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Jan 8, 2012

Compiled by Laurie Young, KF16, Indonesia

Last week you read about about what six of the fellows from KF16 were doing once their fellowships ended.  Read on to see what adventures 2012 will bring to some more!

Jill Hall, CCT, Phillipines

My Kiva fellowship has really been a joy and I am sad to see this time come to a close. I have a desire to continue to work in development and non-profit work and so the next few steps after my Kiva fellowship is to contribute to that goal. After Kiva I will spend the next couple of months visiting friends who are working at...

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Jan 2, 2012 AZ Azerbaijan

Compiled by Laurie Young, KF16, Indonesia

I know! We can’t believe it either! Our Kiva Fellowships, as the 16th class, have come to an end.  So what’s in store for us once we return to our homes? Or perhaps, stay in the field for another fellowship?  Read on for the next chapter in the lives of some of the 16th Class of Kiva Fellows Alumni.

Jim Burke, AFODENIC, Managua

I am returning to San Francisco after working around Latin America for the past year. Apparently,  it’s time to go home and get ‘a...

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Dec 21, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF16

Awhile ago I attended a Kiva loan disbursement for VisionFund Indonesia with my Kiva Coordinator, Valentine.  She and I were both intrigued by a product called Mr. Cool that Layla, the leader of the group, has a business turning into ice cream pops.  Often times the borrowers we met during field visits were quiet and reserved.  However, Layla was extremely excited to have us in her home and show us all about her business making Mr. Cool pops.  She was the most outgoing and charismatic borrower I met during my time in Jakarta and, because of this, I wanted to...

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Nov 22, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF16, Indonesia

Vice Minister of Finance giving the Keynote Speech on the second day of the event

I was fortunate enough to be invited to accompany the Director of VisionFund Indonesia to attend the ‘First Microinsurance Marketplace in Indonesia’ coined ‘MIMPI.’  The event was a joint effort by the Indonesian Insurance Council, World Bank and the IFC with the three main goals being:

  • “To provide an opportunity to showcase innovations...
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Nov 8, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF 16, Indonesia

According to the World Bank of Indonesia, more than 50% of Indonesians live on less than $2 US per day/per person and more than 80% live on less than $4 US per day/per person.  In addition to this, they estimate that greater than one-third of households don’t have access to any formal financial services and microinsurance in the market is negligible.   To put this in perspective, the population of Indonesia is estimated at around 245 million and, “in Indonesia today, about one third of the population, or about 77 million people have no...

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Nov 3, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF16, VisionFund Indonesia

Monday, October 31st marked the end of Rizky’s three-month probationary period as a loan officer in VisionFund Indonesia’s (VFI) Cilincing office.  This means on November 1st he would have become an employee of VFI with full benefits.  Sadly, he was not able to celebrate this milestone because on the evening of Friday, October 28th, he tragically passed away in a traffic accident while riding home on his motorbike from a soccer game with friends.   He was 20 years old.

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Oct 13, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF 16, Indonesia

Karsinah

Social Return: 

In mid-July when I found out I was going to be working with VisionFund Indonesia (VFI), I began stalking kiva.org waiting for VFI borrowers to appear so I could show my support by lending.   I was really excited to start ‘investing’ in the people I’d be working with!  You’ll notice that because VFI is in Pilot phase with a low funding limit, they currently only have around 10...

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Sep 22, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF16, Indonesia

When we last left off in this new adventure, I hadn’t yet stepped foot into the office of my Field Partner, VisionFund Indonesia (VFI).  It’s amazing what a difference two weeks makes!  Not only have I now spent time in the office with the staff at Headquarters (HQ) and met with loan officers at two branches, I was also invited to attend the Annual Meeting for VFI near Bandung, Indonesia!  What’s a better way to get to know an organization than by spending a week attending presentations about the past, present, and future of the MFI and participate...

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Sep 6, 2011 ID Indonesia

By Laurie Young, KF16, Indonesia

A little over 4 months ago Kiva welcomed a new field partner headquartered in Jakarta, VisionFund Indonesia (VFI). VFI operates out of the two largest cities in Indonesia: Jakarta and Surabaya. Because it’s a relatively new relationship, a fellow has yet to spend time with VFI or be placed in Jakarta. That’s where I enter this story. I’m working with VFI to help them move from a pilot to active status. If you would like to learn more about the pilot to active process, a former fellow (Amber...

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