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Dec 12, 2009 CR Costa Rica

By Karl Baumgarten, KF9, Costa Rica

Time Flies. I feel like I’ve been in Costa Rica for two weeks however my no-nonsense calendar tells an altogether different story.  After nearly 12 weeks learning the ins and outs of FUDECOSUR, things are going smooth. With the Costa Rican summer in full swing, business casual has been replaced by the welcome alternative of jeans and polos. For the first time, I am experiencing the holiday season with 85-degree weather and sunshine. I have tried to start weaning myself off a healthy addiction of gallo pinto, the traditional Costa Rican...

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Dec 12, 2009 AM Armenia

By KF9, All Over The World

Merry Christmas! This holiday season Kiva Fellows are celebrating Christmas all over the world, in all sorts of different ways. Whether it be traveling, feasting, or working hard to bring you some additional Kiva magic over the holidays, it’s safe to say we’re all thankful to be serving as Kiva Fellows and glad to have found a wonderful community in Kiva.

We wanted to share what Christmas is like for KF9ers out in the field and around the world. So enjoy – and happy holidays!

In no particular order:


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Dec 12, 2009 NI Nicaragua

By Kelly McKinnon, KF9 Leon, Nicaragua

The question is posed casually, but as all heads in the room turn to await my response, I sense that this is not a simple question. Ummm, I stammer. Rapidly wracking my brain for cultural cues or anecdotes I’ve heard on the importance of soup in Nicaragua. Nothing, I’ve got nothing. So I stall a bit more, Soup? You are asking me if I like soup?

I am sitting at the kitchen table with a coworker and her family. Her grandmother poses the question, her aunt eyes me, and my coworker and her three sisters...

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Dec 12, 2009 EC Ecuador

By Kimia Raafat, KF9 Ecuador

With the holiday season upon us and Kiva Gift Certificates flowin like Cristal and Dom Perignon in a Diddy rap video, I figured it would be a good time to review with lenders (both old and new), the process of a Kiva Loan.  Here is a link to the video me and my best friend, Emily Enberg made for the Tongal/Kiva Video Contest…  Happy Holidays!;EL1474 

Kimia Raafat is a Kiva Fellow (KF9) at a new Kiva partner, D-MIRO  in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  If you would like to know more...

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Dec 12, 2009

Mary Riedel KF9, Philippines

I’m writing a blog post and posting this video because

  • It makes me laugh
  • I’m behind!
  • Right now it feels like that’s all I can do. Why? Well since you asked…lemme tell you…
  • An overtired and ill (I still don’t know what I have, feels like more than a normal flu though) Kiva Fellow spilled an entire mug of coffee on her computer last week. I know it’s just a computer but when it’s a lifeline to your friends and family it feels like loosing a small pet (like maybe a parakeet). On the bright side I...

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    Dec 12, 2009 PE Peru

    By Sheethal Shobowale, KF9, Peru

    Counterfeit money is a very serious topic in Peru.  There is so much false money floating around that it is extremely possible that at some point or another, you will try to buy some fruit from the woman selling fruit on the corner and she will return your bill or coin exclaiming, “falso!” (false!)

    This has happened to several of my friends during my time in Cusco.   One friend tried to pay for our salsa class with a 5 soles coin.  Then someone else paid with a larger bill and got his coin...

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    Dec 12, 2009 PH Philippines

    By Ujwal Kharel KF9

    This is a collection of video excerpts from Christmas parties at few of the CCT branches. They sure know how to have fun here .


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    Dec 12, 2009 GT Guatemala

    Jeremy Lapedis, KF9, Guatemala

    On Wednesday I traveled with Aura, a loan officer.  My main goal was to get some signatures from Kiva borrowers so that we could use their photos in a press release.  What I ended up getting, along with the signatures, was a glimpse into Aura’s life

    Since getting the signatures required us to go a little village called Cruz Blanca (White Cross), where Aura’s lives, I asked if I could see her house.  She in turn suggested that we just eat lunch there.  Her house had several rooms, but the floor was a base of concrete.  Aura shared...

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    Dec 12, 2009 KE Kenya

    Jua Kali translates as under the hot sun in Kiswahili but in Kenya it’s a term meant to describe businesses in the “informal sector.” Jua Kali businesses have slightly less infrastructure than your typical lemonade stand. Often times they are just a blanket or some plastic sheeting on the ground, secured with rocks and displaying some limited inventory. The business location is the side of the road or a front stoop (though it still requires a permit).

    Sicily has had a used clothing store for the...

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    Dec 12, 2009 EC Ecuador

    By Kimia Raafat, KF9 Ecuador

    Like the galloping horsemen on a Ralph Lauren polo shirt, Kiva’s leafy “loans that change lives” logo has come to symbolize a certain status in the world of microfinance institutions (MFIs).  The Kiva stamp of approval signifies that after careful due diligence, an institution has been deemed dependable and successful in their mission to make a significant social impact.

    It was only a few months ago that Fundacion D-MIRO Mision Alianza had been approved to join Kiva’s network of 105 field partners.  D-MIRO’s employees are delighted and...

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