Fellows Blog Posts by kf10kevin

Jul 1, 2010

When FIFA announced in May 2004 that South Africa would host the 2010 World Cup, not just one country, but an entire continent rejoiced. Not only for the football, but for the exposure on Africa and the hope that this tournament would bring big businesses and investments from abroad.

With over 4 billion USD used to improve infrastructure including roads, stadiums, and transport systems in the run up to the World Cup, hosting this tournament was certainly not cheap for South Africa. Ten stadiums were renovated, improved, or built entirely from scratch for this tournament,...

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May 31, 2010 UG Uganda

“Just look around, you can see all of our problems. It will take Africa at least 250 years to catch up to the West.”

This statement comes from a Kenyan man whom I met about two years ago while traveling through East Africa. I was passing through Kisumu, Kenya, at the time and somehow got into a conversation with this man at our backpacker restaurant/bar area. He was a Master’s student in Nairobi, home for a week to visit his family, and this hour-long conversation really opened my eyes to a number of different issues.

Now I’m not the dramatic type, and I won’t lie and...

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Mar 16, 2010 KE Kenya

Juhudi Kilimo CFO: Kevin, when you’re out in Litein, make sure you ear-tag at least one cow for our Micro Insurance program. Me: Ummm yea, I may pass on that one, but I’ll think about it.


Microfinance… To most people this word is synonymous with providing small loans to very low-income entrepreneurs. But microfinance is so much more than that. It involves Microcredit, Microsavings, and our topic today, Micro Insurance. Most people are surprised...

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Feb 10, 2010 KE Kenya

So imagine your first week as a Kiva Fellow placed at a microfinance institution in Nairobi, Kenya.  Think about what the place may look like, how the people will greet you, and the overall atmosphere of the office.  Now scrap all that, because my first few days at Juhudi Kilimo have been so far above and beyond anything I could have imagined.

The real inspiration for this blog is my new co-worker Steve, the office DJ at Juhudi Kilimo who plays music all day to keep everyone relaxed and at ease.  Now I was expecting some local artists and maybe some popular American...

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