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Promoting the power of Micro Finance in Kenya
Felipe Moreno
1 Team Member

Note that contributions to the Kiva Fellow(s) on Indiegogo are not donations to Kiva and consequently, Kiva is not able to issue a tax receipt for these donations.

"If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living." - Gail Sheehy

This is my story:

I have been working for a Kiva Field Partner in Colombia called COLFUTURO and have been fascinated by microfinance and Kiva's mission ever since. For months I've read the Kiva Fellows blog and wondered why can't that be me? I have been dreaming about creating a positive change and a socio-economic impact in the developing world and now I have the chance of making this happen. As a social entrepreneur I believe that there's no time like the present and now it's my turn to achieve that goal.
 "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain

After having passed a very competitve selection process, on January 23rd I set sail for Kenya on a four month Kiva Fellowship. I'll have the incredible privilege to work directly with the Kiva Zip team in Nairobi. In a nutshell, Kiva Zip is an innovation of Kiva that will test new approaches and technologies on underserved populations through direct person-to-person microlending.

By the way, if you are wondering about the picture, that is me volunteering in Nepal at a Buddhist monastery last year. But, let's quit stalling and go back to the subject.

What is Kiva and Kiva Zip?

Kiva is an non-profit with the goal of connecting people through lending to alleviate poverty. Anyone can log onto kiva.org, browse a portfolio of entrepreneurs in developing nations, and make a $25 loan to a small business. Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of your loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, also called Field Partners, who administer the loans in their communities.

The Kiva Zip alpha is intent on expanding financial access to borrowers who cannot otherwise be served by a bank or microfinance institution.

The Kiva Fellows program offers a rare opportunity to travel abroad and witness firsthand the impact and realities of microfinance. 
As a fellow, my role is to work with Kiva`s partners to increase transparency and spread technology and strategy at local trustees, document how entrepreneurs are using their loans, and relate these stories back to the Kiva community. 
You can also read more about the Kiva Fellows program here:

Where Do You Come In?

In a few days I'll be leaving my job to travel alone in East Africa. The Kiva Fellows Program is an unpaid, volunteer position - no stipend or housing is provided - as Kiva expects its fellows to fundraise for the entire journey. 
Fortunately, the past year I got to save some money that I can use to cover part of my fellowship expenses such as my flight ticket to Kenya and house rent. My other expenses are a bit tougher to come by. A rough budget estimate for my trip is below:

$1,100 food (110 days x $10/day)
$100 Kenya visa
$100 malaria pills 
$300 transportation (buses, taxis, etc)
$300 mobile phone and internet

These are my minimum expenditures as I'm sure incidental costs will rack up along the way. If my work interests you, please consider sponsoring my Kiva fellowship. Your help and support would be crucial to my success!

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Spread the word and make some noise about my campaign!!
  • Make a loan on Kiva or Kiva Zip

Thank you for your help!

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    Postcard from Africa

    As a "Thank you" for your contribution I will send you a a specialty post card once I am in the field with a unique picture from Kenya

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    In addition to the above, I will bring you a magnet or other small trinket as a thank you for your generous donation.

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    Of course, within reason - I will get you the souvenir of your choice upon my return from my fellowship.

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    WOW! I don´t what to say..!!!

    A "thank you" video from the summit of Kilimanjaro and a piece of land from the highest mountain in Africa! I could bring you a postcard too :)

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