Take a look at Amber’s new blog post with her adventure in Mongolia, as a 3rd year Peace Corps Volunteer Leader, and KIVA person!


Mongolian Borrowers in the Dairy Industry: See PCVL/KIVA Amber Barger’s post #fb Kiva Stories from the field.  Gaileee

Here is a little snippit from Amber’s post.

There are several obstacles facing Mongolia’s dairy industry:1) Inadequate collection and treatment infrastructure causes 1/3 of milk to spoil on the way to a processing facility

2) Lack of technical expertise and access to capacity-building and trainings for dairy operators in urban and rural areas

3) Preference of new generation for imported, processed milk compared to domestically produced milk

4) Lack of trust by, usually urban, Mongolians in the quality of locally produced dairy goods

5) Insufficient in both quality and quantity of services for milk producers from breeders, veterinarians, and feed producers

6) A need for modern technology and equipment to make small-scale dairy producers more efficient and increase output

M21’s blogs!  Enjoy!

I spoke to Amber earlier in the week. She has been honored to be the master of ceremonies during the upcoming M21 induction ceremony. That is just so cool!

(proud mama!)

Amber looks forward to using her two years of experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer to assist me in my Kiva Fellowship. Please follow Amber over the next year as she tries to give you a look into Mongolian borrowers, culture and business practices, among other things.

Amber Barger in an rural area outside of Uvurkhangai Province, Mongolia

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In the June 2010 issue of the National Geographic, I found it cool that two Mongolian peeps were listed as 2010 Emerging Explorers.  Each year the National Geographic Emerging Explorers Program selects rising talents who push the boundaries of discovery, adventure, and global problem solving.  The 2010 class consists of amazing individuals who are innovators in their respective fields.  They are the new visionaries, and inspire people to care about the planet. Fourteen were recognized.

Who from Mongolia, or studying Mongolia?

Paleontologist Bolorstseg Minjin, unearths extraordinary dinosaur and mammal fossils from the Gobi desert while inspiring a new generation of native-born Mongolian paleontologists.


Bioarchaeologist Christine Lee analyzes ancient skeletal remains, bringing new understanding of China and Mongolia’s rich cultural diversity, past and present.

When Amber and I visited the National Museum in Ulaanbaater, there must have been over 70 different diverse types of peoples, that live now in Mongolia.  It was an awesome museum.

What? M19 – Mongolia set number 19 Peace Corps Volunteer, and now a KIVA 12, the 12th set to go out into the world. Here is the article introducing the K12’s!

23 July 2010
by Gabriel Francis, Kiva Fellows class 12, FUDECOSUR Costa Rica

Hello from beautiful San Francisco!

kiva fellows class 12

The KF12 class take a break from training to visit the Golden Gate bridge.

As member of the upcoming Kiva Fellows class 12 (KF12), I am excited but exhausted. Although Kiva Fellow class 11 is still in the field a new class is already preparing to follow in their steps. Last week myself and the 37 new Fellows of KF12 graduated from an intense week of training.

Over the week KF12 marched through crash course trainings in finance, social performance measurement, media training and more. Thankfully it wasn’t all borrowers and balance sheets. At nights we had a great time participating in events like the Kiva Social.

Our class includes investment bankers from Wells Fargo, technologists from Google, lawyers, Fullbright scholars, and Peace Corps volunteers in Mongolia. Each of us has set aside our jobs to volunteer in harsh conditions as diverse as the mountains of Moldova to the savanna plains of Sierra Leone. Keep an eye on the Fellows Bio page for the full roster which will be updated soon. In my case, I’m taking a sabbatical from Google to document entrepreneur stories in the cloud forests of southern Costa Rica, some of whom are accessible only by motorcycle and machete. By the end of our fellowship we will have a hands-on experience of micro-finance unparalleled in the world.

Please join me in congratulating the upcoming Kiva Fellows class 12. We deploy in under a week! I can’t wait to read your stories.
Kiva Fellows Class 12, KF12

Introducing the Kiva Fellows Class 12 (KF12)

*Just as a side note, the people in the number one are deployed to South America and such, and the people in the number 2, are going to other countries, Mongolia, Africa, etc…

Here is a website that has instructions on building a Mongolian Yurt……don’t they know it isn’t called a Yurt?  It is a Ger!


Wow,  it seems like yesterday that two years ago Amber Sue went off to the United States Peace Corps.  Mine you, I’ve seen her when I went to visit, and we had her come home for Christmas/New Years this past season.  She’ll come home briefly also to do some KIVA training, go to a wedding, and visit relatives (stock up on peanut butter too) and friends, before she heads off for her third year in PC!

She is a PCVL and a KIVA person for the next year.  Who knows what that will take her into next……..

Amber wishes everyone  a happy Tsaagan Sar, or Lunar New Year.

This past week Amber attended an awards ceremony hosted by the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce titled “Silk Road Awards.” The awards are focused at foreign projects, programs, NGOs, and individuals working in Mongolian business development. There were mostly awards for organizations, like the Asian Development Bank, Mercy Corps, the United Nations Development Program, the German Embassy, the largest mining company in Mongolia – Oyu Tolgoi.

Amber was one of the couple of individuals who received an award.  She was awarded the “Partner of the Year for Rural Economic Development.”

The Peace Corps business program nominated Amber  about two weeks ago – and Amber found out on Tuesday afternoon that she got the award.  Amber quickly traveled into Ulaanbaatar to attend the awards ceremony on Wednesday night.  She wore her traditional Mongolian clothing, which the city Mongolians really liked.

Isn’t her Mongolian clothing lovely?  She is pictured here with her Business Country Director Bagi (who loves to fish!).

Mongolian Ger Photos on Flickr

G P-B. Mongolia Adventure

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