Fellows Blog Posts by Nick

Mar 3, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Nick Lewis Kiva Fellows 10th Class–Bali, Indonesia

As you drive through the small village of Blimbingsari in northwest Bali, you immediately notice two things; the first is that this is a Christian village, of note because Bali is 94% Hindu, 5% Muslim and only 1% Christian. In fact, this is the largest Christian community in Bali. The second thing you notice is that the homes in Blimbingsari appear to be in much better condition than those of neighboring villages. They are all brick or cement, have ceramic-tile roofs and attractive paint-jobs...

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Feb 3, 2010 ID Indonesia

Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky, Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes all the same. There’s a green one and a pink one And a blue one and a yellow one, And they’re all made out of ticky tacky And they all look just the same.

In 1962 the folk artist Malvina Reynolds wrote this song to describe the suburban development she saw in the communities south of San Francisco. While the hills of San Francisco are about as far away from the hills of Bali, Indonesia as can be—both literally and metaphorically—these lyrics popped in to my head...

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Jan 28, 2010 ID Indonesia

By Nick Lewis, KF10 Indonesia

Ok FREEZE. What’s the first image that pops into your head when I say…….Bali.

Chances are it has very little to do with poverty and almost certainly has nothing to do with microfinance or the Kiva Fellows program. In fact, it probably doesn’t even have much to do with local Indonesians. When most people think about the “island of the gods”, as it is known in Indonesia, they picture honeymooners sipping exotic drinks while relaxing on pristine beaches, verdant rice terraces, or world-class surfers tackling some of the most famous breaks...

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