Kiva Lending Team: Fans of Aki Ra
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Aki Ra inspires us.
((I'll do a poor job telling this story but here's what I've heard. Corrections are welcome.))
Aki Ra has disarmed 50,000 landmines in Cambodia with handtools. He has adopted child victims of landmines and paid for their schooling. He once worked for the UN demining.
He doesn't know his age or his real name (Aki Ra was appropriated from an Akira refrigerator because it sounds cool.) The Khmer decimated his family and village and then took him in as a very young soldier, and had him lay thousands of mines.
See Trent Harris' 5-minute documentary telling Aki Ra's story, youtu.be/7Pw-2yMC5BE Since this video was made, at the insistence of the current Cambodian government, Aki Ra uses more equipment and better protection when disarming mines.
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Tiaitupe received a loan from Bob Stein to buy vegetable seeds, chemicals, a wheelbarrow, water tank, rake, shovel, hand gloves, and safety boots.
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