Update from the Field: Loan Officer Training, a Photographic Journey + Kiva Gift Cards

Compiled by Kathrin Gerner, KF16, Rwanda

Fishing at the coast of Sierra Leone (by Tejal Desai)

December has long been the month of annual awards, looking back and frantic searches for presents. The Kiva fellows blog is no exception to this rule: Share the fellows’ memories by taking a photographic journey through Sierra Leone and watching a video about a typical day of a fellow conducting loan officer trainings. Learn about some incredible women in Costa Rica, who received a Woman Entrepreneur Award from Kiva’s field partner, Fundación Mujer. And to avoid the frantic searches this year, consider surprising your loved ones with the gift that keeps on giving, the Kiva Gift Card.

A Typical Day in the Life of a Kiva Fellow: Loan Officer Training (Video Blog Post)
Country: Ecuador / Fellow: Emmanuel von Arx (KF16)

Emmanuel’s video blog shows that a typical day of a Kiva fellow does not always involve meeting borrowers.

Swit Salone: A Journey in Photos
Country: Sierra Leone / Fellow: Tejal Desai (KF16)

Tejal takes her camera along to document her journey through the beautiful country of Sierra Leone and its capital city, Freetown.

Women of the Year
Country: Costa Rica / Fellow: Andrea Ramirez (KF16)

Andrea shares her experience as a member of the jury for Fundación Mujer’s 8th annual Woman Entrepreneur Awards.

The Do-Gooder’s 2011 Guide to Responsible Giving: Kiva Cards
Country: Peru / Fellow: Kate Bennett (KF16)

Kate makes a personal pitch for the Kiva Gift Card, a gift that keeps on giving.

Updates from the past month:
Autonomy, Sierra Leone and the 2011 Kiva Love Tour
Adapting for Borrowers by Borrowers, Microinsurance +SKFL
New Products in Microfinance, Over-Indebtedness + Transparency
Earthquakes, 5Ks + The Pain of Sickness and Loss
Expanding the Reach of Microfinance, Downsizing Development + Why We Kiva

Plus more pictures from the past week:

Sierra Leone (Tejal Desai)

Costa Rica (by Andrea Ramirez)

Kiva Gift Card (by Kate Bennett)

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.