Posts tagged ‘Amber Barger’

A field partner grows from the pilot to active stage

Congratulations to Credit Mongol! This Kiva field partner in Mongolia recently achieved active status on the Kiva website.  As you may well know, Kiva partners with microfinance institutions (MFIs), like Credit Mongol, in countries across the globe, reaching hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs. These partnerships are what make Kiva possible on a large scale.

Kiva Fellow and Credit Mongol Kiva staff

Kiva Fellow and Credit Mongol Kiva staff


27 March 2011 at 18:00 4 comments

Ten interviews with Mongolian entrepreneurs

By Amber Barger, KF14, Mongolia

A borrower verification is a thorough check of ten random Kiva borrowers of a field partner. It’s used to verify the accuracy of the information published on the borrower profiles on the Kiva website. A borrower verification happens several times throughout the course of a partnership in order to assess a microfinance institution’s performance levels. Read below about the ten borrowers I visited through a borrower verification with XacBank.

Continue Reading 23 February 2011 at 07:00 3 comments

Happy Lunar New Year! How local traditions affect the business cycle

Happy Lunar New Year! Сар шинэдээ сайхан шинэлээрэй, as we say in Mongolian. Today, the countries and communities across the world who traditionally follow the lunar calendar are celebrating the first day of the New Year! Boy! – Microloan demands sure have been high lately. The need for loans center around traditional activities practiced for the Lunar New Year holiday.


3 February 2011 at 06:00 3 comments

Video: How the connection happens – Kiva Coordinators

A Kiva Coordinator is someone who organizes and manages the Kiva program at one of Kiva’s field partners. Watch the video to find out what a Kiva Coordinator does everyday, their favorite aspects of working with Kiva, and also the challenges of being a Kiva Coordinator. As a Roaming Fellow, I had the opportunity to interview three Mongolian field partners – XacBank, Credit Mongol, and Transcapital.


23 January 2011 at 05:00 6 comments

“9 Nines” – Nine sets of nine days of Mongolian winter

The winter technically began on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year – December 22. Although from October, families have been making fires to keep warm and temperatures have been well below freezing. Now we’re in the fourth set of nines in the Mongolian winter, the coldest set! I woke up this morning to -33 degree Fahrenheit temperatures in the capital city. The seasonal calendar greatly influences the types of micro businesses in Mongolia. In the wintertime, many of the businesses focus on keeping the general population warm.

Continue Reading 20 January 2011 at 05:00 2 comments

All in a weekend’s work: Trade fairs and certificate ceremonies

By Amber Barger, KF13, Mongolia.

Recently, I was able to travel to the countryside and combine many of my Kiva Fellow duties into one trip. With XacBank, I traveled to Uvurkhangai and Bayankhongor Provinces together with the Kiva Coordinator. We interviewed Kiva entrepreneurs, attended trade fairs, trained loan officers, and participated in a very special certificate ceremony – all in four days!

Continue Reading 4 January 2011 at 03:19 3 comments

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