Yurtcozy- Microfinance and Clean Energy

If you like the idea of Kiva and are interested in other ways that microfinance can be used to solve the world’s most pressing economic, social and environmental issues, then I encourage you to check out Yurtcozy.org. My friend and former Kiva Fellow Jennifer Gong finished her Kiva placement in Dar es Salaam and went…

Merry Christmas!

So far, this has been a terribly serious blog. Yet as the Christmas season approaches and I melt in the 90 degree heat of Dar es Salaam, I’m feeling the need to lighten things up a little. As adapted from a chain email from my big sister, see the following list of fun things to…

What do Kiva lenders expect to hear?

This post was written by Eva Wu, Kiva Fellow in the Phillipines, and posted here on 5 December 2009 on the Kiva Fellows blog… Though Eva talks about the tough side of working in microfinance, I think her writing and the comments shared by Kiva lenders after her post are the best demonstration I have…

Kiva

Hello, friends! I’m sorry I haven’t been updating the blog lately. I just returned from San Francisco where I trained to become a Kiva Fellow! While I’m in the field–working with one of Kiva’s field partner microfinance institutions (MFIs) called Tujijenge Tanzania, Ltd.–I will be updating this blog and also contributing to the Kiva Fellows…

My First Kiva Loan

I’d like to dedicate this post to my beautiful little sister, Catherine Pamela Rose. Today I made my first loan on Kiva.org, the world’s first person-to-person lending platform. I chose to send my $25 to a woman named Esther who lives in Juliaca, Peru. Esther has two children, aged 6 & 7. You can see…