Fellows Blog Posts by Ai Li

May 5, 2008 AZ Azerbaijan

As I wrap up my time as a Kiva Fellow with Norwegian Microcredit (Normicro) in Azerbaijan, I realized that I cannot adequately summarize in words the knowledge I’ve gained on microfinance and Azerbaijan, things and places I’ve seen, and people and entrepreneurs I’ve met.  For to share about microfinance in Azerbaijan, one must place it in the context of the country’s historical and current political and economic situation.  Besides, the previous Kiva Fellow in Azerbaijan had already written an excellent blog on this topic.  (See: ‘The Role of Microfinance in...

Continue Reading >>

Mar 31, 2008 AZ Azerbaijan

On Sunday, I had the privilege of spending time with an Azeri woman over lunch and walking around Baku.  For the record, I am female. I met Ulviyya on a bus a few days ago when I saw her reading English vocabulary from a dictionary that was falling apart to pieces and started talking to her.  We parted shortly after but before doing so, Ulviyya jumped on the opportunity to practice her spoken English.  She took down my mobile number and invited me to lunch on Sunday.    

Throughout the few hours we...

Continue Reading >>

Mar 16, 2008 AZ Azerbaijan

Greetings!  My name is Ai Li Ang and I live in Chicago, Illinois, in the USA.  I was born and grew up in Malaysia and am ethnically Chinese (this detail will be relevant later on).  I arrived in Azerbaijan as a Kiva Fellow to work with one of Kiva’s partners, Norwegian Microcredit (Normicro).  This is the second time that Normicro is hosting a Kiva Fellow.  Since the previous Fellow, Liz Vallette, departed in fall of 2007, Normicro has continued to experience tremendous growth in number of clients served and loan portfolio.  In less than a year, Normicro has added 2 branch...

Continue Reading >>