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My top 10 favorite Boricuan words

I’m from Costa Rica, a Spanish-speaking country, so I didn’t expect to have many language barriers during my time in Puerto Rico, but I was wrong. So, for anyone coming to Puerto Rico, this is my top 10 list of favorite Puerto Rican words and their meanings.

Kentucky, Minus the Fried Chicken

A Fresh Start: CACMU’s Support for Victims of Domestic Violence

Nestled in the northern city of Ibarra, a new Kiva partner, CACMU (Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Mujeres Unidas), offers an impressive line of products to the community.

A glimpse inside Nairobi's informal settlements

In his first trip to the African continent, Pope Francis began his three-country tour in Nairobi, Kenya, which drew hundreds of thousands of adherents to the country’s capital.

Andean Mountain High: a day in Chimbo

San José de Chimbo, my Ecuador Mountain H

Portuguese 101: The Best Literally Translated Brazilian-Portuguese Words

With over 2 years living in Brazil and speaking Brazilian Portuguese, I’ve reached the point of conversing where I have stopped literally translating in my head when I speak. I even find my instinctual reaction to come out in Portuguese. Nossa! Opa!

A more peaceful society? How your Kiva loan might help.

It’s been a week when reports of shocking terrorist atrocities (Paris, Beirut, Nigeria – and, as I write, Mali) have been dominating our news bulletins and social media feeds.

If You Really Want to Make a Friend, Go to Someone’s House and Eat With Him

A Ride with Robin Hood: portrait of a loan officer

            Ebert is waiting for me at 7 am as promised, crouched by his motorbike, his hoodie cinched, looking like a benevolent bandit.  He hands me a helmet, I mount the bike behind him, and we're off to visit

Making a difference, one toilet at a time

It’s rainy season here in Nairobi, and the dirt roads of Mukuru - one of the largest informal settlements in the city - have turned into thick muddy footpaths and fast flowing streams.

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