The joys of traveling are limitless, especially when your journey is for a good cause. The people you meet, the relationships formed, the new scenery, the street art, and, of course, the local cuisine are just a few things that make adventures in unfamiliar places so exciting. This week, our Kiva fellows shared some highlights from their first days out in the field!

 



Paula Vega is spending her fellowship in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She enjoys going for walks through the neighborhood and seeing all the street art that Santurce is famous for.
 


 

“Happiness is starting the day with an agua de coco!” - Julian Guelig in Brazil
 


 

A beautiful hike is a sure way to bring anyone some happiness. Kiva fellow Jennifer Hamilton took in the view of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from the top of Mount Washington.
 

 
“I went on an impromptu field visit to learn about the energy efficient stoves my partner sells. This is an end user who has saved 50% of charcoal cost since using the stove. It was very rewarding to gradually build trust with her and turn the concern over our presence into a beautiful smile!” - Ran Fan in Uganda


It's not everyday that one can indulge in home-grown coffee. Julian Fellerman not only is learning about how the coffee culture of Nicaragua is developing, but also has the pleasure of enjoying a locally-sourced macchiato from Cafe Espressionista in Granada, Nicaragua.
 


A highlight for fellow Axel Stelk (center) was the Kiva City SF launch that took place at San Francisco’s historic City Hall where he “met a lot of great borrowers and one that stood out particularly. So much Kiva green and general energy in the room, absolutely amazing event!” Axel is pictured with SF borrower Seth. You can read about Seth’s inspiring story here: https://zip.kiva.org/loans/16709

 

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