Kiyomi is a Kiva Fellow in KF17, the 17th Kiva Fellows Class, with Fundacion Realidad (FRAC) in Mexico. She has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and has six years experience working in Financial Services.  Make a loan to one of FRAC’s clients or join their lending team!

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May 8, 2012 MX Mexico

Kiyomi Beach | KF17 | Mexico

Nursery for coffee plants. Once these plants reach a certain size they will be planted in the fields and be producing at full capacity in about three years.

La Unión Regional de Pequeños Productores de Café Huatusco (La Unión Regional) is Kiva’s first non-microfinance institution partner in Latin America.  It’s a member-owned coffee cooperative dedicated to helping their largely rural, low-income members bring their coffee to...

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Apr 20, 2012 AZ Azerbaijan

Compiled by Kiyomi Beach | KF17 | Mexico

Easter Egg Dyeing in Cameroon

Whether shaking off the chill of winter, welcoming the rainy season, or experiencing any other climate change, the spring can definitely be a time to celebrate.  Some countries celebrate big which can mean local business owners have a surge in income from selling items related to the festivities.  Sales for new clothes, fabrics for costumes, candies, and specialty foods increase, which give...

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Mar 6, 2012 MX Mexico

Kiyomi Beach | KF17 | Mexico

On the road to a community in Chiapas.

When I found out I was being placed in Mexico, I was not exactly thrilled.  I wanted to go someplace exotic, and far from home.  Living in California, I’ve had lots of exposure to Mexican culture, so I thought that I wasn’t going to feel that I really got away.

The truth is, however, that I had never been to Mexico, outside of visiting...

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