Fellows Blog Posts by anyaraza

Aug 22, 2012 IN India, PK Pakistan

My final Borrower Verification trip was to the village of Vehari, visiting Khursheed Bibi. We had attempted to meet her almost a week ago, but the morning of our appointment, her sister had unexpectedly passed away.

Leaving Lahore at 7 a.m., we encountered the first of our two hartals (demonstrations) of the day — tires ablaze, cars overturned and police nowhere in sight.

Protest in Lahore (Image courtesy of Dawn News)

The protest was against the...

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Aug 3, 2012 PK Pakistan

Racing against the onset of monsoon season and the holy month of fasting, Ramadan, my female colleague Shazia and I challenged ourselves to travel 1,500 km across South Punjab to meet with seven borrowers in three days.

The mission was to complete an audit of sorts, known as a “borrower verification.”

What may seem like an awkward, laborious task is in fact most fellows’ favourite part of their fellowship — the chance to travel and meet borrowers in the flesh.

To meet Rani, we had to park our car under the sole tree on that lane...

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Jul 12, 2012

By Anya Raza | KF18 | Pakistan

Secretly, every fellow really just wants to be in the field.

The thrill-seekers in us wish to go to obscure far-flung places, desperate and desolate, yet magical in our minds.

In my case, not even our car breaking down could hold me back. So off we went, three women on a dusty road. Sometimes we need life to slow down around us, to match the pace of our surroundings. As we moseyed our way through the village, we passed a local mela (fair), complete with food stands, game stalls and a theme park.

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Jun 28, 2012

Nested in an awkward applause of jubilation upon our arrival to Pakistan, I abandon the safety of the aircraft thick with the aroma of curry, for a welcome into a city veiled under the weight of yet another blackout.

Despite my 2 AM arrival, I am received with large smiles and a plate full of mouth-watering nihari, a local breakfast delicacy.

Pakistan, a country known for its blatant contradictions – political and cultural, is an exciting place to arrive as a Kiva Fellow.

Within a few hours of my arrival the Pakistani public is taking to the streets,...

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