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Jul 1, 2010 AM Armenia

By Peter Tashjian, KF11 Armenia

10 Random Things I Learned during my Kiva Fellowship:

1. Most people are good but carry memories of bad experiences. As soon as they address and resolve their interpretation of those experiences, their outlook on life improves almost immediately.

2. It’s a very emotional and life changing experience when a Kiva “Borrower Profile” you helped post is funded by hundreds of amazing “strangers” from around the world. Seeing the smiling faces of these lenders is very empowering.

3. Though the media...

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Jun 14, 2010 AM Armenia

“I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

Kiva – Loans that change Lives.

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Jun 1, 2010 AM Armenia

By Peter Tashjian, KF11 Armenia

Recently, some interesting data was brought to my attention. Apparently women entrepreneurs are able to raise funds more quickly than men in the world of Kiva. My initial reaction was that this is wrong. The people I know would treat both men and women equally. Why then is it that people seem to more readily lend to women? I know from history, some quite recent, where women have had less rights than men.

“Woman suffrage in the United States was achieved gradually at state and local levels, during the 19th Century and early 20th...

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May 19, 2010 AM Armenia

By Peter Tashjian, KF11 Armenia

A few days ago I visited the Noratus region of Armenia where the highest concentration of Khachkars (stone-crosses) can be found. Upon arrival I noticed an elderly lady quickly climbing up a small hill. My first reaction was, what is she doing and why? I was rather surprised to see her climb this rather steep small hill at her age and her determination seemed unwavering. I few minutes later it became clear. She was trying to reach a group of tourists to sell hand knitted goods.

She was helping her son’s small...

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May 10, 2010 AM Armenia

By Peter Tashjian, KF11 Armenia

This is the title of an essay of one of my favorite thinkers, Michel De Montaigne. Per the author of the book “Michel De Montaigne, The complete Essays”, “Montaigne, despite his own mastery of language, despised words and admired deeds.” In the spirit of this essay, I’m going to keep this blog short and to the point.

What is microfinance? Per Wikipedia.org, “Microfinance is the provision of financial services to low-income clients, including consumers and the self-employed, who traditionally lack access to banking and related...

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May 4, 2010 AM Armenia

By Peter Tashjian, KF11 Armenia

I guess that depends on what our understanding of the “world” is. Some have a limited view of the world and others very broad. For example, during love scenes in movies and mimicked exactly by viewers in real life, one partner looks into the eyes of another and romantically states, “you are my world”. Most watching the movie usually take a deep breath and release a longing sigh at the seeming beauty of the sentiment, though logically or practically speaking I have no idea what this means.

While we go around looking for that one...

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Apr 23, 2010 AM Armenia

By Peter Tashjian, KF11 Armenia

The last time I was this excited about a “network” was when I first used a browser to search the web.  Kiva goes where Google “Search” stops.  Kiva reaches the isolated and disconnected and connects them to “us”.  Google can only find and index the “connected”.  By reaching those not yet on the “Grid”, Kiva provides a platform to give the voiceless a voice and a face.  Like Google, Kiva is not perfect and is a work in progress but like Google its potential is limited only by our imagination.  Kiva like Google is a...

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