Fellows Blog Posts by Laura Buhler

Jul 9, 2009

Last week I had a moment when the confusion of globalization washed over me…

I got into one of Kigali’s tiny city buses, officially called matatus, but affectionately known as a “one-more” because one more person can always be squeezed into the already sardine-packed vehicle. (The size of a Toyota Previa, seats 18). These buses are scrawled in Mandarin script— they were likely hand-me-downs from one of China’s cities after realizing that they were no longer safe enough to transport people by China’s standards. Most of these buses have some other art added— usually hand-...

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Jun 24, 2009 RW Rwanda

I am sure that many of you have read of the horrors that occurred here in Rwanda almost exactly 15 years ago, but few of us can actually envision the magnitude of such tragedy and its consequences on a society.

Upon arrival in Rwanda I have noticed many hindrances to development and I have generated a lot of criticism for the country’s economic goals etc. But my first visit to a genocide memorial changed my perspective on the place. Rather, it reminded me of the individuals that make up Rwandan society, and how truly extraordinary it is that they have managed to create a peaceful...

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Jun 12, 2009 RW Rwanda

“Allow me to introduce myself”, I’m Laura Buhler, a member of the KF8 class.

I am from Calgary, Canada and have found the transition to life in Rwanda to be very smooth, given just a couple of bumps in the road.

Exactly two weeks in to my Fellowship at Vision Finance Company (VFC) in Kigali, Rwanda, one baggage loss and one hospital visit later, I have settled in to life here in Rwanda. Since arriving, my mind has been flooded with questions and realizations about this new culture. In fact, I am sure that this constant thinking has been the factor that led to my lack of sleep...

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May 20, 2009 RW Rwanda

By Laura Buhler, KF8 Rwanda

Hello Kiva Friends!

I am Laura Buhler and I am a Kiva Fellow 8 trainee at Kiva headquarters in San Francisco. I will be heading to Kigali, Rwanda for about three months this summer. In celebration of this placement, I have loaned $25 to Joselyne, an entrepreneur in Kigali.

If you are interested in learning more about Kiva, Kiva Fellows, or microfinance in general, please stay posted with the Kiva Fellows Blog.

I encourage all of my readers to make a loan to an entrepreneur in Rwanda or around the world.

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