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Travel, learn, live: why we should never stop exploring the world

Kiva Fellow ready to explore the world!

When I write this, I have just arrived in my new hometown for the next four months, Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Slowly I am getting used to being in one place for more than two consecutive weeks after having spent the past few months travelling over three continents to twelve countries with more than 200 hours on at least forty flights.

It still blows my mind that within 24 hours you can go almost anywhere in the world by plane. Flying is an incredible concept. 300 people moving at two hundred miles per hour at 38,000 feet and quite frankly you feel no different to when you sit at your kitchen table having breakfast. With the evolution of low cost and local airlines we can now reach all corners of the world much easier than ever before and enjoy the true beauty of our planet. 

Perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth? Cinque de Terre in Italy


Renewable Energy and Microfinance: An Exciting New Partnership in Nicaragua

Chile: Microfinance in the world's longest county


What does microfinance look like in a country that’s considered one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations? (BBC)

Introducing Timor-Leste

I arrived in Timor-Leste about a week ago to begin a Kiva Fellowship, and you might be wondering where the heck that is. So I'll try to fill you in on some background while I ease into the place.

Tajikistan: The First Date From Hell

Mom, The Micro-Financier


Ivonne prepping reports from home.

One of the little known facts about micro finance is that it is heavily dependent upon information technology.  Even though loan sizes are small the amount of transactions necessary to properly account for all of the transactions can, in the aggregate, easily exceed a million transactions a year for a given institution.  Recently I had the opportunity to work with Ivonne Balsecca. 

The (not so famous) Foods of Kenya

One of the best parts of being a Kiva Fellow is sampling the local cuisine. I have been in Kenya for three weeks and many things have impressed me. From the vibrant people, to the bright dresses, to the breathtaking scenery, this country has surpassed my expectations.

Cambodia: A Nation says Goodbye to its Former King

Kiva Fellow Field Visit: A Day in the Life

Azerbaijan: Looking Beyond the Headlines

It’s been 2 weeks since my arrival in Azerbaijan for my Kiva Fellowship and every day I grow more confused. 
Serving in Azerbaijan is a very different experience from the typical Kiva Fellow placement.  The scenes here of the capital, Baku, aren’t the stereotypical poverty we envision in Africa or south Asia.  By World Bank figures, Azerbaijan is wealthier than more than 54% of the world’s countries; amongst Kiva’s portfolio countries (which include the U.S., Israel, and Mexico) it ranks 8th by GDP PPP per capita.
The reason Azerbaijan has gained extraordinary wealth is due to its production of oil.  The black gold they dig up accounts for 94% of the country’s export revenues.  Between 2006 and 2008, it had the world’s fastest growing economy.  To put that money to use, government spending increased by 30% in 2011.


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