The best part about leaving a place is that it generally means you will be arriving
somewhere new. You’re sad. You’re excited. You’re a whole bunch of simultaneous
emotions. I want to write this, my first Kiva Fellow’s Blog, while these emotions
are still fresh;while the bitter sweet sound of karaoke is still ringing in my ears;while
the last shot of the night is still processing;and while the memory of 30 smiling
fellows is firmly imprinted in my mind.
First let me tell you why I am excited
1) I am about to embark on a three month fellowship for an organisation called
Kiva. They’re excited about the concept of microfinance. We all know that excitement
is contagious. If you want to get excited too then skip to The Kiva website.
2) I will be working with a microfinance institute named Community Economic
Ventures (CEVI) based in Bohol, Philippines. Meeting them will be an honour. Skip
to The Field Partner to hear more about CEVI.
3) I am part of the Kiva Fellows Class 10 (KF10) a group of superb individuals
from places such as Copenhagen, Ottawa, New York, Portland, Ohio, Spain and of course
New Zealand. They are all doing what I’m doing in places such as Vietnam, Cambodia,
Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kenya, Liberia and Rwanda. These people are amazing so get
to know them through the blog. Your support really helps! Skip to the Fellows Program
to find out more about our roles.
4) I feel ready. After a week of intense training in all things Kiva I feel
like the scene is set. I’ve come to terms with the many criticisms of microfinance
and Kiva yet I still BELIEVE. Belief is important
5) Finally, and this is the big one – I’m excited about meeting the borrowers
in the Philippines and seeing the lives that the Kiva community are supporting. After
all that’s what it’s all about right!? If you want to meet one of my recent borrowers
check out The Borrower Profile
I don’t want to dwell on the sad stuff but let’s be honest – saying goodbye to the
most amazing bunch of passionate, educated, and driven individuals was tough.
BUT.. As we know all good things must come to an end. Just know that each ending
marks the beginning of something else equally fantastic. SO.. Onwards, upwards and
some may say westwards to the Philippines. What a start. What a life. What a world
we live in.
To KF10.. Just because us Kiwi’s enjoy making the odd terrible joke once in a while…
Just remember while you’re out there “You may loan, but you’re never alone” :-) Keep
in touch, take care, good luck.
To the staff at Kiva.. You guys are our rocks. Thank you so much for imparting your
knowledge and passion
To the public and Kiva community.. Get EXCITED, get ENTHUSIASTIC – because we sure