Kiva is looking for volunteers

Tajikistan Kiva borrowers

Many of you will know of “Change Starts Here”, The Road’s social project, funding microfinance loans via Kiva. Our scorecard lists all loans, for a total of over $5,000 so far.

Tamara commented on a previous post on The Road that Kiva offers core volunteer programs, which might interest readers from The Road:

Kiva Fellows Program: Individuals spend 10 weeks to one year with a microfinance institution in a developing country, chronicling the lives of the working poor and assisting the microfinance institutions to maximize their relationship with Kiva.

Kiva Translation Program: Volunteering from their own homes, individuals take entrepreneurs’ loan profiles written in the local language and translate them to English. The profiles are then posted for lending on Kiva.org. Kiva Translators help bring the entrepreneurs’ stories to life for potential lenders.
Languages needed include: Bahasa Indonesia, French, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Check out other Kiva Volunteering possibilities.

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Update of our loan to the Alexa group in Nicaragua

We received this update from Kiva:

This is an update on your loan to ALEXA Group in Nicaragua.

Yesterday I met with Vilma Flores Lopez, the coordinator for the Alexa Group. A devout woman, Vilma thanks God everyday for helping her run a successful convenience store. Situated on a side road near the Masaya Market and a little off the beaten track, Vilma’s business runs primarily on repeat neighborhood customers.

She has used her Kiva loan to offer more products, thus increasing her revenue. Before she had the loan, Vilma lost quite a bit of money on items like oil and sugar. Now, she can afford to buy them in bulk and sell more.

Vilma hopes to exponentially grow her sales and use proceeds towards expanding her house little by little. With the help of Kiva and ADIM, she thinks she can complete her home very soon. She is very grateful to all of you for your support.

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