A Change of Perspective

By Matt Raimondi, KF11, Honduras

I recently arrived in Juticalpa, Honduras to begin my Kiva Fellowship at FAMA OPD’F, a brand new Kiva partner.  (FAMA has yet to post any loans but will be posting their first loans in the upcoming weeks.  Be on the lookout for a blog post announcing their first loans!)

FAMA HQ, Juticalpa, Honduras

A longtime Kiva supporter, I began lending over three years ago and became a Volunteer Spanish Translator for Kiva a year and a half ago. I was always looking for ways to get more involved with Kiva and longed to be able to work on the ground and make a difference in the field.  When I came upon the Kiva Fellows Program I knew it was meant to be.

I will be attending business school in the fall and knew this was the ideal opportunity to do a Kiva Fellowship.  A little over a month ago I quit my job.  After an intense, weeklong Kiva Fellows training I moved out of my apartment in San Francisco and two weeks ago I arrived in Honduras.  It’s been a whirlwind month to say the least.  The transition from Volunteer Spanish Translator to Kiva Fellow has been an eye-opening experience.  I went from translating loan descriptions to being fully immersed in the daily operations of an MFI.  In the first two weeks of my Kiva Fellowship I have learned a lot about Kiva, microfinance and myself.  Kiva places an immense amount of trust and responsibility on the Kiva Fellows and I am grateful for the opportunity to make an impact at Kiva and in the microfinance community.  I know I am in the right place and am very excited to bring another MFI onto Kiva’s platform!

Over the next three months I look forward to sharing my experiences with you on the Kiva Fellows blog!

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