Fellows Blog Posts by Christina Reyes

Apr 11, 2010 PH Philippines

By Christina Reyes, KF10, Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI), Philippines

The women of Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. in the Antique province of the Philippines are “bringing sexy back”.   To celebrate its members’ accomplishments, the ASHI Antique South branch hosts the annual “Feeling Sexy” pageant open to all its women entrepreneurs.  Nominated by their peers at ASHI, the “Feeling Sexy” contestants are evaluated in different categories including leadership &  community involvement, talent, and “Best in Gown”.

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Mar 17, 2010 PH Philippines

Is it possible to “hear” the power of microfinance?

The sweet sound of empowerment is a beautiful thing.

Check out the clip below featuring members from Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI) in a cheering contest at a recent branch meeting.  As a visiting Kiva Fellow, I also had the privilege of “participating” in the contest.  Our team fittingly named “The Inspiration Group” won 1st prize for “Best Coordination.” 

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Mar 3, 2010 PH Philippines

If Donald Trump needs new contestants for his show “The Apprentice”, he should look no further than the Rizal province in the Philippines.  After spending nearly a month as a Kiva Fellow interviewing over 40 members of Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. (ASHI), a Kiva microfinance partner, I can attest these women would give the competition a run for their money.

Picture of Nieva De Leon (ASHI member) and myself

I would describe the members of ASHI as scrappy and determined entrepreneurs who practice savvy business sense. During my interviews with the borrowers, I ask...

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Feb 13, 2010 PH Philippines

For all those who have succumbed to playing the late night trivia game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”,  you know it is based on the assumption that any actor can be linked through his or her film roles to actor Kevin Bacon within six steps.  The game is a play on the network idea “Six Degrees of Separation” that everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth.

What I have come to realize week one into my placement as a brand new Kiva Fellow is Kevin Bacon is to Hollywood as Kiva Fellows are to the world of microfinance.  Our role is to facilitate ...

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