of pace, the Kiva Fellows Program has made some adjustments. 

Effective Wednesday, the Kiva Fellows Program has a new online application, which you can see here: http://www.kiva.org/about/fellowsapply/. The new format does a better job of emphasizing the traits, skills and experiences which make for successful fellowships. These include a clear motivation statement, extensive independent travel experience, language proficiency appropriate to a country in which Kiva...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
For those in the SF area, come meet Kiva's newest class of Fellows before they depart to the field next Wednesday night. Open to the extended Kiva community and the local microfinance and social entrepreneurship community. 

Drinks will be available to purchase. Street level parking is available. See here for party details.

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
Phun Them is a silk weaver in Cambodia, who is currently repaying a $400 loan to purchase silk. Recently, she was shown the the business page for her loan and the lender profiles for the lenders who contributed to her loan. Watch the video below!!



This video was created by Advanta's Kiva B4B program. The Kiva B4B program matches loans made to... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
When I visit borrowers here in Paraguay, I am continuously inspired by the women I meet. Young mothers, old mothers, grandmothers, and single mothers, all of them working tirelessly to make ends meet, send their children to school, and achieve some financial stability for their families. Sometimes, when I hear one of these women call her daughter to a meal or lament her son's disobediance, I think to myself: "My mom would say... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
In this week's blog posting "Poverty Isn't Always Pretty," Kiva Fellow Rob Cavese reflects on six months serving in Tajikistan and the Philippines. We give our wholehearted thanks to Rob for his service and sincere engagement in the challenges of microfinance in the field. Please click on the title of this post to read his posting. Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Turns out a florist shop in Uganda is much like florist shops you're used to - and may even bring you back to your high school dances!

Kiva Fellow Stephanie Koczela visited Florence Musola, a member of the Balikyewunya Group at her florist shop in Kampala, Uganda.

Check out a video of Florence and her shop below, and read Stephanie's blog about the visit here.



Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009


Kiva Fellow Stephanie Koczela is on the ground in Uganda, working with Kiva's Field Partner Pearl Microfinance.

So, what does it really take to get your $25 to an entrepreneur in rural Africa? Stephanie shows us the obstacles that are overcome in the field to get small loans to those that need them the most.

Read Stephanie's full blog post here, and check out the video to see Uganda from the back of a motorbike!



Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball has yet again brought us an amazing video sharing his experiences on the ground working with Kiva's Field Partners.

Right now Kieran is with one of Kiva's newest partners, TLM, in West Timor. TLM is an abbreviation for Tanaoba Lais Manekat, which translates to "Serve With Love".

Meet the TLM crew and learn about the only cashless loan on Kiva - the cow fattening loan - in Kieran's video below.





To learn more about Kieran's perspective on the ground with TLM, read his blog... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009

Is Braudelina Florentino the oldest entrepreneur on Kiva? She's 83 and has a home candy business! Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009
Kiva staff are just as addicted to the stories on Kiva as lenders are, and love to email around some of their favorite entrepreneur stories to the office.

Today's favorites:

Khean Tol




Leonel Sicay Raxtun:

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009
Kiva was recently featured in the UB Post, a Mongolian national independent English weekly newspaper.

It's an interesting article about Kiva's partnership with Xac Bank, and it's also cool to see Kiva in Mongolian press!

Check out the article here. Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009


Today the Kiva office received our very own Kiva Cambodia "Loaner" t-shirts made by Kiva Fellows in Phnom Penh. What a cool design!

Unfortunately it sounds like it might be a little difficult to order your own, check out Kieran Ball's blog from Cambodia with the story about the t-shirts. Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2009
Chris Baker, Kiva Fellow for Nepal during the summer of 2008, recently completed this video of a field visit he conducted. Chris was the first fellow ever to serve with Kiva Field Partner Patan Business and Professional Women (BPW).




To read more stories from the field by Kiva Fellows, please see the Kiva Fellows Blog. Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2009
By Anonymous
It is official! Our next class of Kiva Fellows are trained, graduated, and headed into the field. Congratulations to all of the trainees that became Kiva Fellows last week. Some of the highlights included the "New Lender Challenge", the KF7 Graduation Dinner, and a training session outside at Dolores Park.

