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Oct 10, 2009 BO Bolivia

By Suzy Marinkovich, KF9

“Gender-based violence … is ubiquitous in much of the developing world, inflicting far more casualties than any war. Surveys suggest that about one third of all women world-wide face beatings in the home. Women aged fifteen through forty-four are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined. A major study by the World Health Organization has found that in most countries, between 30 and 60 percent of women experience physical or sexual violence by a husband or boyfriend...

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Oct 10, 2009 AM Armenia

By Brian Kelly, KF9, Armenia

“Life definitely just got a whole lot better.”  A simple few words, but ones that perfectly represent where I stand a week after completing training for the Kiva Fellows program.  Said by fellow KF9 Alana, this statement resonated with me as we headed to our graduation dinner.  49 of us had just completed a long week of training in all things Kiva, and in these short 5 days I realized how lucky I was to be a member of this 9th class of Kiva Fellows.

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Oct 10, 2009 TZ Tanzania

By Rebecca Corey, KF9 Tanzania

I’m sitting in terminal three at Dubai’s International Airport. The moving sidewalk beside me sounds like horses trotting on a packed dirt road. Since my 14-hour layover began a several hours ago, I’ve heard the Islamic call-to-prayer twice over the airport intercom system, followed soon after with enticing invitations to browse the duty-free shops that run down the center of the terminal. I should be sleeping, re-setting my internal clock, but the fluorescent lights and ribbons of Arabic that stream from the ceiling won...

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Sep 9, 2009

By Erica Dorn, KF7 and now Kiva Coordinator at ACCION USA

I spend a good chunk of my time at ACCION USA trying to explain to the entrepreneurs what Kiva is, and why they should be as excited as I am to get their profiles on the internet so regular people can lend to them. So, you can imagine my surprise when an ACCION USA borrower, Dan, told me he found out about ACCION USA through Kiva’s website, instead of the other way around!

Dan and his self-designed greeting cards

Dan is certainly no stranger...

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Sep 9, 2009

By: Mary Riedel, KF9 Philippines

Hi, My name is Mary Riedel and I’m a Kiva Fellow in training! I leave for Cabanatuan City, Philippines within days (pending successful Kiva Fellows graduation of course)! I  should be packing my apartment up in San Francisco as I write this but I’ve started playing with some video editing software and can’t stop! I’m trying to learn how to create some cool videos for the Kiva Fellows Blog. This is pretty new for me so I hope you’ll hang with me and my rookie video posts – hopefully you can watch them get...

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Sep 9, 2009 PH Philippines

Hello All Fans of Kiva,

My name is Ed Coambs and I am very excited to be joining the Kiva fellows team. I am in San Francisco, CA and the weather is great, the other fellows are amazing and soon I will have great stories from the Philippines to share.

Best Wishes,


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Sep 9, 2009 BO Bolivia

By Suzy Marinkovich, KF9 Bolivia

We can’t get enough of them.  We love them so much that they even have their own lending team of fans and a discussion on KivaFriends.  Whether they are made of straw or soft fabric, bowler, flat-brimmed, or a tiny saucer looking thing on our borrower’s heads – we just love them.

There is an old English adage that says, “If you want to get ahead in life, you should get yourself a hat.”

I like hats, and I’ll wear one every now and again – maybe for Opening Day in Del Mar or during a long hike to beat the heat (and, of course,...

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Sep 9, 2009 LR Liberia

“Damn, I can’t believe I got malaria again!”

That’s what I was thinking last week when I recognized the symptoms: fatigue, nausea, headache, pain at the base of the spine and lower back. I flashed back to 1991 when I first got the disease in the Congo and spent 2 weeks on my back with IV needles in my arm to force fluids into my body. “I’m so thirsty I could die.”  Literally.

Apparently the high-voltage mosquito-blasting tennis racket I’ve been using didn’t manage to zap all the little...

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Sep 9, 2009


Luis was one of the first Kiva borrowers I interviewed as a fellow at ACCION USA.  His sincerity and open heart are noticeable from the very beginning.

When Kiva’s president Premal Shah came to NYC during the domestic launch he had a chance to meet Luis.  As Premal, Gina Harman (ACCION USA CEO), Paul Quintero (ACCION USA CFO), and I began to talk to Luis about his road to...

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Sep 9, 2009 GH Ghana

Memories of Ghana

by Nancy Tuller, KF8, Ghana

I came to Ghana as a Kiva Fellow at a time when the entire country had been experiencing an economic turndown.  Since the beginning of this year, the Ghanaian currency has been losing value, prices have been creeping steadily upward, and the fishing and farming industries have been experiencing low outputs.  Ghanaians, even the relatively few who would be considered “well-to-do”, are feeling the pinch.  For the poor, who are...

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