Duen Krittika, KF25 in Myanmar
I learned that most of the farmers in Delta area in Myanmar, they have a duck farm for their second income. They buy baby ducks, raise them and sell the eggs. I want to support them with Kiva loan!
Susan Lee, KF25 in Malawi
That everyone learns at a different rate and that we should be tolerant and patient. I already knew this but sometimes life throws a lesson my way to remind me.
Also, we may want to try and 'change the world', but sometimes, the world doesn't want to change.
Vince Main, KF25 in Azerbaijan
The thing I've recently learned, or perhaps I should say become reacquainted with, is the importance of family. Serving as a Kiva Fellow in Azerbaijan you get a unique insight into the local culture. One of the things I admire most about the Azeri people is the importance that family plays in their lives. It is very common to see kids walk down the street arm in arm with parents (yes even moody teenagers) and there is an utter respect towards parents. Families pull together at work and at home with the common goal of improving everyone's situation.
Shannon Kossick, KF25 in Ghana
Macaroni and Cheese is not a translatable dish, even if the official language spoken during the interaction was English.
I present to you my Mac & Cheese dinner last night: baloney, butter and chopped chicken on toasted sandwiches. The chicken on the side was an additional request from me should the meal not quite be the same as what I was used to back home...and it wasn't.
I am genuinely humbled by the generosity and kindness of all the Kiva Zip trustees who receive no monetary compensation for the amazing work that they do. I just interviewed an amazing trustee this morning who lives an eight hour bus ride from Nairobi and planned his entire three day business trip around my invitation to visit our office.
Sarah Renfer, KF25 in Paraguay
Here's my 6 learnings on how to survive rain in Asuncion:
1. There will be water everywhere - due to the lack of drains - and you will have to step in it eventually, but make sure you see where you're stepping, there might be a gaping hole there...
2. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing. In case you thought that means your fancy rain jacket you misunderstood me. I mean flip flops and shorts, so you can easily wash up, get dry and switch into your work shoes at the office.
3. Train your foot muscles to hold on to those flip flops! You don't want to see them float away!
4. Know the hills and valleys of the city, water will always flow to the lowest point, and you don't want to have to cross the street right there.
5. Pay attention to puddles! Not because of stepping into them, but to avoid getting splashed on by a passing car.
6. Enjoy the rain, you're finally not sweating anymore!