Sharing Risotto with my MFI…

26 October 2010 at 12:00 4 comments

What is the best way to get a whole office of micro-credit employees together on short notice?

Today I found the answer: pumpkin risotto.

As I am nearing the end of my Kiva fellowship in Armenia, I got together with my MFI staff at SEF International for a goodbye lunch. Armenia is known for its great barbecues, so I decided to cook up something new…and vegetarian.

The risotto turned out great, but the really amazing part for me was getting to know my co-workers in a totally new way. I’ve been working with the staff at SEF for three months now, but I usually meet with people individually, and always to discuss Kiva-related matters. Today I got to see everyone together as a community. We took our minds off work and joked around with each other. It was pretty neat!

Kiva is all about connecting people from all around the world, and we did just that with every bite. So today I raise my risotto-laden fork to Kiva. Whether you are a Kiva lender, borrower, or fellow, I wish you many more years of connection and community around the world!

Here are some pictures of the lunch, in case you’re interested:

Lunch at SEF...

A Photo, Between Bites of Risotto...

Joking With My Boss At SEF!

That Pot is Heavy!

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  • 1. Dan K.  |  2 July 2011 at 16:39

    Aha, I see…. the Mediterranean food connection! Now I remember your blog postings from Armenia. Vanick, what a cool thing for me to run into a Kiva Fellow. It was an honor to shake your hand while at the Fillmore Jazz Fest today.

  • 2. Antoine S. TERJANIAN  |  26 October 2010 at 18:39

    Dear Vanick
    You brought joy and hope to Armenia with this fellowship. I was able to see the amazing work you have achieved while in Ghana too. You did not only appeal to KIVA donors on behalf of Armenian borrowers, you donated from your own funds.
    Your visit to the university in Yeghegnadzor and your presentation there has awakened hope in many, showing them that humanity cares about them, that there are good hearts out there who see the difficulty of others and want to help.
    We wish you the best, whatever you do, and we hope you will find a way to come and visit us again.
    Best wishes for a successful continuation of your journey.

  • 3. Casey Unrein  |  26 October 2010 at 13:42

    Is that kitchen in the office?

    • 4. vanickd  |  26 October 2010 at 18:17

      Yes it is…

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