Blog posts tagged with Stories from the Field

Apr 4, 2008
Last week, Matt and Premal visited Philadelphia, PA to share some magical moments in Kiva’s history. Upon arrival, the three of us had a warm visit with executives at Advanta headquarters in anticipation for the ‘big night’. Hours later, we arrived at the official KivaB4B Launch Party in Center City hosted by Advanta. The celebration included international / world-class entertainment from a classical BharataNatyam... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2008
Reuters recently picked up a story published by IRIN, titled "UGANDA: More Kenyan displaced arriving at refugee centres."
A man by the name of Danson Ng'ang'a was interviewed in the story. A past Kiva Fellow noticed the interview in the article, and suspected the man interviewed was a Kiva borrower he met in Kenya. Kiva has contacted the journalist, who confirmed that the identity of the man is indeed Kiva borrower Danson Ng'ang'a, a dairy farmer operating out of Malaba - Teso District, Kenya.

We are glad to have been able to pass on information to Kiva Field Partner PEMCI... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2007
By Anonymous
About 2.5 months ago, Chelsa and I traveled to Tanzania to visit one of Kiva's current partners, YOSEFO (Youth Self Employment Foundation), learn more about the local microfinance sector, and explore new partnerships with microfinance institutions working to alleviate poverty. One of our first stops was the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) where we met with FSDT's charismatic director, Ian Robinson, and FSDT technical manager Sosthenes Kewe. FSDT is a collective undertaking of the Canadian, Danish,... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
Dear Kiva Lenders:

Just one year ago the Kiva staff (there were fewer of us then!) were gathered in our one-room office in an old warehouse-turned-office-space in the Mission District of San Francisco. Some of us were in Halloween costumes, all of us were excited for a big day in Kiva history.

One year ago today Frontline/WORLD first aired the program "Uganda: A Little Goes A Long Way" on PBS. The first airing was at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific, and we all stood around our engineers who watched for our traffic numbers to increase. Our total loan portfolio at that time... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
By Anonymous
Guatemala
Las zonas urbanos y rurales


Hi all!

Today was one of those incredible days that I feel so completely grateful to be working with Kiva. Here a few of my experiences...

Un dia con FAPE...

I awake with a jump to the alarm clock ringing in my ear. 5:30 am in Guatemala City and its time to start the day. I throw on my running shoes and hit the streets for my morning exercise. If I don't do it now, it simply doesn't get done. I weave through the... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
Saludos desde Guatemala!

I'm now arrived in Guatemala City, and thought I'd give a little update on the final days in Nicaragua to those who have been following the adventures. Given the positive feedback on the photo documentary format, I'm going to stick with that for now..... Heres a little snapshot of the past week....




Pictured here is a Prisma borrower in Managua who prints t-shirts to supplement his primary income streams. His workshop is completely facinating~ a 2 story establishment complete with a graphic design studio, a hamburger shop (in... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
Hi All!

Michelle from the Latin America team again.

As I'm with poor connectivity, and have had little time to write, I figured I'd upload a few pictures while I get it together to put some of my experiences into words. I hope you enjoy them!



Me with the staff of our newest partner in Nicaragua, CEPRODEL. These are the field staff that came into Managua from across the country to be trained on how to use the Kiva website, and they will begin to upload client profiles to the site over the next few weeks. Thats me on the far left, middle row!... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
By Anonymous
Greetings All!

Michelle Kreger from the Kiva Partnerships Team here. I'm writing from Central America, where I've spent the past week at the Inter-American Development Bank Conference on Microenterprise in San Salvador. I'll be blogging on and off for the next few weeks as I travel through Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador for Kiva. Here we go....

San Salvador, El Salvador

Watching the sun set outside the right side of the plane I prepare myself once again for a few weeks in... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2007
Congratulations to the first Kiva Lenders to loan to Iraq!

The first nine loans to Iraqi entrepreneurs have been posted to Kiva.org, and were all funded within hours! The Kiva Field Partner in Iraq has told us how excited they were to see the loans funded so quickly, and how encouraging it is for them to see the public showing such support for these small business owners.

