I was recently accepted for a Fellowship with Kiva!
I am so excited to embark on this adventure, where I will be working in developing countries for nine months in an effort to help alleviate global poverty through microfinance. Kiva.org is a non-profit organization that allows you to lend capital to a specific low-income entrepreneur in the developing world.
In increments of $25, you choose who you want to lend to—whether a baker in Samoa, a goat herder in Uganda, or a tailor in Peru—and as they repay their loan, you get your money back. You can then choose to re-invest your money, or you can withdraw it. It’s a powerful and sustainable way to empower people to lift themselves out of poverty, as well as an innovative means to know that you are making a difference.
Kiva’s Fellowship program is unique in both the variety of tasks that I wil l undertake and the potential for lasting impact on the people of the city in which I’m placed. My fellowship begins in September, with a week-long training at Kiva headquarters in San Francisco, and will be truly underway when I leave for my placement on October 6, 2009.
My responsibilities as a fellow:
- Add new micro-entrepreneurs to Kiva’s website by sharing their stories and photographing them
- Meet entrepreneurs with existing loans to verify loan disbursement, report progress, and provide strategic suggestions
- Train the staff of my Microfinance Institution on how to best implement Kiva’s platform to help fund the poor
My trip will consist of 3 three-month placements, the first of which will be in Nairobi, Kenya.
Please join me in my adventure by following my blog. I will post to this blog at least once a week while I’m abroad. I want to stay in touch with you and include you in my experience.
I greatly appreciate your time and support as I begin this incredible journey.