Amy is a native of Dallas, TX. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio and lived in St. Petersburg, Russia for 3 years. While in St. Petersburg, she worked for a venture capital company and helped establish a Russian-American School of Management. Amy just finished Peace Corps service as a Community Business Development Volunteer in Armenia where she also volunteered at Heifer International. She is spending an intensive 6 weeks reconnecting with friends and adjusting to being home before heading back out to the Caucasus where she will serve as a Kiva Fellow in Georgia and Armenia.

Fellows Blog Posts by Amy Williams

Dec 22, 2013 AM Armenia

The work of a Kiva Fellow is busy and varied, but we also like to take in the sights while we are abroad.  One week this fall, I was able to spend a week with not one, but two other Kiva-ites.  Kiva Fellows Program Coordinator Shana Soltani came to Armenia to observe Liz Fish, Kiva Media Fellow, and me.  We had a great week of meeting borrowers and talking with the field partners, and on the weekend, we decided to visit 2 very interesting historical places near Yerevan: Garni and Gerhard.
Garni temple with Shana,...
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Dec 4, 2013 AM Armenia

Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of working with Liz Fish, Kiva Media Fellow, in Armenia.  Liz has come with me on borrower verifications, and I have come with her on media visits.  Together we have met more borrowers than either one of us would have alone. Working in the offices of SEF and Nor Horizon, Kiva’s partners in Armenia, is great because it is obvious that the staff at both feel passionate about their work in helping low-income Armenians improve their businesses, expand their agriculture, and get an education.  As satisfying as the office work is, it... Continue Reading >>

Sep 29, 2013 GO Global Update

Moussaka, kufta and blinchika with meat
I am not a foodie, but if I stayed in Georgia long enough, I would be.  Georgian fruits and nuts are plentiful and delicious.  Georgian wine is known throughout the region.  The use of fresh herbs is subtle. One of the benefits of working at LLC Credo is lunch.  For several years, one of the staff members, Eva Shermadini, provided delicious lunches for staff.  She had a staff of 2 cooks who worked in her home and a driver who would deliver food to the... Continue Reading >>