Sep 11, 2014 IN India

In clay pot: Ras Malai (my favorite); On plate: Rasgulla and Gulab Jamun
I was recently in Kolkata, India for a Kiva fellowship to work with BJS, one of Kiva's partners, to visit its borrowers and help develop catalytic loan products to further reach underserved populations.  Kolkata is a dynamic, vibrant city that is a marriage of the modernized and the developing. It was a captivating experience to be there, meet the people I met, and be a part of the local community, an intertwining of passions and... Continue Reading >>


Sep 9, 2014 TZ Tanzania

Experience the mystical, enchanting streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar, with Kiva Fellow Nina Patel: Continue Reading >>


Sep 9, 2014 CO Colombia

A key component of Kiva's efforts to connect people throughout the world is to partner with trustworthy and high-impact organizations.  While there are many notable microfinance institutions, not all meet Kiva's standards of being a Kiva Field Partner. Not Just Microcredit Kiva Field Partners go beyond providing sustainable microcredit services.  In order to highlight their outstanding efforts to serve their community's needs, Kiva created the Social Performance Badges.  Using the Social Performance Task Force's  definition of “social... Continue Reading >>


Sep 8, 2014 KE Kenya

My first boda experience in Kenya occurred on a wet morning, in the pitch-black darkness that is the 5 o'clock hour, on uneven dirt roads winding through the rural farmland of Isibania, Kenya.  I was wearing the broken helmet of a former Kiva Fellow who had been in a motorcycle accident in exactly these conditions.   The beauty of being a person afflicted with many fears is that is doesn’t take much to experience an adrenaline rush.  In this situation, I might as well have been free climbing Mt. Kenya for the amount of dopamine that was rushing through my brain.  My... Continue Reading >>


Sep 7, 2014 ZW Zimbabwe

After spending 1.5 months in Zimbabwe I wanted to share some of the not-so-commonly-known facts and some of my observations about this beautiful country and its people. I tried to compile my favorite 10 facts below: 1. Everyone is extremely friendly and warm. 2. Zimbo’s have a very weird english accent. To me, it sounds like a mix of British and Jamaican accents. 3. In addition to the accent, Zimbo’s have also adopted the character of the...
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Aug 28, 2014 PE Peru

Photograph by Zach Land-Miller, KF23
To foreigners, Peruvians, and many Limeños alike, San Juan de Lurigancho is merely an underdeveloped, overcrowded, and unsafe district nestled into one of the peaks on Lima’s perimeter, called el cerro San Cristobal. Their exposure to the district is often limited to glimpsing its distant multi-colored homes from the center of Lima or driving through the area in order to reach the summit’s iconic cross, la Cruz del Cerro San Cristobal, where panoramic views of the city await.... Continue Reading >>


Aug 26, 2014 KE Kenya

Check out Kiva's most recent Exposure post, featuring inspiring stories of borrowers doing everything from sheltering orphans to creating a safe space for HIV-positive people: Continue Reading >>


Aug 14, 2014 CO Colombia

 
For the last 57 years Medellin has celebrated los silleteros (pictured above), the men and women who used to carry people and cargo on their backs on chairs, including carrying the sick to doctors. Los silleteros are celebrated at the 10 day Feria de Las Flores (Festival of Flowers), which proved once again that Colombians know how to dance, eat, celebrate their culture and work hard. On any given day of the Festival of Flowers you could find at least 20 events, exhibits or concerts occuring all over the city and surrounding... Continue Reading >>


Aug 13, 2014 US United States

Working with a borrower like Athene inspires me because she represents true ambition and commitment; both traits that are essential in becoming successful as an entrepreneur.  Athene is the owner of Sweet Pea Prop Shop, an online store that sells newborn clothing to professional photographers as props. She created her business in an effort to re-integrate into a slowly recovering economy and to convert her dreams of entrepreneurship and creative self-expression into a reality. Her challenge to date has been keeping up with demand, which is why she needs a loan: she needs to hire... Continue Reading >>


Aug 8, 2014 KE Kenya

“We don’t think life can be more bad than here in Kenya right now…. we wish this to end soon,” says Joyce a 19-year-old Congolese refugee and single mother of two.  In 2009, at the age of 15, Joyce and her family fled the war in Umoja, Democratic Republic of Congo in search of safe land. One day they heard on the radio that there was safety in Kenya. After two months of traveling, they arrived in Nairobi, with only enough money for some food, transport and the clothes on their back.  After registering with the United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees and the government’s... Continue Reading >>


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