Fellows Blog Posts by ahector

Jan 8, 2010

 By Anne Hector, KF9, Kenya
 
It is my favorite moment in the Kiva interview.  The whole mood of the conversation changes, the borrower’s face softens, and typically they gaze in the distance for a second before answering the question.
For those of you who don’t know, Kiva interviews (that produce the data for the web site profiles) follow a somewhat standard format.  The first question for the borrower, after we explain Kiva, is do they mind appearing on the website?  If...
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Dec 12, 2009 KE Kenya

By Anne Hector, KF9, Kenya

At two months into my Kiva fellowship (and woefully late on my blogs…),  I have now interviewed more than 50 micro-borrowers.  The individuals I have met are always moving and impressive, but Jeska Silivano Mlanya truly stands out for her strength, warmth, and resourcefulness.   Just take a moment and look at that face…!

When I visited the SMEP Mombasa branch to train and went out to the field with Beatrice Mbwika, she said, “I have the perfect client for you to meet.  This is my favorite borrower. “

We went so deep into the...

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Oct 26, 2009 KE Kenya

By Anne Hector, KF9 Kenya

When last I posted (http://tiny.cc/pl68v), I was preparing to plunge into Nairobi traffic with the redoubtable intern, Mary Chege, to visit  the Kitengela branch to gather up loans and work with the lending officers on Kiva postings.

Kitengela is a small town of approximately 8000 located one hour southeast of Nairobi.  Once Mary and I successfully navigated our way there, one of SMEP’s local loan officers, Winnie Mwiti, took us out for the day on her usual rounds.  I had never been to a group borrower meeting and nor met a...

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Oct 13, 2009 KE Kenya

By Anne Hector, KF9 Kenya

My microfinance institution is the Small and Micro Enterprise Programme of Kenya (SMEP) and it is located in Nairobi… not at the foot of the Ngong Hills, I have to admit, but it is very very near Ngong Road.

I am a new Kiva Fellow and proud member of its 9th class.  My project is to help SMEP move from its pilot program into an active phase with a healthy flow of loans posted on Kiva for funding.  Last week, I navigated my way to Nairobi, settled into a hotel, bought a local cell phone, found SMEP offices (above) and the bus to get...

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