Update from the Field: Starting Capital, Development Levels + Adventurous Borrower Visits

Compiled by Kathrin Gerner, KF16, Rwanda

Indonesia (by Laurie Young)

This week on the Kiva fellows blog, start your journey in Indonesia and read about some early lessons of a Kiva fellow. Then continue on to the Americas to take part in El Salvador’s independence day celebrations, find out how to start a business with 26 cents in Honduras, learn about the different levels of development of Bolivia and Sierra Leone, and finally go on an adventurous borrower visit in Nicaragua.

New City, New Field Partner: Getting to know VisionFund Indonesia (Part 2 of 2)
Country: Indonesia / Fellow: Laurie Young (KF16)

Laurie shares some of the lessons she has learned at Vision Fund Indonesia.

I love saying ‘cachiporras’
Country: El Salvador / Fellow: Andrea Ramirez (KF16)

Andrea shares some impressions of El Salvador’s independence day.

WWYD with 5 Lempiras?
Country: Honduras / Fellow: Sandra Pina (KF16)

Sandra demonstrates that with 5 lempiras (26 cents), it is possible to start a business.

Same Rung of the Ladder?
Country: Bolivia / Fellow: Eric Rindal (KF16)

Eric compares the level of development in the two countries he has visited as a Kiva fellow: Sierra Leone and Bolivia.

Borrower Verification–Part 1 (Locked Out)
Country: Nicaragua / Fellow: Jason Jones (KF16)

Jason shares one of his more adventurous borrower visits, when he found the client “home” but not in the general sense of the word.

Borrower Verification–Part II (Mom, I Don’t Feel So Well)
Country: Nicaragua / Fellow: Jason Jones (KF16)

Jason’s adventure continues, when he returns to the same borrower for a second visit, but this time his troubles already start on the bus.

Updates from the past month:
Going Pilot to Active, Meeting Borrowers + Technology and Social Performance
Costs of Kiva, Donkey Shares + the Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns
Loan Sharks, Snapshots + “the Country with a Smile”
Motorcycles, Ramadan + A Dollar a Day
Working Animals, Green Microfinance + The Ends of the Earth

Plus more pictures from the past week:

Indonesia (by Laurie Young)

El Salvador (by Andrea Ramirez)

Honduras (by Sandra Pina)

Bolivia (by Eric Rindal)

Nicaragua (by Jason Jones)

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.