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Oct 24, 2010 UG Uganda

Sarah Curl, KF12 Uganda

Here is a photo diary of what I have seen in Uganda over the past three months.

Sarah Curl is a Kiva Fellow serving in Kampala, Uganda.  She is working at Pearl Microfinance while spending time navigating the taxi park and logging some serious hours on busses, matatus and bodas all over Uganda.

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Oct 21, 2010 UG Uganda

By Sarah Curl, KF 12 Uganda

It’s five thirty in the morning and my cell phone that functions as an alarm, telephone, clock and flashlight is going off.  The sound starts off soothing but gets more obnoxious as the minutes pass.  I reach out but my bed net is blocking my access to the blaring sound.  I fumble around the bed net and find some opening to reach out and turn my alarm off.  This morning is the start of a long day which consists of traveling to a branch that is five hours away.  As I quickly get up, I stumble around and find clothes that appear appropriate in the dark.  I...

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Sep 23, 2010 UG Uganda

By Sarah Curl, KF 12 Uganda

After eight weeks in the field, I have logged some serious hours in matatus and buses.  I thought I would share some of the things I come across on a day to day basis.   Here is a short observational video of Uganda.

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Please keep in mind that keeping a steady hand on a flip camera while on the back of a motorcycle or matatu is not an easy task.  I apologize in advance for the unsteady video clips.

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Sep 1, 2010 UG Uganda

By Sarah Curl, KF12 Uganda

Prior to finding myself in the middle of Uganda,  I had the opportunity to be an intern at Kiva Headquarters in San Francisco working in the Customer Service Department for the past seven months.  I talked and emailed with lenders daily about everything from their excitement and sometimes disappointment with microfinance to needing their password changed on their Kiva account.  If you emailed contactus@kiva.org between the months of November through May, most likely I communicated with you.  Talking to thousands of lenders during my time at Kiva...

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Aug 24, 2010 UG Uganda

By Sarah Curl, KF12 Uganda

I have spent the last two weeks in Kampala, Uganda learning how to adapt to a country that is very different from the one I’ve known for the last twenty-three years.  It has taken some patience, some meltdowns and some courage to continue on.  In the last two weeks, I have had my luggage lost, been chased by a crazy man with a branch and peed on by a child on a mini-bus.

When I arrived in Entebbe, Uganda after traveling for over twenty-four hours from Los Angeles to Detroit to Amsterdam and finally to Entebbe, I found out my luggage was...

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