Drawings from Training and Greetings from Boston
You’ll be hearing a lot from the 14th batch of Kiva Fellows (KF14) in the next few months but I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself while my Internet is fast and my motivation to go outside is low (it’s below freezing in Boston).
I’m headed to South Africa in less than a week to work with Women’s Development Businesses (WDB) as they transition from a pilot partnership to an active partnership with Kiva. Fortunately for me, EB Moore (KF13) has been laying the groundwork in Richard’s Bay and I’ll have the benefit of her expertise during my first two weeks on the job.
Throughout my fellowship, expect plenty of short videos and updates as I get to know the staff and borrowers in KwaZulu-Natal and as I learn more about not only WDB’s microfinance programs but also their community programs and partnerships. If you have any questions about WDB, just send them my way or leave a comment and I’ll try my best to provide some on-the-ground insight.
Before I sign off and turn on a space heater, I’d like to give a big “Thank you!” to Kiva staff for hosting an incredible training last week in San Francisco. I think I can safely say that all of us KF14ers ended the week very excited to get into the field and get our projects rolling with our assigned microfinance institutions (MFIs). I can’t wait for their updates to start pouring in….
Alexis Ditkowsky (KF14) will start work with Women’s Development Businesses in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa at the end of the month. Check out WDB’s lending team and stay tuned for new loans on their lending page.
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