Nessa E. French

Fellows Blog Posts by Nessa E. French

May 31, 2012 KE Kenya

Olivia, one of the first full tuition Kiva loan students. http://www.kiva.org/lend/432412

Nessa E. French | KF 17 | Kenya

“Life will change for you now, please make us proud.”

“I hope you will be the president of Kenya someday.

These statements represent the high hopes that everyone at Strathmore University has for the first nine students who received full tuition loans through Kiva to pursue their undergraduate...

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May 23, 2012 KE Kenya

Kisumu borders Lake Victoria.

Borrower verifications can be the most rewarding part of a Kiva Fellow’s time in the field, they can also be the most challenging.  Traveling on your own for days through an unfamiliar part of the country, on less than ideal roads, bridges and buses can deflate even the strongest Kiva cheerleaders.  I would be lying if I did not say that the process of the BV [excluding meeting the borrowers] dropped me into an occasional trough of despair.

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Mar 20, 2012 KE Kenya

Nessa E. French | KF 17 | Kenya

  “An adventure!”

“…Efficient- it gave me an easy time to study.”

“…giving me a chance to complete my studies…”

“…it gave me hope to know that people were believing in me…”

“…made our dreams grow further…”

“Thank You”

These are just a few of the responses that the students at the Campus Kiva meeting gave when I asked them what...

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Feb 19, 2012 KE Kenya

Nessa E. French | KF 17 | Kenya

“I won the bet!”  I exclaimed on Friday afternoon as I did a victorious ‘raising of the roof’ dance.  The dance is better left to the imagination than any sort of visual.  The bet in question was one that two other colleagues and I made on how long it would take for Strathmore University’s first partial tuition loan to fund once it went live on Kiva’s website.

Of course, we did not bet on anything material — only glory. One of the Strathmore Kiva Coordinators who lost said, “I lost but it’s good, I’m happy to lose...

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