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…

Climbing Kilimanjaro

“I wonder if there’ll be another time as good as this.”-Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro Before a few days ago, the snows of Kilimanjaro were for me more like clouds than anything else. Maybe just a little brighter as they shone with reflected sunlight from their heights above Moshi, Tanzania. I made the decision…

The First Quarter

A fourth of my year in Tanzania has passed. Three months. I never felt like a small-town girl til I lived in the big city. But Dar es Salaam is big in a small way. Goats clop along busy city streets, chickens ride the buses tucked under the arms of tired women, children roll tires…

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…

Tanzania Bound

I’m sitting in terminal three at Dubai’s International Airport. The moving sidewalk beside me sounds like horses trotting on a packed dirt road. Since my 14-hour layover began a several hours ago, I’ve heard the Islamic call-to-prayer twice over the airport intercom system, followed soon after with enticing invitations to browse the duty-free shops that…

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…

An Opportunity

Last week, the Refugee Coordinator at Jubilee Partners invited my family to an “open house” for a Karen Burmese family who has just moved to Athens. As yet unemployed–but together and happy–their journey is just beginning. The details of the story are theirs to tell, but here is a little background: Paw Htoo arrived in…