I think it is one of the most effective ways to alleviate poverty and empower women.
The photo is of myself and Usha Shrestha, a Kiva borrower who runs a small sweet shop selling traditional Newari deserts and Indian samosas in Nepal.
I work for an international NGO, Save the Children, as a Project Coordinator where I manage a youth program for Aboriginal young people in the West Kimberley Region of Western Australia.
I was previously based in Nepal as a Kiva Fellow.
Originally from Western Australia, Polly graduated from Bond
University in Queensland with a Bachelor of International Relations
and a Bachelor of Journalism in 2006. During university, Polly worked
at a national newspaper in Vietnam and volunteered at an orphanage in
Nepal. Upon the completion of her studies, Polly moved to Melbourne
where she worked as the Assistant Coordinator of a homeless shelter
and as a night shift volunteer at a domestic violence refuge for
women. Her experience in community affairs prompted her interest in
overseas development and led her to begin a Master of Development
Studies at the University of Melbourne. As part of her studies, Polly
recently completed an internship at the United Nations Headquarters
and created a publication for World Vision; Australia’s largest
international NGO. Polly looks forward to returning to Nepal to gain
experience in microfinance and improve her Nepali.
Bhagabati Shrestha received a Kiva loan of $275 to purchase a new variety of watches and clocks for her shop.
Bhagabati’s clock and watch shop is located downstairs from her house and is in the heart of [...]
In the last ten years, Dipa has learnt a lot about running a successful grocery store business. Dipa knows which products sell best and that a small loan to increase the variety of her stock can improve sales. [...]
Jamuna recently received a Kiva loan of Rs. 10, 000 to purchase new stock for her grocery store. Because of all the competition in her community, Jamuna used her loan to try something a little different.
Babita Bajarcharya originally took out a Kiva loan of $125 to invest in the grocery shop that she ran with her husband.
Since taking out the loan, Babita found there was too much competition in her community [...]
Sanju Rajbhandari and her husband own a small garment shop that sells pre-made clothes and also makes a number of garments on the premises.
The garment shop employs four workers and Sanju’s husband also does [...]