Fellows Blog Posts by Zack Turner, KFP Coordinator

May 22, 2009

Training week for the 8th class of Kiva Fellows (KF8) is wrapping up our fifth and final day.  We have another remarkable class of 27 people who will soon be heading to 18 different countries to work with Kiva’s MFI field partners.

This morning I got word that a couple of KF7′s were collaborating on a response to this new class of fellows and we made sure that the KF8 trainees watched each hilarious video.

KF8 viewing Brett Dobb's video from Kenya


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Mar 31, 2009

The first quarter of 2009 has seen many amazing stories from Kiva Fellows in the field. Let’s take a look back at some of the remarkable blog posts you may have missed! Top 5 most viewed blog entries:

With almost 6000 views, Kieran Ball takes the internet community by storm with his post featuring a phenomenal video tracking a loan from London to Cambodia. You can also view the translated Spanish and French versions of the video here: Un Punado de Dolares/ Une Poignee de Dollars.

  • Fistful of Dollars: The Story of a Kiva.org Loan by...
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    Jan 29, 2009

    Back at Kiva HQ, KF7 has made it to the the forth of five days of training. Tonight we are having the first “New Lender Challenge”.  Teams have been divided up from Kiva staff and KF7 and the team with the most successful invites by tomorrow wins a huge prize.  Please encourage your friends/family/contacts to register on Kiva tonight!

    Register here:


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    Sep 9, 2008 KE Kenya

    It has been sometime since I’ve updated for the Kiva Fellows blog. As cliché as it is lots has happened and I’ve promised a more in depth description of the impact of the post-election crisis on micro-finance. So in baseball terminology I offer a double header (or double-dip in the vernacular of the dugout). I wanted to separate the entries. This one is about my field partner. Below is an entry more specific to the violence and its impact on three remarkable women. I’ve been in Africa for two months and I thought I’d finally share more about my field partner, Opportunity International...

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    Sep 9, 2008 KE Kenya

    The last several weeks I’ve been traveling all over West Kenya visiting groups in the branch offices of OI-Wedco to do journal updates. I return back to Kisumu with a deeply somber heart. A few weeks ago in Kakemega I met two Kikuyu single mothers from a Kiva funded group. They told me about how they lost everything after the post-election violence. During the turmoil their shop and clothing stock was burned because of their tribal background. They fled to an IDP (internally displaced persons, essentially refugees in their own country) camp run by the UN and stayed for five months. They...

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    Aug 1, 2008 KE Kenya

    This past week Opportunity International-Wedco was able to finally report its loan repayments on Kiva and to its lenders (after pausing during the post-election crisis). Now I can jump into coordinating visits to do journal updates. Special thanks to the sick excel skills of my MPM, Ben Elberger.

    I wanted to share a quick funny story from my travels. Many of the fellows have mentioned the various forms of transportation that we get to take around our locations. In Kenya, matatu, tuk-tuk, and boda-boda’s are the transportation staples. Last week I was heading home after leaving...

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    Jul 13, 2008 KE Kenya

    I have made it safe and on time to my destination in Kisumu, Kenya. It has been a rush. Before I left, Dr. Omedi Ochieng, told me that nothing could prepared me to fully understand what Africa would be. Personal descriptions, books, photos, data, only go so far Prior to my departure I believed that I had a cerebral understanding of what Africa would be like, but being here the visceral experience is daunting.

    My head is slowly catching up and as I look around I know that Kiva and micro-...

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