Fellows Blog Posts by Jenny Jin

Aug 1, 2010 KE Kenya

Jenny Jin, KF11 – Kenya, KADET

I’m a whimsical documentarian, and the video clips that I find on my computer consistently surprise me if they turn out to have captured something.  After officially ending my fellowship this past week, while waiting for my flight back to San Francisco and missing Kenya already, I was idly flicking through my computer files and I found a pretty excellent clip that I wanted to share with the Kiva community.

This clip features Dorice explaining what Kiva is to a 15-member group of KADET clients in Western Kenya. This was...

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Jul 30, 2010 KE Kenya

Jenny Jin, KF 11- Kenya, KADET

In Kabarnet, a town situated on the mountain tops of Western Kenya, I spent a day with Irene, a credit officer, to meet KADET’s client groups living in this area. At the end of the day, I was tired but happy from all the people I had the pleasure to meet. One young woman, at the young age of 28, was earning less than $2 a day and supporting 8 orphan children in addition to her own two kids.  Wow!

Towards the end of our last meeting with a women’s group, one of the clients, Albina, gave an impromptu and...

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Jul 26, 2010 KE Kenya

Jenny Jin, KF11- Kenya, KADET

In the first weeks as a Kiva Fellow with KADET, I learned that the Kenyan microfinance organization focused on serving rural small entrepreneurs, both men and women. But it wasn’t until I got into the field and met the clients that I began to have a richer understanding of the entrepreneurs that KADET was serving.  The clients were infallibly gracious in their welcome, and shared details of their businesses, their family life, and invited me into their homes and introduced me to their neighbors.  As many other Kiva Fellows...

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Jul 17, 2010 KE Kenya

Jenny Jin, KF11

This past weekend I had the opportunity to check out one of KADET’s new loan products: solar loans!

A backstory of how solar is coming on strong in Kenya

Many of KADET’s borrowers live in off-grid rural areas without access to electricity or gas.  Charcoal and kerosene are still the most common form of power for average Kenyans to power their homes and businesses. Indeed, a number of KADET borrowers that I’ve met have small businesses of selling charcoal.

In recent years, several solar companies have come to Kenya...

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Jul 8, 2010 KE Kenya

Jenny Jin, KF11 – Kenya

Dorice is the newest Kiva assistant coordinator for KADET, the Kenyan microfinance partner that I’ve been working with through my Kiva Fellowship.  Dorice is new to KADET’s Kiva Operations team but she’s been with KADET for years, and has been a real source of inspiration and fun for the staff and past Kiva Fellows with her passion to help others and her social personality.  A week ago, I asked Dorice whether she’d be interested to introduce herself to the Kiva community on the blog, and she wrote a...

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Jun 17, 2010 KE Kenya

Jenny Jin, KF11- Kenya

It’s an exciting time to be in Nairobi, Kenya right now – especially for anyone who’s interested in development.  This city is filled with passionate locals and expats who are working on social enterprises, green companies, and tech startups of all different perspectives and approaches to tackle big challenges.  I arrived in Nairobi six weeks ago after living in Silicon Valley for the past three years, and I found a city even more energetic about innovation than where I had come from.

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