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Dec 14, 2009 PH Philippines

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

ASKI client performs beachside karaoke before annual client meeting

I was perusing through my IPhoto gallery when it occurred to me, I am almost done here.  Since October, I have been working at the head office of Alalay sa Kaumlarun or ASKI.  I have been on two week long field visits, a day trip to deliver relief goods to typhoons victims, 4 ASKI client annual meetings, and even day of team building through sports and exercise,...

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Nov 21, 2009 PH Philippines

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

AKSI clients prepare lunch

In addition to being a very hard word to spell, Tuguegarao (pronounced too-gig-a-raou), is the location of one of the ASKI branches that posts their clients on the Kiva website.  It’s also the destination of my second trip to the field.  One part of my job as a Kiva Fellow is to help conduct borrower interviews for journal updates.  Even though these field trips can be somewhat of a grueling...

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Nov 4, 2009 PH Philippines

I have been mistaken for this guy a lot since I've been here

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

The Filipinos are a very generous people.  So generous, in fact, that if they don’t know your name, they will even give you a name – and that name is Joe.  I am greeted in this way no less than 3 or 4 times in a day, coming from men and women both young and old: “Hey Joe!”

As many guide books will tell you, in many parts of the Philippines foreigners...

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Oct 18, 2009 PH Philippines

The aftermath of Typhoon Parma

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

We as Kiva lenders want to believe that the borrowers take out their loans in good faith. We want to believe that the Kiva field partners conduct the necessary due diligence to ensure that their clients have ability and determination to succeed.  But what happens when everyone is doing the right thing and disaster strikes?  Given the natural disaster that recently fell upon the Central and Northern Luzon provinces of...

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Oct 8, 2009 PH Philippines

ASKI lights the way in Cabanatuan City

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

I finally touched down in Manila at 2:30 AM  last Saturday morning.  After getting  my bags from baggage claim I wandered through the sliding glass doors and into the heat.   Where is my driver? Where is an ATM? Why is that little kid laughing at me?  My work as a Kiva Fellow had officially begun.

My name is Adam Preston and for the next 10 weeks I will be working with Alalay sa Kaunlaran, Inc (ASKI), a...

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