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Fellows Blog Posts by KivaLory

Apr 26, 2010 VN Vietnam

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It’s funny how death makes a person keenly aware of their responsibilities. You think about all the wrongs you  need to right, the people with whom you need to make amends, and the debts you need to repay. You’re lucky if you’ve never faced death. If you live in a developed country like the United States, things like tuberculosis, diarrhoeal diseases and stomach cancer don’t make it on the list of top 10 leading causes of death in your country...

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Apr 9, 2010 VN Vietnam

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Dear Lender,

If you’re tuning in for the first time, you’re in for a treat!  Watch as a group of women in a remote province of northern Vietnam receive access to credit for the very first time.  Feel their hope, hear their fears, and share in the laughter =)

This is the last of a 3-part video blogging series in which I attempt to give you a snapshot of the person-to-person experience you would have if you were to follow your $25 Kiva loan to...

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Mar 29, 2010 VN Vietnam

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Dear Kiva Lender,

A few weeks ago, I created a video introduction to what you might experience if you followed the money you lent on Kiva to Vietnam.  This time, meet the local staff and credit officers of the local micro-finance institution who make the magic happen.  You’ll hear of a credit officer’s story of the impact that micro-credit has had on her family directly.  Hope you enjoy!

By Lory Ishii, KF10, Vietnam
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Mar 14, 2010 VN Vietnam

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Dear Lender,

Have you ever wanted to see what happens to your money once you press the “LEND” button on kiva.org?  Well, wonder no more as I take you on a visual person-to-person experience into the rural provinces of Hanoi, Vietnam.  Every couple of weeks, I will be posting a video blog of what happens to your money from the ground up.  Enjoy this first episode as a teaser of what’s to come!

By Lory Ishii, KF10, Vietnam...
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Jan 28, 2010

So I’m on day 4 out of a week-long Kiva Fellows training program that starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. straight through to 6:30 p.m. along with 28 other trainees from all over the world.  We’re fighting off all kinds of sicknesses from being together 10+ hours a day (i.e. braving a rainy outdoor trolley ride around San Francisco, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in the computer “sauna” room, and hi-fiving when our team scores on Kiva Jeopardy).

I thought I was the only one who quit my job to do a 3-month service project as a Kiva Fellow, but I...

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