As surprised as my family and friends were when I told them that I’m heading off to Kyrgyzstan, that’s about as surprised as my Kiva colleagues were when they found out that I’m also heading to Frankfurt, for a portion of my Kiva Fellowship
At first pass, Germany doesn’t seem like a country that would fit with Kiva
’s non-profit microfinance orientation and mission statement. Yet, in Frankfurt, one of the world’s prominent financial centres, an innovative start-up and recent Kiva Field Partner
, Yunus Social Business
(“YSB”), is pushing the envelope of social business investing, globally and on Kiva. And, although headquartered in Frankfurt, YSB currently operates across Haiti, Albania, Tunisia, Uganda, Colombia, Brazil, and India.
After spending the majority of September and October in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, I set out to Frankfurt, Germany, to complete the second half of my Kiva Fellowship with YSB. To give you a sense of my life here in Frankfurt, and more importantly, a point of comparison to my life in Bishkek
, I’ve put together a follow up photo blog.
Once again, I hope you enjoy reading about, as much as I have enjoyed experiencing, a day in the life of a Kiva Fellow, this time, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Wake up, shower and grab a quick breakfast at the apartment
Head out of the building and walk down pedestrian streets and through a leafy park nearby, towards the office
As I approach downtown, skyscrapers begin to emerge in the distance
Cross a busy throughway and arrive at the YSB headquarters in Frankfurt
Enter the office, pass by open work spaces, and take a seat at my desk for the morning
Just before noon, I run a quick errand at a shopping centre on Zeil, Frankfurt’s busiest commercial street
On my way back, I pass through a pop-up market and pick up some lunch
Back at the office, it’s time for group lunch. I have an office favourite – take-away, loaded, potato soup!
Back at my desk, I check out the view from the office windows – great street art in this ‘up and coming’ neighbourhood
In the evening, heading for dinner, I leave the office, walk through the city’s financial core, pass by the European Central Bank headquarters and cross the historic Romer square
As I continue south, I cross the Main river and find it difficult to ignore the great skyline views
South of the river, in the Sachsenhausen district, I head to the old town, for traditional German cuisine
For dinner, it’s Schnitzel with fries, and a local beverage!
After dinner, I meet a colleague and we stop at a traditional Apfelwein ciderhouse… to sample Frankfurt’s finest!
On the way back to my apartment, night settles in across the river and lights up local sites, like the historic Alter Oper
As my fellowship comes to its end, I wanted to thank all the great staff at YSB for their hospitality over the past five weeks. A special shout out goes to Teddy, YSB’s Kiva Coordinator, seen on the far left of the group photo below, for all her hard work and dedication, making the Kiva-YSB partnership a reality. Thank you Teddy and YSB!
Please, join me in supporting YSB loans and social business investing on Kiva, here