Stories tagged with Rwanda

Apr 4, 2011 AM Armenia

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky

Kiva Fellows celebrated Earth Day around the world (Rwanda pictured)

Kiva Fellows observed Earth Day by sharing projects initiated by their partner microfinance institutions and host countries and by celebrating Kiva.org’s first batch of “Green Loans”. The upbeat mood also extended to anniversary parties at MFIs in Jordan and Armenia, enthusiastic endorsements to travel to Colombia, and reporting on a great...

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Apr 4, 2011 AM Armenia

Compiled by Caree Edson, KF 14, Armenia

One of the unfortunate sight-seeing adventures that you never sign up for when you travel (especially in developing countries) is the unseemly amount of trash cluttering the otherwise beautiful landscapes. In Armenia, it isn’t possible to see the horizon through the smog most days and the streets are covered in cigarette butts and litter. I found no exceptions to this as I inquired from other Kiva Fellows about the dire situation in their countries. Environmental education and reform are simply not a top priority in many countries....

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Apr 4, 2011 AM Armenia

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky, KF14, South Africa

Most of the photos for April Fools' Day were ready before we even hatched our plans (Cambodia pictured)

We hope you enjoyed our April Fools post on Friday! While we were entertaining ourselves pulling it all together, we also found the time to attend to some serious matters: coffee in Colombia is no joke (in a bad way), some borrowers are easier to locate than others, and oftentimes Fellows must say goodbye to...

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Mar 3, 2011 GT Guatemala

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky, KF14, South Africa

Many Fellows get around in fanciful local taxis (Indonesia pictured)

While it may have been a slower “official” news week than usual, I can assure you that the Fellows are keeping busy. One Fellow spent hours searching fruitlessly for borrowers in the jungle, another has been suffering from serious gastrointestinal issues (aren’t you glad he didn’t post about that?), and the rest of us have...

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Mar 3, 2011 RW Rwanda

During my 5+ months here in Rwanda, I’ve made myself at home in Kigali, and adapted to the Rwandese lifestyle.  I have also picked up some…interesting habits, many of which will not translate when I return home to the US in June.  Below are a handful of quirks that I have acquired during my crash-course in Rwandese culture:

1)      Hissing

Here in Rwanda, it’s acceptable to hiss at someone in order to get their attention.  A simple “tsssss!” is effective for: attracting the attention of a moto-taxi, calling a waiter or bartender, getting someone’s attention on the street,...

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Mar 3, 2011 KH Cambodia

By David McNeill (Sierra Leone) and Adam Cohn (Rwanda), with lots of help from the 14th class of Kiva Fellows

It turns out that one thing Kiva Fellows seem to have in common is a love for data. With that, Kiva Fellows David and Adam polled the current fellows in the field on the costs of various necessities and niceties in their current placements. The numbers, which we humbly title the Kiva Fellows Index, give some good insight into the conditions in the far-flung places we now live and work.

Far from home
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Mar 3, 2011 BO Bolivia

Contributions from Kiva Fellows around the globe, compiled by Mei-ing Cheok.

Solidarity - A group of Ghanaian women after their weekly meeting with their loan officer

The beauty of microfinance is that it gives people at the wrong end of the income spectrum opportunities to step out of the poverty trap. It also provides women the confidence and security that comes from earning their own income, leading to greater gender equality.

Financially and...

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Mar 3, 2011 GH Ghana

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky, KF14, South Africa

Last week, Kiva Fellows took you to places you may not have known existed (West Timor, Indonesia, pictured)

The Fellows will be covering International Women’s Day later this week but let’s take a moment to acknowledge its lesser-known cousin in Kyrgyzstan, “Man’s Day”. And while you’re appreciating culture and history in far-off places, take a trip to Peru and West Timor through photos,...

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Mar 3, 2011 RW Rwanda

Two and a half weeks before I left Australia for Kiva Fellow training, I discovered I would be working in Rwanda.  Combined with packing up and moving house, finishing work, preparing for Kiva and saying good-bye to friends and family, I didn’t have a lot of time to find out much about Rwanda before I arrived.  I’m still learning and will be for a long time after I leave.  Below are five things I would never have known if I hadn’t had the opportunity to live and work here.

1.     Plastic bags are illegal – since 2006 plastic bags have been replaced with brown paper...

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Mar 3, 2011 RW Rwanda

Many microloans are loaned as group loans. In a group loan, all of the members vouch for the other members’ ability to repay the loan. This helps ensure that reliable businesspeople receive the loan. Since the group accepts responsibility for any default within the group, it also ensures that the loan is paid back.

Michelle and I traveled to Rwamagana, Rwanda to do some training and to observe a borrowers’ group meeting. Each woman gave an update on their loan and the state of their business. One woman in the group really impressed us with her savvy and her long-term...

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