Our 28 KF7's will be going to placements all over the world. Check out the map:


We are thrilled to share with you that each member of KF7 has been equipped with a Flip Video to create more Kiva videos and pilot video journaling for Kiva borrowers.

... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2009
During Kiva Fellows training, we are having a friendly competition to recruit new lenders. We have until 7am West Coast time Friday morning to recruit as many new Kiva lenders as possible. Please help us spread the word!

Please register at Kiva.org RIGHT NOW using this URL

Go to https://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=register

And write next to "referred by a friend" this email

team3@fellows.kiva.org

HURRY!!!

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2009
Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball follows up his video on the evolution of a Kiva loan with a few more insights into how the loan profile gets to Kiva lenders in the first place. Lorne Warwick, a volunteer Kiva Editor, joins him in telling the story.

Like the windshield on a motor-taxi in Phnom Penh rush hour, transparency is vital to Kiva’s survival.... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2008
It has been a over a week since the results of the US presidential election. In the spirit of Kiva connecting people across the world I put together a video with the thoughts of Kiva borrowers in Kenya on Barack Obama. Check out the video:


Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2008
Congratulations to all Kiva Fellows Trainees who have made it through the second long day of training for the KF6 Class.

For those who don't know, Kiva Fellows are volunteers who work with Kiva Field Partners for a minimum of 10 weeks (some as long as 1 year!) to contribute towards the partnership in a myriad of ways. Kiva runs training programs for Kiva Fellows four times a year, and we currently have 30 trainees for Class KF6 (obviously KF1 is the first group of Fellows we had) at Kiva HQ in San Francisco.

Guaranteed it will be a long week as there's a lot to learn,... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2008
This past week, I had the good fortune to meet with BAIK - a microfinance institution located in Bogor, Indonesia that is looking to partner with Kiva (Bogor is located about an hour South of Jakarta by train). BAIK is part of PERAMU, an umbrella organization that founded a microfinance institution (BAIK), a cooperative... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2008
Last week, 19 energetic and dedicated Kiva Fellows descended upon our headquarters to train for their placements in the field in the coming months. The trainees were selected from an impressive pool of applicants, and they joined the Kiva Team for four intense days of lots of learning and preparing to represent Kiva in the field and work with our Field Partners all over the world.


Kiva Fellows (June 08 Training) and Staff

The Fellows who...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2008
By Anonymous
Kiva Fellows from around the world work with Kiva partners to post new businesses to Kiva, post journals, and make Kiva processes as efficient as possible. Along the way, they meet many of the entrepreneurs that Kiva lenders provide funding to and witness the impact of microfinance first-hand.

This week on the Kiva Fellows blog, Kiva Fellows Isadora Tang and Dylan Higgins reflect on the impact of microfinance. Isadora is currently working as a Kiva Fellow with CREDIT, one of Kiva's longest partnerships in Cambodia (and a World Relief partner), while Dylan recently completed his... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2008

Kiva Fellow Drew Kinder, who has been working with BRAC Uganda, was recently visited in Uganda by his daughter, Molly.

Molly wrote a fascinating blog about her experience visiting her father in Uganda and seeing microfinance first-hand. Check it out! Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with Stories from the Field

Jun 6, 2009
Luis is not your average bakery delivery guy, bringing cakes, pastries and breads to your local restaurants, delis and hotels. On first glance he’s just another guy zipping around Manhattan in a van, with places to go and deliveries to make. But if you have the chance to get to know him, Luis is one of the most inspiring people you will ever meet.

Luis was homeless just ten years ago. He was that guy holding a sign saying “Need Work”. Without a place to stay or a way to earn a living, he was invisible, as many of the homeless are to the rest of society. That was, at least, until... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2009
At Devex.com we publish news and analysis on current issues, organizations, and personalities in international development, and we are happy to let you know that the recently published article “Kiva Fellows Connect Online Lenders with Borrowers” highlights your organization's work.
You can find the full text at http://www.devex.com/articles/kiva-fellows-connect-online-lenders-with-borrowers.

