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Behind the Scenes… The Trilogy: Training 23 Kiva Agents

Weaving, Women, and Justice in Guatemala

Today in Guatemala's Supreme Court, closing arguments are being delivered in the trial of former head of state, Efraín Ríos Montt on the accusations of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Microfinance 101: Guatemala Video Lessons "From the Field to the Classroom" [VIDEOS]

 
 
Last year, I served as a substitute teacher in my hometown of Minnetonka, Minnesota. 

The importance of financial products and services in Kenya

They have the passion and desire to locate borrowers living in the most remote areas regardless of distance, language and weather. All this effort is to ensure that there is financial inclusion and to create a positive impact in the lives of communities.

Guatemala's Feria de Sololá is not your average state fair

This feria is held every year from August 7 to the 17 and boasts daily parades, colorful indigenous clothing, religious activities, musical performances, typical food such as garnachas (similiar to flat, mini tacos) and of course fireworks. The feria honors the Virgen de la Asunción, or the “patron saint” of the Sololá department.  

A rewarding journey to a Kiva borrower in Ghana

“I went to two other banks, but they won’t give me all the money I want... [and] Interest was high, and it was too much for me to pay."
"Advans will lend me the money I need, at a good price,” she added.

How microfinance helps Haiti recover from natural disasters

Banks are extremely difficult to access due to their paperwork requirements and initial capital or collateral. They also have an extremely bad reputation amongst the rural population, particularly in terms of poor practices when collecting repayments. As Louis, a borrower, explained, “There is a vicious circle of indebtedness when people go to banks.”

Fighting deforestation through innovation in Haiti

I knew about deforestation but was still taken aback to see it so clearly. Unlike its neighbour the Dominican Republic, which has 41% of its land covered by forest, Haiti struggles to reach a 4% coverage. This is a stark contrast from the 1920s, when forests covered 75% of the land. 

One man's journey from small-scale farmer to successful entrepreneur

Within a short period, Jackson has been able to expand his farmland to cover a full two acres, expand his business and employ people in his village, thereby creating a ripple effect of economic opportunity.

How water and sanitation loans lead to big outcomes

With over a quarter billion people from different ethnic groups, Indonesia is a dense melting pot and has the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Yet, despite its rapid economic growth, the country also faces enormous challenges.

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