Sep 18, 2008

I am Eviatar Frankel, the new Kiva Fellow for Samoa. Starting in October, I will be spending three months working with South Pacific Business Development (SPBD), the MFI there. Afterward, I will probably be going to Vietnam for another three months, but we’re working on that. Currently, I am in San Francisco for a week long training for all the fellows in this sixth class. It’s been a great experience so far- learning all about microfinance and Kiva, meeting some great people, and having some good fun. The amount of information is empowering, but the complexity can be intimidating at times. At least we get to participate in fun activities like skits and practicing writing a blog. Hanging out with Kiva employees and my fellow fellows has been a lot of fun. I’ve never been so immersed in a group of kind, intelligent people concerned with the poverty around the world. In the evenings, we went to a sweet African restaurant, a cool (pun intended) trolly tour of the city, salsa dancing, and enjoyed some delicious margaritas. I’m already starting to miss this experience, but I will try to focus on enjoying it while it lasts. I look forward to posting more from beautiful Samoa.

View of The Bridge from the Trolly Tour

View of The Bridge from the Trolly Tour

Cheers!

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