Fellows Blog Posts by act4impact

Jun 15, 2012

By Kimberly Strathearn, KF 16/17, Turkey

Volunteers aren’t paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” Anonymous

National Volunteer Week 2012 (April 15-21) has come and gone and despite my best intentions to post this blog during that week–it didn’t happen. But that does not mean I appreciate our SUPER Maya volunteers any less, in fact, I am going to use this blog as the perfect chance to brag about some of the individuals and schools that volunteer for Maya.  Some translate Maya...

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Jun 8, 2012

By Kimberly Strathearn, KF 16/17, Turkey

Dermalogica Lending team logo

joinFITE logo

joinFITE lending team logo

On January, 2011, announced its partnership with Dermalogica (a leading international skin care brand) and other...

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Apr 21, 2012

By Kimberly Strathearn, KF 16/17, Turkey

April 7 -29, 2012 is this year’s date for the 7th International Istanbul Tulip Festival which is organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.  Being a national symbol of Turkey, tulips have had a major role in Turkish arts and culture for centuries. Not to mention it is the current official tourism symbol.

The Tulip Festival is held each April and the city parks, squares, and gardens are blooming with millions of tulips of every color. This year over 11.5 million tulips of 104 different...

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Apr 7, 2012 TR Turkey

By Kimberly Strathearn, KF 16/17, Turkey

No water = barrier for fish (ran across this advertisement for a new aquarium one morning in Taksim Square on the way to work)

Maya has been a Kiva Field partner for 8 months.  Maya is a small program that was established under the Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work in 2002.  Maya’s target clients are low-income women with a primary school education that have limited...

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Mar 13, 2012

By Kimberly Strathearn | KF 16/17 | Turkey

In previous blog posts, I have introduced the Maya Istanbul office, the Sakarya branch office, and the Izmit branch office.  This blog will highlight the Eskişehir branch office,  introduce Nermin Akar and Serpil Altıntaş and provide an update on three entrepreneurs.

From left to right: Nermin Akar and Serpil Altıntaş

The Eskişehir branch was started with the participation of the Eskişehir municipal government and the...

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Feb 6, 2012

Kimberly Strathearn KF 16 | Istanbul, Turkey

Although you will find many familiar fast food restaurants in Turkey, I have never understood why they are popular.  Turkish food is just too darn good. When I first started living in Turkey in 1998, there was very little western fast food, very little packaged junk food, and very little prepared foods (i.e. bottled sauces, frozen vegetable, mixes and other packaged foods).  I used to bring back lots of food items when I visited my family once a year.  Now I only bring back chili powder for when I occasionally...

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Jan 11, 2012

By Kim Strathearn, K16, Turkey
Perks! Perks of some sort are a part of every job.  Recently one of the loan officers brought back these cookie samples from a potential client.  YUM!

Cookıe samples = Perks!

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk died at 9:05 a.m. on November 10, 1938 at the...

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Nov 22, 2011

By Kim Strathearn, KF16, Turkey

If It Is Tuesday, it must be Izmit.  Maya’s Kocaeli / Izmit branch is about 1 ½ hours away from Istanbul and every Tuesday, either Aylin or Asu, or both from the Istanbul office make the trip to approve borrower applications.  These visits always take place in the business or home (if that were she works from) of the potential borrower.

Izmit Office

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Nov 3, 2011

By Kim Strathearn, KF16, Turkey

If It Is Thursday, It Must Be Sakarya and either Aylin or Asu from the Istanbul office will make the 2 ½ hour drive each way to visit potential loan clients and conduct the final interview for loan approvals.  Since the office covers a large area, sometimes they both go.  It depends on how many loan application approval visits they have to make and how far spread out the clients are.  Click on Ayse, Mine, and Hayriye’s profiles to see some Kiva entrepreneurs from the Sakarya region.

Maya’s Sakarya branch office  is located in...

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Sep 30, 2011

By Kim Strathearn, KF16, Turkey

Unlike some of my KF16 fellows classmates, I did not have to rush to the bookstore to read up on the country where I was about to be posted, figure out if my cell phone would work overseas, or learn about internet capabilities because Istanbul has been my home for about the last 12 years.  I am lucky that I already have an apartment, know how to get around, know how to order what I want to eat and even knew where my MFI was located.  No panic attacks about my new location but lots of panic about blogging and about what my first blog should be on....

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