Mar 31, 2017 TJ Tajikistan

Hi Kiva Lenders,  Today I would like to share a story about a group of women whose hard work makes it possible for you to learn about the unique story of each Kiva borrower in Tajikistan. Let me introduce you to Nargiza, Fazilat and Nilufar, the all-star female Kiva team members from MDO Humo and Partners (Humo), one of my microfinance field partners in Tajikistan. 
The all-star female Kiva team members: Fazilat (left), Nilufar (middle) and Nargiza (right) standing in front of Humo's...
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Mar 26, 2017 MZ Mozambique

 

When you follow your heart, you can be anything but wrong. You can go anywhere but distant from yourself.

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The sound is new to me, but it's surely a welcoming one.

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Mar 24, 2017 CM Cameroon

Determination. Adaptability. Patience. Love. These are the key virtues you need when you embark on a journey through coffee and cocoa plantations in Cameroon, ready for an epic and folkloric adventure. Folks, next time that you enjoy your favourite chocolate bar or sip your matinal double expresso, I hope you’ll remember the stories that follow, the story of Joseph, Ella, Beatrice, Simon and many others who, hopefully, you will decide to support after reading this. Despite being the 5th biggest cocoa producer in the world, the...
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Mar 22, 2017 ML Mali

A group of Kiva borrowers
My intellectual curiosity and passion for asking questions is what led me to pursue further studies in Finance; however, my interest in the microfinance sector is also long standing. At Kiva, I could combine both by taking up a fellowship position whereby I will be working with kiva field partners in three francophone African countries including my home country Mali. At the beginning of February, I started my fellowship with RMCR, which is a Malian Microfinance Institution (MFI) providing... Continue Reading >>


Mar 14, 2017 KE Kenya

Sanergy launched its first toilet, the Fresh Life Toilets (FLT) in November 2011.
Fresh life, live fresh... providing good sanitation
From then Sanegry has been working in slum areas of Nairobi, including Kwa Njenga, Mathare, Kwa Reuben, Makadara, Kamukunji, providing sanitation services. During my one month at Sanergy I was eager to understand how Sanergy is living to fulfil its brand name, Fresh life, and how can toilets bring fresh life, worst still in slum areas. With my little knowledge of slum areas in Nairobi, I... Continue Reading >>


Mar 6, 2017 MZ Mozambique

Student crossing the railway as we drive by in search of a borrower's house

In the past 3 weeks I've had the opportunity to visit dozens of Kiva-supported borrowers, funded by hundreds of generous individuals worldwide, thanks to Kiva's local partner Hluvuku-Adsema, in Mozambique, Africa. Each visit was unique on its own and each individual I met could have their own biopic. But, given my filming skills (or the complete lack thereof) I was more interested in hearing their stories and how the loans changed their...

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Jan 17, 2017 LR Liberia

It is easy to notice that the majority of expatriates in Liberia live in a bubble, a world of security, running water, working toilets, electricity, and even air-conditioning and gyms for the lucky ones. What is harder to remain aware of is that Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city, itself lies in a bubble. Despite the lack of toilets and electricity for the vast majority, Monrovia is, by Liberian standards, a land of privilege. In “the bush”, as it’s called, food security is still a huge issue. Most people are subsistence farmers, and they are often unable to grow enough food to sustain... Continue Reading >>


Jan 12, 2017 KE Kenya

As a Kiva Fellow in Kenya, I have had the privilege to work with farmers from Kiva’s partner, Asante Foundation. It’s an exciting time right now, as farmers are harvesting their first ginger crop that they planted in April. One borrower I met was Juma, an experienced maize farmer and a father of three who took a risk this year to venture into ginger farming.    
Juma with his ginger harvest. Juma will use the income to buy land, build a house, and send his children to school.
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Dec 29, 2016 LR Liberia

Banjor Community is a wonderful area. It has friendly people, beautiful beaches, a gym, a golf course, the ruins of what was once West Africa’s largest hotel, over 160 schools, and now, thanks to Joseph Pambu, a computer lab and training program. The one thing this community lacks is electricity. Despite its location only a few miles from Liberian Electricity Corporation’s (LEC) headquarters, District #17, where Banjor Community is located in rural Montserrado, has not had electricity for 20 years. The copper wiring was stolen during the war, and Liberia’s government has not yet gotten... Continue Reading >>


Dec 25, 2016 GH Ghana

One of the fun parts about a Kiva Fellowship is the chance to pick up new skills that may come in handy down the road. I’m happy to report that thanks to my work with Kiva partner ASA Initiative, I have not only mastered Clean Cookstoves 101 but can now add welding to my resume under “miscellaneous skills.”

In addition to offering business and agriculture loans, ASA is leading efforts to bring green energy to Ghana’s Central Region. Elsa...

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