Fellows Blog Posts by oliviaforkiva

Nov 13, 2012

Olivia Hanrahan-Soar | KF18 | Zambia and South Africa

I’ve been dragging my feet  a bit on finishing my Fellowship. The rest of my class seem to have moved on, returned home to graduate school or set off for new exciting opportunities, but I haven’t been able to let go of South Africa. Last week I finished my final project: a Google Hangout, broadcast live on G+ and YouTube, intended to link up Kiva student borrowers at my field partner and a couple of their own, personal, Kiva lenders. You can watch the full video here, and the highlights reel here.

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Oct 1, 2012 GO Global Update

I recently ran a quick survey of my fellow Fellows to find out what we were all doing at the age of 17. We generally consider ourselves a pretty ambitious, well-travelled, well-read bunch; these days, at least. Responses I got spanned the following:

‘I was sneaking into bars in Costa Rica, where I was studying abroad. Upon my return, I was plotting my next escape from my boring hometown.’ ‘Slowly slowly subbing all the liquor in my parents’ cabinet for water’ ‘I was at Miss Porter’s School for Girls, sneaking off in day students...

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Sep 17, 2012 ZA South Africa

In January of this year, a fatal stampede occurred at the University of Johannesburg while students and parents waited at the University’s gates, anxious to secure one of several hundred last-chance places. The stampede left one dead and several injured, and is a tragedy emblematic of the societal difficulties engendered by lack of access to education in South Africa. Last year, About 85,000 students had applied for the roughly 11,000 seats available at the University of Johannesburg; 20,000 more than the previous year. While access to education is tough to come by, there are organisations...

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Jul 27, 2012 GO Global Update

Luan Nio and Olivia Hanrahan-Soar |  KF18 | Nicaragua and Zambia

Kiva works hard to facilitate a connection between lenders and borrowers, through photographs, video interviews, and email updates from the borrowers themselves. Nothing compares, though, to the experience of being able to meet that borrower in person and see how your funds and the funds of others have had a tangible impact on his or her life.

Two Kiva fellows recently got the extraordinary opportunity to visit a borrower they had personally lent money to.

Luan from...

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Jul 13, 2012

By Olivia Hanrahan-Soar | KF18 |  Zambia and South Africa

Borrower Annes with her baby Ebby in Chirundu, Zambia

Right now, I’m in the middle of a Zambian road trip. I’m working with one of Kiva’s newest non-traditional partners, Mobile Transactions Zambia (MTZ): a business which provides funds to entrepreneurs who want to own mobile money kiosks all over Zambia. This is Kiva’s first foray into mobile money, and it’s proving to be...

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