Fellows Blog Posts by Heba Gamal

Aug 3, 2011 LB Lebanon

By Heba Gamal - KF15, Lebanon

It is not hard for a Lebanese to detect my disguised Egyptian Arabic accent, so it’s been quite common for me to be asked how long I have been in Lebanon, whether this is my first time, and of course what I’m doing here in Lebanon every time I meet someone. Most recently this happened to me at a local Resto-Pub in Hasbaya after a 10km hike. The Resto-Pub owner, Fayez, and I quickly got to talking and as usual it wasn’t long before I was aked ”What do you do here in Lebanon?” Although, I’m fluent in Arabic...

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Jul 13, 2011 LB Lebanon

By Heba Gamal - KF15, Lebanon

I had been living in my beautifully spacious room with an extra bed to host visitors for about a month when the landlord informed me that I will have to move to the smallest room in the house because a big group of performers and artists are coming and they had booked all the big rooms in the house in advance. I was really not looking forward to leaving the room; I had made it my own, put pictures and postcards up, friends had come and stayed with me in it, but most importantly I had no idea how I was going to fit all my belongings that now...

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Jun 14, 2011 LB Lebanon

By Heba Gamal - KF15, Lebanon

“It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Gibran Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Having grown up in Egypt, I know that family is an important part of daily life in the Middle East. So, when it came to my Kiva Fellowship – I knew that in Lebanon I was going to be well-fed, watched over and taken care of. What I didn’t know is how this family-style love I was too familiar with was going to translate into the workings of micro-finance in Lebanon.

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