Anna Antoni

Fellows Blog Posts by Anna Antoni

Jul 4, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Anna Antoni, KF11 Indonesia

I am a vegetarian and I support pig business. How come? Well, these pigs have a social impact…

Pigs aren’t just cute when small, and always a dirty business. They are not just fulfilling the cravings of meat-crazy people. And it is not just because pigs dominated my fellowship, that analyzing the usefulness of pig loans makes sense. I would like to dedicate my final blog post to all the pigs I met in 3 months as a Kiva fellow in Bali, Indonesia and of course to all the borrowers who got a loan to purchase them. It is not easy to...

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Jun 23, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Anna Antoni, KF11 Indonesia

In Indonesia, a developing country where you can observe a lot of chaos and reasons for inconvenience, religion is obvious everywhere. Every religion is extremely prominent in daily life and I dare to state that for most Indonesians there is no part of life that is not influenced by religion.

And maybe this is one of the reasons why most people i met still seem to be more confident and happy in their life than people in countries with a higher standard of living (see “7 reasons to fall in love with not-...

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Jun 14, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Anna Antoni, KF 11 Indonesia

Medicine and microfinance. The first impression might be that these disciplines only have the “M” in common. For comparing medicine with finance in general this may be true, but being a doctor and working as field officer for a microfinance institution has much more in common. Both professions have the licence to kill- in a more or less literal meaning…

Why do I come up with such a strange statement? Before giving an explanation, I have to give the background that brought me to comparing microfinance with my job when I return to...

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Jun 8, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Anna Antoni, KF11 Indonesia

Negativity, discontentment, racism, catastrophy-focusing, no interest in strangers. All this I know very well from home in Vienna but in Indonesia you can find right the opposite in the national spirit.

The Top 7 reasons to fall in love with Indonesia (for me it was love at first sight) deserve attention, because Indonesia as biggest Muslim populated country which had to face terrorist acts in past years isn’t used to good publicity…

To get to the obvious connection to microfinance read to the end or...

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Jun 2, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Anna Antoni, KF11, Indonesia

Kiva is still a new channel for information and action for those willing to look over the borders of their national and economic environment. We can’t predict the influence Kiva will have on microfinance and poverty…

In the long process of providing the information needed for receiving a loan through Kiva, transparency is of high priority but usually we talk about transparency for the lender. What about the borrower? Do they all know they are on the internet with a lot of personal...

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May 20, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Anna Antoni, KF11, Indonesia

Sex. Ok, reproductive health. Let’s talk about reproductive health in a language you don’t speak. Ok, conversational, but far from professional. And now the setting: a women’s health training for clients from the Kiva field partner Koperasi Mitra Usaha Kecil (MUK) in a village in Bali, Indonesia.

When I REALLY realized this, I couldn’t stop wearing a huge happy grin before I started…

In a previous post I wrote about women in Indonesia, motivated by the national day for women’s emancipation in April and the fact that the Kiva...

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May 12, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Anna Antoni, KF11, Indonesia

I was never as scared in my life as yesterday. I hesitated to write this blog entry, because I don’t want to give the impression that Kiva sends fellows into a dangerous environment. But we all chose to move to developing countries for at least 3 months – security simply has a different meaning in industrialized northern countries…

Yesterday evening I was driving home on my motorbike (just to make things clear from the beginning- using public transport isn’t much different…). I got used to Indonesian streets and I got used to the way...

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Apr 30, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Anna Antoni, KF11, Indonesia

Although Indonesian women’s life is drastically different from what you see about Muslim women in media, the situation can still be described as- let’s call it- challenging…

After experiencing western and central Indonesia, I am now in Bali, known for a culture that couldn’t be more different from the rest of Indonesia. Tourism changed a lot in parts of Bali and most people are Hindu, so you witness a lot of ceremonies, see flowers behind ears and sooner or later you will walk over a little box with offerings to the gods. The...

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