Anna Cleal was the first New Zealand Kiva Fellow. Anna just finishing her second
stint as a Kiva Fellow in Uganda. You can see what Anna has been doing on her Kiva
page here, and her wordpress blog here.
Our second Fellow is Joanne Gan - learn more about her and see what she doing on
her page on Kiva here.
A Kiva Fellow is someone who travels to and lives in the host country of one of Kiva's
partner microfinance institutions. For a minimum of ten weeks they are immersed in
the local culture, working with the microfinance organisation's loan officers, and
conducting interviews with their client entrepreneurs, working to capture and convey
their lives and the impact of the Kiva loan. (Learn more, even apply to be a Fellow
The Fellows’ journals, photos and videos are regularly uploaded to Kiva.org, and
we’re republishing Anna’s and Joanne’s on this website. Anna’s blog from Uganda is
here, and from the Philippines here. Joanne’s, from Indonesia, is here.
Below is a farewell video that was made for Anna by one of the guys at the Microfinance
Institute where she did her first placement.
Our Kiva Fellows
How Kiva Works
Kiva Kiwis started in Oamaru, New Zealand, to encourage and enable Kiwis the world
over to support the working poor in developing countries by making loans to them
through an organisation called Kiva. You can join us on Kiva here, and, if you want,
contact us via email.
Cheers, Finn. Team
This short film by Kieran Ball shows the process of a loan being made, and gives
you a behind-the-scenes look inside Kiva too. Thanks Kieran.
About Kiva Kiwis
Kiwis the world over lending the working poor the bootstraps to pull themselves up
When people first find out about Kiva there are some questions they frequently ask.
Here are some of those:
‘Does Kiva take a cut?’ No all the money you lend goes to the entrepreneur. If you
want you can you also make a donation to Kiva to help them cover their operating
expenses, but that’s optional.
Do the borrowers pay interest? Yes- otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to keep lending.
Click here to find out more.
Does the money really get to the person?’ ‘Does it make a difference?’ Well...click
here for some videos of what happened when some reporters set out to answer just
As at the end of March 2012 we have 597 team members, have made 15,482 loans (an
average of 26 per member), to the value of (NZ) $4702,983
This is not competition, but just to let you know- right now in terms of the amount
loaned out of 1157 teams based around a local area or country we are ranked 18th,
lending a little less than Texas (pop 25 million), but more than the teams for Japan,
Denmark or Spain. Not bad at all.
Anna writes: ‘One of the most amazing parts of being a Kiva fellow is the beautiful
meetings you have with microfinance clients. In these sessions you have the opportunity
to chat with borrowers about anything and everything. At the end of an interview
we all commonly ask borrowers what are their hopes and dreams for the future.
This video compiles footage of 6 months as a kiva fellow in the Philippines and Uganda,
interviewing over 50 microfinance clients.’ Read more here.
By The Way.......
The name ‘Kiva’ comes from Swahili where it means "agreement" or "unity" .