Fellows Blog Posts by Ed

Jan 5, 2011 KH Cambodia

Big smile from a Kiva borrower

Cambodians have some of the biggest smiles I have ever seen. During my visits to Kiva borrowers in August and September of 2010, I was given a glimpse of life in rural Cambodia. Below I present some of the challenges of taking photos in the field and also some of my favorite photographs from the borrower visits.

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Dec 17, 2010

Kiva field partner office in Cambodia

To carry out its mission of connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty, Kiva allows microfinance institutions (MFIs) to raise 0% interest capital on the Kiva website. MFIs use this capital to lend to entrepreneurs and collect (and keep) the interest on these loans. For MFIs, being able to raise interest-free capital is arguably the greatest benefit of joining Kiva. While this funding is interest-free, there is a still a cost...

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Nov 6, 2010 KH Cambodia

As a Kiva Fellow in Cambodia for the past three months, I have had the opportunity to travel through Cambodia, experiencing the crowds and the charms of the urban areas and the beauty and calmness of the rural villages. Here are some of my favorite pictures of the different roads taken to get to Kiva borrowers.

A moto driver carrying bananas in Phnom Penh

Busy intersection in Phnom Penh

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Aug 7, 2010

Edwin with Premal (L) and Matt (R) at Kiva headquarters

One of the best benefits of volunteering as a Kiva Fellow is meeting the leaders of Kiva and hearing them speak during training in San Francisco.  Here are three of my favorite quotes from the Kiva Fellows 12th Class training week at Kiva headquarters:

“If you want to make an impact, the best way is to make the smallest change possible in the present moment.” – Premal, President of Kiva...

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