Update from the Field: Working Animals, Green Microfinance + The Ends of the Earth

Compiled by Kathrin Gerner, KF15, Togo

Black Rhino in Swaziland (by Tim Young)

This week, learn how microfinance could help working animals and their wild cousins in Senegal. Find out more about pigs in Indonesia and how pig waste can be put to good use with biogas digesters. Then understand more about the infrastructure difficulties facing a Kiva partner in Sierra Leone.

Working Animals, Conservation & Microfinance
Country: Senegal / Fellow: Tim Young (KF15)

Tim considers two successful examples of organizations working with local communities to improve the livelihoods of working animals and their wild cousins.

Green Microfinance: Backyard Biogas in Bali, Indonesia
Country: Indonesia / Fellow: Anne Conlin (KF15)

Anne tells us how MUK is trying to put pig waste to good use by installing biogas digesters in the backyards of successful pig borrowers.

To the Ends of the Earth
Country: Sierra Leone / Fellow: Eric Rindal (KF15)

Eric sheds some light on the issues facing a Kiva partner in a country with an unreliable power supply and finicky fuel costs.

Updates from the past month:
Poverty Assessments, Bush Taxis + Meeting “My” Borrower
Externalities, New Faces + Loans that Change Lives
Zulu Weddings, More Country-Specific Microfinance + Fighting Crime
Roads, Remittances + the “Little Paris” of Togo
New Partners, Country-Specific Microfinance + Stories of a Kiva Fellowship

Plus more pictures from the past week:

Senegal (by Tim Young)

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Indonesia (by Anne Conlin)

Sierra Leone (by Eric Rindal)

About the author

Kathrin Gerner

As the Field Support Specialist for Francophone Africa, Kathrin works with Kiva partners to make sure they get the most out of working with Kiva, and to ensure that Kiva responds effectively to partners' changing needs. Kathrin previously served as a Kiva Fellow Togo and Rwanda and holds a B.S. in International Trade & Finance. After working at Deloitte as a Senior Consultant for four years, she decided to leave the corporate world to spend a year exploring several countries in East Asia and Africa. Her journey has now led her to Kigali, Rwanda, where she is based when she is not visiting Kiva partners in Francophone Africa. Kathrin is fluent in German and French and she is currently working on her Kinyarwanda.