Stories tagged with Philippines

Jan 1, 2010 PH Philippines

by Josh Weinstein, KF9 Philippines

How do you define poverty?   A basic needs index looks at whether (and to what extent) fundamental needs are fulfilled – food, water, shelter, clothing – and whether people have access to critical services – education, information (newspapers, etc.), sanitation facilities, healthcare, financial services.  This is an absolute poverty calculation, which uses a standard threshold that can be compared across countries and continents.  Another method is to use a national poverty line, usually a...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

Mary Riedel, KF9, Philippines

It’s that day of the year when we look forward with hope as we let go of last year’s demons and angels; as they say, “let go or get dragged!” So we put on those funny hats, blow those horns, and dance like we just don’t care!

To inspire you this New Years I’ve collected some dance footage of Kiva Fellows bustin’ a move in the field at their respective Kiva Field Partners (Microfinance Institutes). Each fellow recalls feeling a little trepidatious at getting out on the...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

Recently I attended a centre meeting with one of PMPC’s loan officers. I sat down beside a woman who smiled broadly but did not want to give me her name or have her picture taken since she hadn’t prepared for it, which, in the heat and humidity of the Philippines, I could certainly understand. I asked her if she was a borrower and she said no, she wasn’t. She was a member of the centre, which meant that she was a PMPC-client but only had a savings account. She re-paid her last business loan but decided not to take another one out. When I asked her why not, she told me, laughing “Pagod...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

I promise that not all my blogs will be about food. This will be a pretty hard promise to keep- especially when my very first post breaks that promise right from the start.

I’m the newest Kiva Fellow at Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Northwestern Mindanao, Philippines. I’m also a native Filipino who was born and raised in Manila but just happened to spend the last ten-odd years of my life living and working in other parts of the world. This means that every time I do go home, I eat an inordinate amount of Filipino food. Filipino food has got a bad rap from critics...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Prem Thomas, KF9, Philippines

I thought my coworkers at the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) were just recycling balloons from the last birthday party to save money, but a coworker told me that “It’s Jesus’s birthday.”

As I prepare to celebrate my first Christmas away from family, the Christmas spirit has become overwhelming with carols being played since I arrived in Manila in early October. People say the Philippines starts celebrating in months that end in “ber,” so Christmas is really a four-month event here....

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Ujwal Kharel KF9

This is a collection of video excerpts from Christmas parties at few of the CCT branches. They sure know how to have fun here .

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Join the CCT lending team at http://www.kiva.org/team/cct today.

Learn more about CCT at the CCT’s partner page http://www.kiva.org/about/aboutPartner?id=144

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

Sharing snack with the Galvez family

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have just spent the last three days sweating, bumping, and meeting new borrowers out in the field. My butt is exhausted from sitting on endless metal seats transporting me from one borrower interview to the next.  I have met some incredible women along the way, but I have reached a point at the end of the third day, when I am exhausted and think I can take no more. Then I meet one of the most amazing families....

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Edward O. Coambs Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Philippines

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Please give the video a few minutes to load, it is well worth the watch.

Lorna Sagario has just shared her business with you. She makes clay pots for a living. When I came to center 35 to observe their weekly repayment meeting I was met with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Of all the centers...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

By Adam Preston, KF9, Philippines

ASKI client performs beachside karaoke before annual client meeting

I was perusing through my IPhoto gallery when it occurred to me, I am almost done here.  Since October, I have been working at the head office of Alalay sa Kaumlarun or ASKI.  I have been on two week long field visits, a day trip to deliver relief goods to typhoons victims, 4 ASKI client annual meetings, and even day of team building through sports and exercise,...

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Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

The road to the home of a Kiva borrower

by Josh Weinstein, KF9 Philippines

I spent the last three days in “the field,” a term used to describe the front lines of microfinance where the money is distributed to the clients of the MFI.  Beginning early Tuesday morning, I set out for the town of Valladolid, a rural municipality about 50 km from Bacolod City.  The road snakes along the coast through increasingly less urban communities, until reaching...

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