Oct 13, 2014 BJ Benin, KE Kenya, NI Nicaragua, ZM Zambia, ZW Zimbabwe
By Margo Brookfield
Photos from the Field

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Kiva Fellow? What sites do they see, what do they eat, and what is it like where they are? Kiva’s 24th class of fellows departed for their different locations around the world back in May of this year, and for many their time in the field has recently come to a close. Here are some of our favorite moments from the field to give you a taste of what these fellows have been up to:



Kiva Fellow Ayse Sabuncu stood at a landmark beauty, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local dialect of Tonga, meaning “ the smoke that thunders.”


Kiva Zip Fellow Nina Patel took in the beautiful colors of a traditional Kenyan market, including the grains and legumes of local Zip borrower Esther.


No problems in Kenya for fellow Yamaoka, who got a friendly reminder on the road.


Fellow Jennifer Turner was amazed daily at the ability men and women in Benin have to carry things on their heads. We would have toppled that bucket in minutes!


Kiva Fellows are fearless: Ayse Sabuncu hung out with a lion in her spare time at the Lions Antelope Park in Zimbabwe.


Traci Yoshiyama became familiar with this village road in Kenya; in fact, she decided to return for her fellowship to continue working with microfinance in the area.


Will Rosenheimer got a taste of a typical Nicaraguan breakfast of rice and beans, eggs, homemade tortillas, cheese, and fried plantains. Yum!


Kiva Fellow Stephanie Skinner snapped a perfect shot of another fellow in the field during their time working in Kenya.

 

Comments

Loved the photos! Thanks for sharing and doing such a great job!

If only Kiva had been around when I was young enough to have participated! Oh the regret!

Excellent pictures, each telling a story. Thanks!

Thank you for the lovely pictures. More, please!

Thank you for the lovely photos! More from Latin America, next time, please.

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Margo was born and raised a Midwestern girl from Kansas City. She recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a major in International Studies focusing in comparative development in Francophone Africa, and has studied both French and Spanish in college. Last year she studied social pluralism and development with the School for International Training in Cameroon, focusing her thesis research on the impacts of education on Muslim girls in the northern city of Ngaoundéré. Margo has been a big supporter of Kiva for a number of years and is very excited to finally put all of her studies in development into practice and work to affect positive change in the world. In her spare time you can find her hiking, baking, reading a good book, spending time with her family (including her six nieces and nephews), or planning her next big adventure!

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