Fellows Blog Posts by bluepotatokiva

Oct 26, 2011 KH Cambodia

By Dave Weber, KF16 Cambodia

Corporate logo changes are common.  It’s rare to find a company that has maintained their corporate logo since opening their business.  Corporate name changes, however, are more rare.  In 2011 CREDIT in Cambodia is in the process of changing both.

I promised myself that I would only show a couple examples of corporate logo changes, but these were too interesting to not share with our loyal Kiva blog subscribers.

Apple went from (1) a frontier Isaac Newton phase to (2) a “more gay rights for the bay...

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Oct 17, 2011 KH Cambodia

By Dave Weber, KF16 Cambodia

In addition to the financial services provided by CREDIT World Relief, a Kiva field partner in Cambodia, they also have a unique program called the Vulnerable Services Unit (VSU) program which gives gifts to their poorest clients.  I had the opportunity to attend the distribution of these gifts during my third week at CREDIT and it was a special experience.

CREDIT analyzes their loan portfolio and determines which of their clients have the greatest financial need.  These are clients that are borrowing as little as $12.50 on loans through...

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Oct 5, 2011 KH Cambodia

By Dave Weber, KF16 Cambodia

On 22-September I had the opportunity to join Davuth Seat, whose responsibilities now include Kiva coordination at VisionFund Cambodia, on a trip to the Kandal Province south of Phnom Penh to collect data on their first 3 Kiva clients.

Davuth Seat, Kiva Coordinator at VisionFund Cambodia

We left VisionFund’s Phnom Penh headquarters at 7:30am in a pickup truck and drove 90 minutes south to a VisionFund branch in the Kandal...

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Sep 16, 2011 KH Cambodia

By Dave Weber, KF16 Cambodia

The microfinance industry has been slow to adopt information and communication technologies (ICTs) (Ivatury 2004, CGAP 2009).  Everett Rogers, in his 1962 book Diffusion of Innovations, suggests that adoption of technology follows an s-shaped curve.  In other words, adoption starts slowly and picks up pace before slowing down.  He also suggested that adopters of technology (whether they be individuals, organizations, industries, or economies) can be segregated into one of 5 categories in a normal distribution as shown the chart below:...

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Sep 2, 2011

By Dave Weber, KF16 Cambodia

The Kiva Stories from the Field blog is nearing 1,000,000 views so the KF16 and remaining KF15 teams are jockeying for the post which receives the milestone view.  For most blog visitors, the idea of reading a blog post about an economic principle is about as appealing as polishing off a platter of pig snout, ears, stomach, tongue, and congealed blood, which I participated in yesterday here at CREDIT.

I promise that my blog post will be interesting and educational.  Blogging geniuses suggest that good blog posts should begin with...

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