Shirley

Fellows Blog Posts by Shirley

Sep 19, 2010 KH Cambodia

By Shirley Fong, KF12, Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea, Cambodia

It’s one of those places you won’t find unless you go looking for it – the slums of Chak Angre Leo.  Located in the outer khan (district) of Meanchey in Cambodia’s capital city, the slums are a stark contrast from the familiar communities and gated residences in central Phnom Penh.

I accompanied Tida, an AMK credit officer, to assess some of these urban poor settlements in Chak Angre Leo.  As we drove down the main road, we took an unexpected turn into a narrow alleyway. The walls of the entrance were...

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Aug 29, 2010 KH Cambodia

By Shirley Fong, KF12, Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea, Cambodia

It’s a bird… it’s a plane… no, it’s an AMK credit officer!

Much like a superhero, credit officers are the understated motor that keeps the loan system running.  Their continued daily gruel brings loaned monies to those who need it.  After a day in the field, I am worn down to the fibers of my soul from the long hours of heat exhaustion, heavy rain (during Cambodia’s monsoon season), and navigating a loud, clunky motorcycle on unpaved roads mapless. But I realize I have no reason to complain – credit...

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Aug 15, 2010 KH Cambodia

By Shirley Fong, KF12, Angkor Mikroheranhvatho Kampuchea, Cambodia

I’ve made it through my first week here in Cambodia, and so far it has been amazing! I still get the occasional, “Why are you doing this?” question from curious friends and family back at home, and my answer to them is “Why not?” My decision to become a Kiva fellow was easy; I wanted to gain hands on experience in microfinance. Yesterday, I went out to the field for the first time to meet the borrowers. I was thoroughly humbled and inspired by the people I met and the stories that they had to tell. I am...

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