Fellows Blog Posts by Cissy

Sep 25, 2009

Congratulations on finishing training… enjoy your graduation tonight!

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Sep 16, 2009 ID Indonesia

by Cissy DeLuca, KF8, Indonesia

This past week is my last week working at TLM in West Timor. TLM is also partnered with Opportunity International (OI) Australia, which is their primary source of funding. To promote this relationship, TLM often hosts “Insight Trips,” which allow supporters of OI to pay a fee to visit a partner MFI of their choice. These trips promote donor understanding and create the potential for them to further contribute to the work of the MFI.


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Aug 5, 2009 ID Indonesia

by Cissy DeLuca, KF8, Indonesia

When most people think of Indonesia, the first places that usually come to mind are Bali and Jakarta. West Timor may be the last place a person associates with Indonesia. West Timor is part of the NTT province, which is the poorest in Indonesia. That means the people of this area need Kiva lenders the most!

Nestled in the bustling metropolis of Kupang is a humble organization called Tanaoba Lais Manekat. Only posting on Kiva since March 2009, they are rapidly becoming the next big thing in microfinance, Kiva and the world!


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Jul 27, 2009 ID Indonesia

Last week I was able to meet some Kiva clients while doing borrower verifications. Shanty, one of the Kiva Coordinators, and I decided to print out their Kiva profiles and show them what the world had seen.

Although they get an explanation of what Kiva is when they sign the client waiver, many TLM clients have no knowledge of the internet. To see a printed out profile with their pictures, along with some of the faces of people who had loaned to them, was very exciting for these clients!

Fret Passu’s Group and Oliftataf 44-B Group handled the printouts as if they were gold and...

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Jul 15, 2009 ID Indonesia

by Cissy DeLuca, KF8 Indonesia

At TLM, there is an informal uniform code for each day of the week. Mondays are for blue shirts, Tuesdays are for orange, Wednesdays we wear green, Thursdays the staff wear the TLM batik and Fridays are for custom made blue and white shirts. On the back of these shirts reads, “Give your heart to love, Give your hands to serve.”

Roni, a TLM loan officer, in the field

In previous experiences...

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Jul 7, 2009 ID Indonesia

Hello from Indonesia! I am in my first week of my fellowship and wanted to make my presence known on the fellows blog. My name is Cissy and I will be working with Tanaoba Lais Manekat (TLM) in West Timor for the next 12 weeks. Unlike other fellows, I had the opportunity to work as an intern in the Kiva office in San Francisco for 5 months before my fellowship. I worked on the logistical side of the Kiva Fellows Program under JD and Zack. Like the idea behind Kiva, the actual office is a pretty awesome place. It has a warm atmosphere with lots of inviting couches and friendly people. The...

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