The Iraqi loans are the first on the Kiva.org website for which the identity of each borrower cannot be revealed. As the security situation in the location of these borrowers is extremely volatile,... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2007
We are incredibly saddened to receive news of the passing of Jedidah Waigwa (pictured above with Matt Flannery, September 2006) on Saturday, April 28th. Jedidah passed away after having a heart attack.

As Executive Director of Women's Economic Empowerment Consort (WEEC), Jedidah was instrumental to establishing Kiva.org's partnership with WEEC - our first Kenyan Field Partner - in early 2006. Her professionalism, commitment and strong social mission were an asset to both WEEC and Kiva.org.

Our thoughts are with Jedidah's family during this time, and the many people she... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2007
The power of Kiva.org is in facilitating communication between the developing world and the developed world. Pictures, words, data in the form of loan repayments, they all tell us something about the lives of people who can live very far from us geographically, but are similar to us in so many ways.

Greg Kelly, is a staff member for REDC (Regional Economic Development Center) in Sliven, Bulgaria. Greg recently shared some of his experiences as a loan officer for a Kiva Partner:
"As I was completing the paperwork for our partnership with Kiva, a tall, dark-skinned young man... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2007
Current TV is now airing a short pod about Kiva.org starring Angel Asenov, one of the first entrepreneurs to receive a loan through Kiva.org.
The pod features footage of Angel in his bicycle repair shop in Sliven, Bulgaria as he shows us the business he started from scratch with a Kiva Loan. Greg Kelly,... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2006
Matt and Jessica have returned from their travels to Africa with Frontline World - complete with bead necklace and t-shirt gifts for the office! We'll be sure the coffee pot is full over the next few days to help Matt with his jetlag... but in the meantime here are some of the beautiful pics they brought back with them -


Matt and Jessica visited with Janet Alupot, Executive Director of Women's Initiative to Eradicate Poverty in Uganda. They were able to observe Janet's daily activities working with her clients as she accepted loan applications, disbursed loan...

Continue Reading >>

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Blog posts tagged with Stories from the Field

Apr 4, 2008
Last week, Matt and Premal visited Philadelphia, PA to share some magical moments in Kiva’s history. Upon arrival, the three of us had a warm visit with executives at Advanta headquarters in anticipation for the ‘big night’. Hours later, we arrived at the official KivaB4B Launch Party in Center City hosted by Advanta. The celebration included international / world-class entertainment from a classical BharataNatyam... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2008
Reuters recently picked up a story published by IRIN, titled "UGANDA: More Kenyan displaced arriving at refugee centres."
A man by the name of Danson Ng'ang'a was interviewed in the story. A past Kiva Fellow noticed the interview in the article, and suspected the man interviewed was a Kiva borrower he met in Kenya. Kiva has contacted the journalist, who confirmed that the identity of the man is indeed Kiva borrower Danson Ng'ang'a, a dairy farmer operating out of Malaba - Teso District, Kenya.

We are glad to have been able to pass on information to Kiva Field Partner PEMCI... Continue Reading >>
Dec 12, 2007
By Anonymous
About 2.5 months ago, Chelsa and I traveled to Tanzania to visit one of Kiva's current partners, YOSEFO (Youth Self Employment Foundation), learn more about the local microfinance sector, and explore new partnerships with microfinance institutions working to alleviate poverty. One of our first stops was the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) where we met with FSDT's charismatic director, Ian Robinson, and FSDT technical manager Sosthenes Kewe. FSDT is a collective undertaking of the Canadian, Danish,... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
By Fiona Ramsey
Dear Kiva Lenders:

Just one year ago the Kiva staff (there were fewer of us then!) were gathered in our one-room office in an old warehouse-turned-office-space in the Mission District of San Francisco. Some of us were in Halloween costumes, all of us were excited for a big day in Kiva history.

One year ago today Frontline/WORLD first aired the program "Uganda: A Little Goes A Long Way" on PBS. The first airing was at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific, and we all stood around our engineers who watched for our traffic numbers to increase. Our total loan portfolio at that time... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
By Anonymous
Guatemala
Las zonas urbanos y rurales


Hi all!

