I am sure you know it, but the Kiva Fellowship is an unpaid volunteer opportunity to be Kiva's extension in the "field" and assist in facilitating the Kiva process. I get first hand understanding of microfinance through working with local microfinance organizations and local borrowers while living in Bolivia (an previously in Sierra Leone). I am passionate about Kiva's vision and the concept of microfinance to sustainably assist people in bettering their lives, especially those in the developing world.
I just returned from 14 weeks in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where I worked with three microfinance organizations and was able to implement the Kiva process through employee training, creating efficient workflow, and interviewing borrowers. I will be doing similar work in Bolivia, but it will certainly be a challenge with the new culture and environment. It is an absolute blessing to be present in these countries and meet inspiring people who live in very disadvantaged circumstances.
Really, I am not doing this to change the world, I'm meeting on other's paths…working with people who are motivated to grow their business and better their lives. The way I see it, there are phenomenal people very far away from my home, which is easy to say, but it means something to actually know them. In actuality I am not really serving anyone, I am, again, joining in the pursuit to facilitate loans for what people can do, rather than giving them money for things they cannot do.
If you believe in Kiva, if you believe in this pursuit, and if you believe in me, then maybe think about donating to keep me going.
With much love,
About the Financials of my time in Bolivia.
Second-term Fellows may receive a little bit of money from Kiva toward the Fellowship. I received enough for my plane ticket and visa. I also have a little bit of savings -- the security deposit from my house in Santa Barbara -- which will pay for my food and transportation while in the country.
In all honesty, I will need $1,000 to pay for four months of housing. If I can secure the costs for housing that would be a good thing.
Ok, so if a lot of people give a little bit I think things will be just fine. Even $10, $15, or $20 would be awesome.
Instructions on how to donate if you don't have a PayPal account... 1) Click the donate button at the top of this page
2) Enter $10,000 in "Donation Amount" (kidding)
3) Look just above the credit card pictures...
4) It says: "Don't have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account (where available). Continue"
5) Click CONTINUE -- and the rest should be pretty familiar