Fellows Blog Posts by adamcohnkivafellow

Sep 16, 2011 RW Rwanda

By Adam Cohn KF14, Rwanda

Rwanda Rice Paddies

Before my Kiva fellowship, I had never considered the differences between the loans which appear on Kiva. To me, a loan was a loan, and the only difference was the story of each individual borrower. That’s actually far from the case, and as Urwego Opportunity Bank prepared to roll out their first agriculture loan product, to rice farmers in Rwanda, I quickly learned about the differences between agriculture...

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Apr 26, 2011 AM Armenia

By Adam Cohn KF14, Rwanda

Rwanda: That Bieber Fever

Poda-Poda, Tro-Tro, Marshrutka, Jitney, Bemo, Bush Taxi. It seems that they have different, funny names in each locale, but they all refer to the same concept: the shared taxi. A share taxi is a vehicle which travels around a fixed route and either departs when it’s totally full, or allows customers to hop on and off wherever they want. In Rwanda, they are also a zeitgeist of what’s hip...

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Mar 2, 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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