Update from the Field: Instability, Trust + A New Home

Compiled by Kathrin Gerner, KF15, Togo

This week, the fellows in Africa continue to get their bearings in the field. Learn about the importance of trust in Cameroon, find out how political instability affects businesses and microfinance in Uganda, and take a trip to a fellow’s country mountain home in Cameroon.

Trust: Members of a trust group in Rwanda wait for their loan together (by Carolyn Nold)

Instability and Microfinance in Kampala
Country: Uganda / Fellow: Michele Wehle (KF15)

Michele learns about protests in Kampala and their effects on borrowers.

A Little Trust Goes a Long Way
Country: Rwanda / Fellow: Carolyn Nold (KF15)

Carolyn shares how the principle of trust allows both her and a Rwandan lending trust group to achieve their goals.

My Country Mountain Home
Country: Cameroon / Fellow: Faith Garlington (KF15)

Faith invites us to her new country mountain home in Uganda, which is a little bit like the one of her childhood in the Smoky Mountains of Knoxville, Tennessee, yet worlds apart.

Updates from the past month:
Unsung Heroes, Community Alliances + and Mission Statements Made Reality
Personal Connections, Supply and Demand + A Culinary Excursion
Farewells, Mistaken Identities + Micro-Microfinance
Earth Day, Celebrations + Exceeding Expectations
Trash, Delicious Treats + Community Outreach

Plus more pictures from the past week:

Uganda (by Michele Wehle)

Rwanda (by Carolyn Nold)

Cameroon (by Faith Garlington)

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.