Shy will be in Nairobi, Kenya with Sanergy and Kiva Zip. She looks forward to working with Sanergy's Fresh Life Operators in the innovative eco-sanitation model. Prior to joining the Kiva Fellows Program, she worked in health care in Dubai/Muscat, and at McGill's psychiatry hospital. She has always wanted to work in the development sector volunteering with Acumen Fund and Kidzpositve in South Africa, where she was involved with water sanitation and pediatric HIV. She has completed workshops in Corporate Social Responsibility and Emergencies with the UNHCR. Shy spent the last six weeks in education projects in Kenya with the Aga Khan Foundation and would like to begin her masters after the fellowship.

Fellows Blog Posts by kivashy

Jan 30, 2013 KE Kenya

Why should you fund a Kick Trading loan?

Kick trading, Kisumu Innovation Centre Kenya, was one of our favourite groups because the borrowers were enthusiastic and their workspace was bright. We entered to see some artisans painting, others selling items in the colourful stalls,  as we ducked under hundred of mini wire bicycles and Santa Clauses in the outdoor workspace.

Kick trading provides training opportunities to young artisans and allows them to earn a fair wage. They are encouraged to be creative by hand making products using hyacinth and papyrus from Lake Victoria....

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Dec 3, 2012 KE Kenya

My colleague, Elin and I held back our emotions during a meeting with Dan Olga , a new Kiva Zip trustee. ‘What would you do if your children had not eaten food the night before and your husband had not sent money?’ Dan described how mothers would do anything for their children, even sleeping with a truck driver for 200 shillings ($2.30), so that they are able feed their children.  Siaya, where Daniel is from and where he has started the Smart Center, is frequented by truck drivers on their way to Uganda and Rwanda. 

Here are some facts about Siaya County -the HIV prevalence is 24...

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Nov 8, 2012 KE Kenya

On my second day in Nairobi, I had dinner with family friends, during which a 9-year old boy jokingly told me not to forget my umbrella when traveling to Kibera. I looked at him confused and he said ‘flying toilets’.  My roommates and I assumed ‘the flying toilet’ would be as enthralling as the name sounds.  Simply put, it is a plastic bag used as a toilet which is then thrown on to the road.

About 10 million Kenyans live in slums, and this number is growing at a rate of 7% per year. About 80% of these residents lack adequate sanitation...

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