It’s been four months since Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, tore through the Philippines and displaced 4 million people.
On a recent trip to Tacloban City and the surrounding coastal areas that were devastated by the storm, Kiva staff members saw the level of destruction first hand, and heard heartbreaking stories of loss of life and property. They also saw met many locals determined to rebuild.
Kiva's Field Partner in Tacloban, NWTF, created a special Disaster Recovery loan product to enable their clients to buy the basic materials needed to rebuild their homes. The organization is also offering bridge loans that will help clients restart businesses that were destroyed in the typhoon. The Disaster Recovery loans began listing in late February and are already having a noticeable effect on the ground.
Stay tuned for more reports from Philippines from Meg Gray, Associate Manager of Field Support at Kiva, and Jomay Liu, Kiva’s Knowledge Manager.
Talea is excited to combine her love for powerful storytelling and her digital strategy experience. She comes to Kiva from the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she managed digital strategy for the foundation's consumer-focused PSA campaigns. Prior to that she was a reporter and producer at the PBS NewsHour for five years. At the NewsHour she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the developing world as part of the program's global health unit, covering a wide range of stories including the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, doctor shortages in Tanzania and the mistreatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia. In addition to being a news junkie, Talea enjoys photography, hiking and attempting to paint. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism and is originally from Maryland. So she also knows a lot about horses.