Starting at the beginning of October, I will volunteer as a Kiva Fellow in Peru for 6 months, working directly with Asociación Arariwa, one of Kiva’s partner microfinance institutions (MFIs). I will facilitate connection between Arariwa and Kiva so that generous lenders like you can learn about their situation and lend them the capital they need to start or expand their microenterprises. Please see some examples on the Kiva website. These microloans improve the standard of living for the business owners, their families and their communities. Women in developing countries are big recipients of microfinance and the work of Kiva, the partner MFIs and the Kiva Fellows.
What is Kiva?
Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
What is a Kiva Fellow?
The Kiva Fellow is an unpaid, volunteer based position designed to increase Kiva’s impact around the world. The Kiva Fellow works directly with one of Kiva’s partner microfinance institutions (MFIs). The Kiva Fellow is an integral part of the Kiva Team, acting as Kiva’s eyes and ears in the field and helping to extend limited resources to maximum effect. The Kiva Fellow fosters the connection between the MFI, Kiva and the lender with their fieldwork and communication.
Kiva Fellow Core Responsibilities:
- Facilitate Connections between Kiva’s Borrowers and Lenders
- Assist Communications and Maximize the host MFI’s Partnership with Kiva
- Support Kiva’s Mission, Product and Procedures
You can read more about the Kiva Fellows program here: About the Kiva Fellows Program
Support for my Kiva Fellowship
- Donations – (Thanks to all you have chipped in!) A monetary donation would help offset the costs of the fellowship. Please see my budget below. I match every dollar and I am paying for all expenses not raised. Here is a link to donate through PayPal.
- Kiva Gift Certificates – If you purchase a Kiva gift certificate for me, I can make a loan to a Kiva borrower through my Kiva lender account. As the loan is paid back, I can withdraw the money to use for my Kiva Fellowship. This support Kiva’s borrowers and my Kiva Fellowship.
- Become a Kiva Lender – The more Kiva lenders, the more impact Kiva has! Here’s how to become a Kiva lender. (Scroll down past the gift certificate section)
- Join the Asociación Arariwa Lending Team – If you are already a Kiva lender, please join the Arariwa Kiva lending team (Scroll down past the gift certificate, and Kiva lending sections)
- Stories – Subscribe to my blog through email or Facebook or follow all Kiva Fellows stories through the fellowsblog.kiva.org
- Writing or Photo/Video Work - If you have connections with any media outlets, online or offline, I would love to write or share photos/videos about my work as a Kiva Fellow. Please see some examples of Kiva Fellow updates writing on the Kiva Fellows Blog
- Consulting Projects – If you know of any organizations that need help with online marketing – analytics, research or social media, I would be glad to work on consulting projects before I leave or while I am away to offset the costs of my fellowship. A lot of work can be done virtually with email, Skype phone, etc
- Community Links – Help me connect with people you know in or around Cusco, Peru – it’s always helpful to know someone in a new place.
- Come Visit Me – Once I get settled, I would love to have visitors in Peru.
- Going Away / Kiva Support Party – Thanks to everyone who came through September 12th for the party at our house in Fort Greene!
Kiva Fellows Budget
Costs Before Departure:
- Flight (I will be using frequent flyer miles!) $100
- Immunizations (yellow fever, typhoid, tetanus, Hepatitis A) $350
- Medications (malarone for malaria) $110
- Single-Entry Visa to Peru $10
- San Francisco Kiva Fellows Training Costs $90
- Portable Hard Drive for data back up $100
- Surge protector $20
- Laptop lock $40
- Electronics converter for Peru $20
- Web Cam to communicate through Skype $31
- Personal Items (such as insect repellent with Deet, $100
- Insurance for my laptop $100
Daily Living Costs:
- Accommodation (Utilities included, $200/month) $1,200
- Food ($8/day) $1,400
- Communication (Internet, Skype and Mobile phone) $500
- Travel $800
- Emergency Funds $1,000
Below is a link to my Chip In page if you would like to donate through PayPal.
If you feel more comfortable, you can also send a check to:
Updates while I’m in the field on My Kiva Fellowship
Lending through Kiva
Not only I am participating as a Kiva Fellow, I am also a Kiva lender. Please visit my Kiva lender page to see the entrepreneurs to whom I am currently lending. If you believe in Kiva’s work, perhaps you would like to become a lender too! You can search through the borrower profiles, make a loan through PayPal (min $25) and set up a Lender Page. Once your loan is repaid, you have the option to withdraw the money or relend to another entrepreneur. It’s simple, it feels good and it helps low income entrepreneurs help themselves!
Thanks for listening and thanks for your generous donation!