Today was one of those incredible days that I feel so completely grateful to be working with Kiva. Here a few of my experiences...

Un dia con FAPE...

I awake with a jump to the alarm clock ringing in my ear. 5:30 am in Guatemala City and its time to start the day. I throw on my running shoes and hit the streets for my morning exercise. If I don't do it now, it simply doesn't get done. I weave through the... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
Saludos desde Guatemala!

I'm now arrived in Guatemala City, and thought I'd give a little update on the final days in Nicaragua to those who have been following the adventures. Given the positive feedback on the photo documentary format, I'm going to stick with that for now..... Heres a little snapshot of the past week....




Pictured here is a Prisma borrower in Managua who prints t-shirts to supplement his primary income streams. His workshop is completely facinating~ a 2 story establishment complete with a graphic design studio, a hamburger shop (in... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
Hi All!

Michelle from the Latin America team again.

As I'm with poor connectivity, and have had little time to write, I figured I'd upload a few pictures while I get it together to put some of my experiences into words. I hope you enjoy them!



Me with the staff of our newest partner in Nicaragua, CEPRODEL. These are the field staff that came into Managua from across the country to be trained on how to use the Kiva website, and they will begin to upload client profiles to the site over the next few weeks. Thats me on the far left, middle row!... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2007
By Anonymous
Greetings All!

Michelle Kreger from the Kiva Partnerships Team here. I'm writing from Central America, where I've spent the past week at the Inter-American Development Bank Conference on Microenterprise in San Salvador. I'll be blogging on and off for the next few weeks as I travel through Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador for Kiva. Here we go....

San Salvador, El Salvador

Watching the sun set outside the right side of the plane I prepare myself once again for a few weeks in... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2007
Congratulations to the first Kiva Lenders to loan to Iraq!

The first nine loans to Iraqi entrepreneurs have been posted to Kiva.org, and were all funded within hours! The Kiva Field Partner in Iraq has told us how excited they were to see the loans funded so quickly, and how encouraging it is for them to see the public showing such support for these small business owners.

The Iraqi loans are the first on the Kiva.org website for which the identity of each borrower cannot be revealed. As the security situation in the location of these borrowers is extremely volatile,... Continue Reading >>
May 5, 2007
We are incredibly saddened to receive news of the passing of Jedidah Waigwa (pictured above with Matt Flannery, September 2006) on Saturday, April 28th. Jedidah passed away after having a heart attack.

As Executive Director of Women's Economic Empowerment Consort (WEEC), Jedidah was instrumental to establishing Kiva.org's partnership with WEEC - our first Kenyan Field Partner - in early 2006. Her professionalism, commitment and strong social mission were an asset to both WEEC and Kiva.org.

Our thoughts are with Jedidah's family during this time, and the many people she... Continue Reading >>
Apr 4, 2007
The power of Kiva.org is in facilitating communication between the developing world and the developed world. Pictures, words, data in the form of loan repayments, they all tell us something about the lives of people who can live very far from us geographically, but are similar to us in so many ways.

Greg Kelly, is a staff member for REDC (Regional Economic Development Center) in Sliven, Bulgaria. Greg recently shared some of his experiences as a loan officer for a Kiva Partner:
"As I was completing the paperwork for our partnership with Kiva, a tall, dark-skinned young man... Continue Reading >>
Jan 1, 2007
Current TV is now airing a short pod about Kiva.org starring Angel Asenov, one of the first entrepreneurs to receive a loan through Kiva.org.
The pod features footage of Angel in his bicycle repair shop in Sliven, Bulgaria as he shows us the business he started from scratch with a Kiva Loan. Greg Kelly,... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2006
Matt and Jessica have returned from their travels to Africa with Frontline World - complete with bead necklace and t-shirt gifts for the office! We'll be sure the coffee pot is full over the next few days to help Matt with his jetlag... but in the meantime here are some of the beautiful pics they brought back with them -


Matt and Jessica visited with Janet Alupot, Executive Director of Women's Initiative to Eradicate Poverty in Uganda. They were able to observe Janet's daily activities working with her clients as she accepted loan applications, disbursed loan...

Continue Reading >>

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