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City gal turned…Kiva fellow! April 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hanh @ 6:30 am

I will be leaving behind the skyscrapers and city streets of New York and heading to Vietnam to serve as a Kiva Fellow this summer from June through August! Kiva provides an opportunity for poor entrepreneurs in developing countries to lift themselves out of poverty with the help of small business loans from lenders across the world. As a Kiva Fellow, I will combine my background in journalism, marketing and consulting to support Kiva’s entrepreneurs in Vietnam. Though my plan to escape the sweltering New York summer heat has failed (Vietnam is equally hot and humid :)), I feel so honored to have this amazing opportunity!

But first I have to make it out there. The Kiva Fellowship is a volunteer-based position with no funds or stipend provided for the Fellow’s service – I need your help in order to make it happen.

Read more about Kiva on my blog. The fun video below explains Kiva’s model of poverty reduction. For more info on Kiva, click on the “What is Kiva” link on the upper right hand corner of this page.

What will you be doing?

As a Kiva Fellow, I will be acting as Kiva’s eyes and ears in the field and helping to extend limited resources in the following ways:

– Developing journal entries, business postings and blog entries to keep borrowers and lenders connected.

– Interviewing entrepreneurs to assess loan impact and verify data

– Assisting the host Microfinance Institution (MFI) to regularly collect and post borrower profiles for funding onto the Kiva website

– Observing, learning and documenting the MFI’s operations and making recommendations in regards to training and best practices

Check out this video from the current Kiva fellow in Vietnam.


Kiva in the Press

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hanh @ 6:12 am

When Small Loans Make a Difference – Forbes.com
Small Loans, Big Results – Inc.com
50 Best Websites – Time Magazine
Your $25 can start a business, change a life – CNN

Information retrieved from Kiva website.