Fellows in the field

As I get ready to start a new chapter in Nairobi, Kenya with the Kiva Labs team, I can’t help but reminisce on the last 6 months abroad as a Kiva Fellow in the Philippines and Timor-Leste. Although it was not always easy to be on my own, I’ve grown so much as a person because of all the “Yeses” I reluctantly agreed to.

Full disclosure: This post is not about the actual mayor of Dar es Salaam, but rather a Kiva borrower named Samweli whom I had the pleasure of meeting, and the story behind his nickname, the “Mayor of Dar es Salaam.”

Albania has a gigantic, generous heart, and I found it last weekend in the country’s beautiful north. This is a love story. Perhaps not the typical kind of love story, but I promise it's still chock full of the real stuff.

Forced to go to Guinea in exile for 2 years during the civil war, he returned to his native country that stood almost in total chaos after a long decade of rebel war.

This story began with an unchaperoned borrower verification trip and ended up with a deep dive into the exciting social enterprise scene in Armenia.

Babban Gona is a unique Kiva partner because they do so much more than make loans. They support the farmer during the entire farming cycle.

In a recent report from the Oxford Business School, it was estimated that 66% of Ghana’s rice consumption was supported by imports.

During my fellowship in Nicaragua I have come across some incredible borrowers, and their stories have touched me profoundly. What I didn't know, was that these borrowers would teach me some invaluable life lessons too.

My first assignment involved working with 2 partners - 1 in Kenya and 1 in Rwanda - to identify opportunities in their product portfolio to introduce new products or tweak existing products for the impact evaluation project.

Georgia has one of the oldest histories of any country on Earth. In fact, the recent discovery of 8,000-year-old storage containers show that Georgians may be the first inventors of wine.

Hammocks are as much of a Salvadorian staple as the pupusa, and they’re woven ubiquitously throughout the culture.

One fellow's experience into the unseen costs of administering microloans.