We would like to encourage you to link to this site and distribute it to your friends and partners.
It is the mission of Devex (...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
The next class of Kiva Fellows has finished training at Kiva headquarters and will soon be heading into the field. Congratulations to the 27 trainees that officially became Kiva Fellows last week. They enthusiastically handled five full days of powerpoint presentations, demos, and discussions.

Some highlights from training included the Kiva Social, a cable car ride through San Francisco, the Go-Game fundraiser, and watching funny welcome videos from two KF7's.

The KF8 fellows will be placed in 19 countries throughout the world. This class will be strengthening the... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
As you may have noticed, Kiva is growing! In order to keep up with the rapid change of pace, the Kiva Fellows Program has made some adjustments. 

Effective Wednesday, the Kiva Fellows Program has a new online application, which you can see here: http://www.kiva.org/about/fellowsapply/. The new format does a better job of emphasizing the traits, skills and experiences which make for successful fellowships. These include a clear motivation statement, extensive independent travel experience, language proficiency appropriate to a country in which Kiva...
Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
By Chelsa Bocci
For those in the SF area, come meet Kiva's newest class of Fellows before they depart to the field next Wednesday night. Open to the extended Kiva community and the local microfinance and social entrepreneurship community. 

Drinks will be available to purchase. Street level parking is available. See here for party details.

Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
Phun Them is a silk weaver in Cambodia, who is currently repaying a $400 loan to purchase silk. Recently, she was shown the the business page for her loan and the lender profiles for the lenders who contributed to her loan. Watch the video below!!



This video was created by Advanta's Kiva B4B program. The Kiva B4B program matches loans made to... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2009
When I visit borrowers here in Paraguay, I am continuously inspired by the women I meet. Young mothers, old mothers, grandmothers, and single mothers, all of them working tirelessly to make ends meet, send their children to school, and achieve some financial stability for their families. Sometimes, when I hear one of these women call her daughter to a meal or lament her son's disobediance, I think to myself: "My mom would say... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
In this week's blog posting "Poverty Isn't Always Pretty," Kiva Fellow Rob Cavese reflects on six months serving in Tajikistan and the Philippines. We give our wholehearted thanks to Rob for his service and sincere engagement in the challenges of microfinance in the field. Please click on the title of this post to read his posting. Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Turns out a florist shop in Uganda is much like florist shops you're used to - and may even bring you back to your high school dances!

Kiva Fellow Stephanie Koczela visited Florence Musola, a member of the Balikyewunya Group at her florist shop in Kampala, Uganda.

Check out a video of Florence and her shop below, and read Stephanie's blog about the visit here.



Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009


Kiva Fellow Stephanie Koczela is on the ground in Uganda, working with Kiva's Field Partner Pearl Microfinance.

So, what does it really take to get your $25 to an entrepreneur in rural Africa? Stephanie shows us the obstacles that are overcome in the field to get small loans to those that need them the most.

Read Stephanie's full blog post here, and check out the video to see Uganda from the back of a motorbike!



Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2009
Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball has yet again brought us an amazing video sharing his experiences on the ground working with Kiva's Field Partners.

Right now Kieran is with one of Kiva's newest partners, TLM, in West Timor. TLM is an abbreviation for Tanaoba Lais Manekat, which translates to "Serve With Love".

Meet the TLM crew and learn about the only cashless loan on Kiva - the cow fattening loan - in Kieran's video below.





To learn more about Kieran's perspective on the ground with TLM, read his blog... Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009

Is Braudelina Florentino the oldest entrepreneur on Kiva? She's 83 and has a home candy business! Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009
Kiva staff are just as addicted to the stories on Kiva as lenders are, and love to email around some of their favorite entrepreneur stories to the office.

Today's favorites:

Khean Tol




Leonel Sicay Raxtun:

Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009
By Fiona Ramsey
Kiva was recently featured in the UB Post, a Mongolian national independent English weekly newspaper.

It's an interesting article about Kiva's partnership with Xac Bank, and it's also cool to see Kiva in Mongolian press!

Check out the article here. Continue Reading >>
Mar 3, 2009


Today the Kiva office received our very own Kiva Cambodia "Loaner" t-shirts made by Kiva Fellows in Phnom Penh. What a cool design!

