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Jun 3, 2012

By Jamie Greenthal | KF 17 | Philippines

Kiva Fellows get a front row seat to the delivery of microfinance services.  We live in small towns, rural villages, or big cities in developing countries, and work in the institutions that provide financial services to the poor.  We travel near and far to visit the borrowers who operate the businesses for which they’ve received loans from Kiva lenders.  We hear stories from business owners who take advantage of financial services to sustain and grow their enterprises, and create new opportunities for themselves and family members,...

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May 20, 2012

By Jamie Greenthal | KF 17 | Philippines

Doing my best “waki” pose under the ubiquitous tourism poster in Manila.

The attractiveness of a location can be defined in many ways.  When talking to friends and family or reading guidebooks, superlatives often convince us that a place is worth (or not worth) visiting.  I’m sure you’ve heard of spots that are described as having “the best restaurants”, “the prettiest beaches”, or “the liveliest nightlife...

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May 6, 2012 PH Philippines

By Jamie Greenthal | KF 17 | Philippines

A towering statue in Jagna, Bohol.

I must admit that I’ve avoided writing this post for two months.  It’s been particularly challenging since the topic has been the “elephant in the room” of my mind.  Until now, I’ve been hesitant to communicate how I used to feel about religious businesses because I’ve been working at one.  In the spirit of the daily...

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Apr 15, 2012 PH Philippines

By Jamie Greenthal | KF 17 | Philippines

The search for snails and sea cucumbers during low tide at dusk.

As Kiva Fellows, we often make long and arduous journeys to meet borrowers.  During these trips, the discomfort of travel can cause us to lose sight of the uniqueness and beauty of our surroundings.  When crammed into a van, bus, or boat, I’ve often had to crane my neck to check out locations that could serve as the backdrop...

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Mar 25, 2012

By Jamie Greenthal | KF 17 | Philippines

The lush road into San Roque.

Before becoming a Kiva Fellow, I spent 10 out of the past 12 years working for two big companies in New York City.  During that time, I went on a few business trips.  I liked how they broke up the daily routine and I got to see more than the four walls of my cubicle.  They also usually meant early mornings, late nights, and falling behind on email.  Nevertheless, the positives outweighed...

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Mar 11, 2012

By Jamie Greenthal | KF 17 | Philippines

Waiting with baited breath for the results.

While watching TV medical dramas over the years, I often fantasized about being a perfectly coiffed doctor who miraculously cures patients in under an hour (including commercial breaks) without breaking a sweat, and always remembers to flash a pearly white smile before the credits roll.  While it seemed glamorous on TV, I knew, from being a patient myself, that the TV doctor...

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Feb 26, 2012

Jamie Greenthal | KF 17 | Philippines

Loan officers and I take a break from the rigors of training.

In keeping with the transformation theme (see From One City to Another:  A New Yorker in Tagbilaran), I am proud to say that I recently graduated from Kiva trainee to Kiva trainer.  The setting was Corella, Philippines, a bucolic and verdant village on the island of Bohol, where 30 young Filipinos, most of whom had recently graduated from...

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