Fellows Blog Posts by Nadia Anggraini

Apr 27, 2010 ID Indonesia

Nadia Anggraini, KF10, Indonesia

You’ve read all about what’s required to become a Kiva Fellow. Now here’s a look at what you need to actually survive a 12+ week placement*.

1) Flexibility, patience, and a healthy sense of humor

You’ve just spent three hours sweating it out on a public bus filled with chain-smoking men to get to one of your MFI’s branch offices, and then another hour on a bumpy and rainy motorbike ride up to a remote village by the mountains. “It’s worth it”, you tell yourself, “a lot of borrowers live in this one village, and...

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Apr 5, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Nadia Anggraini, KF10, Indonesia

Last night I lay in bed for almost an hour, unable to sleep. It wasn’t because I was getting eaten alive by the mosquito colony that seems to have taken up camp my room, nor was it because I wanted to follow in Bryan Goldfinger’s example and starting an insomniac-Kiva-Fellows tradition. I had visited a borrower today, and unlike past journal visits, I did not leave this one feeling inspired by the diligence and conscientiousness of the entrepreneur, or even introspective after witnessing the slow pace at which microfinance helping...

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Mar 19, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Nadia Anggraini, KF10

My butt (pardon the language) was hurting from hours of riding pillion on my MFI field officer’s motorbike, my lungs were working overtime to dispel toxic fumes emitted by the large trucks on the roads, and my heart was still recovering from multiple seizures from dodging kids, dogs, chicken and other random objects dashing across the streets. We were on hour four of a field visit, and we had visited a total of…three borrowers.

Having lived in a country that worships productivity for the past four years, I was starting to...

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Mar 11, 2010 ID Indonesia

You’re a pig farmer living in a village in West Bali. In the mornings you wake up, feed your pigs, get the children ready for school…the usual business. You’re just taking a break in the afternoon, right when the Balinese sun is at its hottest and people take shelter in the shade of their homes, when your loan officer comes zipping in on her motorbike. It’s not time for repayments, nor is it time for a group meeting with the other villagers who took a loan out with you, but you’re not surprised, as your loan officer often stops by for a chat when she’s in the area.

This time round,...

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