Unfortunately it sounds like it might be a little difficult to order your own, check out Kieran Ball's blog from Cambodia with the story about the t-shirts. Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2009
Chris Baker, Kiva Fellow for Nepal during the summer of 2008, recently completed this video of a field visit he conducted. Chris was the first fellow ever to serve with Kiva Field Partner Patan Business and Professional Women (BPW).




To read more stories from the field by Kiva Fellows, please see the Kiva Fellows Blog. Continue Reading >>
Feb 2, 2009
By Anonymous
It is official! Our next class of Kiva Fellows are trained, graduated, and headed into the field. Congratulations to all of the trainees that became Kiva Fellows last week. Some of the highlights included the "New Lender Challenge", the KF7 Graduation Dinner, and a training session outside at Dolores Park.

Our 28 KF7's will be going to placements all over the world. Check out the map:


We are thrilled to share with you that each member of KF7 has been equipped with a Flip Video to create more Kiva videos and pilot video journaling for Kiva borrowers.

... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2009
During Kiva Fellows training, we are having a friendly competition to recruit new lenders. We have until 7am West Coast time Friday morning to recruit as many new Kiva lenders as possible. Please help us spread the word!

Please register at Kiva.org RIGHT NOW using this URL

Go to https://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=register

And write next to "referred by a friend" this email

team3@fellows.kiva.org

HURRY!!!

Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2009
Kiva Fellow Kieran Ball follows up his video on the evolution of a Kiva loan with a few more insights into how the loan profile gets to Kiva lenders in the first place. Lorne Warwick, a volunteer Kiva Editor, joins him in telling the story.

Like the windshield on a motor-taxi in Phnom Penh rush hour, transparency is vital to Kiva’s survival.... Continue Reading >>
Nov 11, 2008
It has been a over a week since the results of the US presidential election. In the spirit of Kiva connecting people across the world I put together a video with the thoughts of Kiva borrowers in Kenya on Barack Obama. Check out the video:


Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2008
Congratulations to all Kiva Fellows Trainees who have made it through the second long day of training for the KF6 Class.

For those who don't know, Kiva Fellows are volunteers who work with Kiva Field Partners for a minimum of 10 weeks (some as long as 1 year!) to contribute towards the partnership in a myriad of ways. Kiva runs training programs for Kiva Fellows four times a year, and we currently have 30 trainees for Class KF6 (obviously KF1 is the first group of Fellows we had) at Kiva HQ in San Francisco.

Guaranteed it will be a long week as there's a lot to learn,... Continue Reading >>
Sep 9, 2008
This past week, I had the good fortune to meet with BAIK - a microfinance institution located in Bogor, Indonesia that is looking to partner with Kiva (Bogor is located about an hour South of Jakarta by train). BAIK is part of PERAMU, an umbrella organization that founded a microfinance institution (BAIK), a cooperative... Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2008
Last week, 19 energetic and dedicated Kiva Fellows descended upon our headquarters to train for their placements in the field in the coming months. The trainees were selected from an impressive pool of applicants, and they joined the Kiva Team for four intense days of lots of learning and preparing to represent Kiva in the field and work with our Field Partners all over the world.


Kiva Fellows (June 08 Training) and Staff

The Fellows who...

Continue Reading >>
Jun 6, 2008
By Anonymous
Kiva Fellows from around the world work with Kiva partners to post new businesses to Kiva, post journals, and make Kiva processes as efficient as possible. Along the way, they meet many of the entrepreneurs that Kiva lenders provide funding to and witness the impact of microfinance first-hand.

This week on the Kiva Fellows blog, Kiva Fellows Isadora Tang and Dylan Higgins reflect on the impact of microfinance. Isadora is currently working as a Kiva Fellow with CREDIT, one of Kiva's longest partnerships in Cambodia (and a World Relief partner), while Dylan recently completed his... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2008
By Fiona Ramsey

Kiva Fellow Drew Kinder, who has been working with BRAC Uganda, was recently visited in Uganda by his daughter, Molly.

Molly wrote a fascinating blog about her experience visiting her father in Uganda and seeing microfinance first-hand. Check it out! Continue Reading >>

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