This year, I left my job to pursue my passions and am thrilled to have been selected as a Kiva Fellow. While I& 39;m still waiting to hear in which country my Fellowship will take place, at the end of June I& 39;ll be heading out to work in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, a very enclosed, very rural country in West Africa (ranked 161st out of 169 countries on the UN Human Development Index) setting up a Kiva Partnership with NGO Entrepreneurs du Monde, to help their local network of small-scale entrepreneurs access financing via Kiva lenders worldwide.
What is Kiva?
Where you come in
As the Kiva Fellows Program is an unpaid, volunteer position - no stipend or housing is provided - Kiva expects its fellows to fundraise for the entire journey. I& 39;ll be working in Burkina Faso, which is a land-locked country in West Africa, small and poor and unfortunately, VERY expensive to fly to from Canada!
As you can see from my draft budget below, expenses really add up - I don& 39;t know how I could do it without you guys!! Your generosity is so very much appreciated!
$1000 airfare to San Francisco for training week
$4000 airfare to host country, plus taxes and fees
$150 Visa estimate
$450 malaria pills
$1,845 food (123 days x $15/day)
$500 local transportation (buses, taxis, etc)
$450 mobile phone and internet
$250 misc supplies (mosquito nets, sleeping bag lining, etc.)
These are my minimum cost estimates but I& 39;m hoping to be able to cover anything else that comes up. For the flights, I& 39;m going to try to get airmiles donations if possible via milepoint.
If you are in a position to contribute to my work as a Kiva Fellow, I would be grateful for your consideration and support.
Other Ways You Can Help
Share my campaign
I would be so grateful if you shared my campaign with your friends, family, colleagues, community groups, rich uncles, or anyone else who enjoys supporting a great cause! My fundraising efforts can reach an infinately broader audience with a click of your button - made even simpler by the Indiegogo share tools for Twitter, Google+, Facebook and email links.
Introduce me to locals
If you know anyone in the area where I& 39;m posted, I& 39;d love to be put in touch!
Join Kiva for free!
This doesn& 39;t directly support my Fellowship but it supports the Kiva cause and micro-entrepreneurs globally - which is good enough for me! A generous donor has placed money with Kiva in order to individuals new to Kiva to try it out for free, using $25 of his donated funds. To sign up and give Kiva a try at no cost to you, click here: http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/diana1770
Come visit me!!
Yes, as mentioned, Burkina Faso is expensive to get to, but maybe for you Europeans, an affordable flight from London could be possible?? Would be so great to have you!