Stories tagged with Costa Rica

Dec 12, 2012 CR Costa Rica

my new ‘hood in San Carlos

A road trip with FUNDECOCA

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I arrived in San Carlos and started working at my second MFI. FUNDECOCA is one of Kiva’s newest partners… and they are really excited about working with Kiva!

My fellowship here started off with a bang as I was whisked off on day trips to visit some of FUNDECOCA’s credit communities. FUNDECOCA offers loans to 53 communities...

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Nov 11, 2012 CR Costa Rica

thank you, Kiva

Trekking to La Danta

Two weeks ago I headed out for the last of my borrower verifications with EDESA, the microfinance institution where I’ve been working. All week long I anticipated my trip to Golfito, which is way down in southern Costa Rica, in the Puntarenas province. I asked my colleagues about our portfolio there and peppered them with questions like: ‘Have you ever been to Golfito? How far is it from the Panamanian border? I heard it’s...

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Oct 10, 2012 CR Costa Rica

En route to San Carlos for some BVs

Visiting borrowers in rural Costa Rica

By all accounts, borrower verifications (BVs) have been a highlight for all Kiva Fellows who have had them on their work plans. I started mine last week, but I have to admit I went into them feeling apprehensive—especially since not all borrowers fully understand how Kiva works or how Kiva is even related to them.They all know they get money from the local bank...

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Oct 10, 2012 CR Costa Rica

Costa Rica so far has been nothing short of breathtaking. Those of you who’ve been here will remember its lush green landscapes, abundant tropical fruit, sunny 25oC days that constitute its ‘winter,’ magnificent animals and birds that we in Canada only know from pictures, and a sense of environmental protection that seems to be ingrained in the nation’s conscience.

waterfall in Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja

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Jan 1, 2012 AZ Azerbaijan

Compiled by Laurie Young, KF16, Indonesia

I know! We can’t believe it either! Our Kiva Fellowships, as the 16th class, have come to an end.  So what’s in store for us once we return to our homes? Or perhaps, stay in the field for another fellowship?  Read on for the next chapter in the lives of some of the 16th Class of Kiva Fellows Alumni.

Jim Burke, AFODENIC, Managua

I am returning to San Francisco after working around Latin America for the past year. Apparently,  it’s time to go home and get ‘a...

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Dec 12, 2011 CR Costa Rica

By Andrea Ramirez, KF 16, El Salvador & Costa Rica.

I love double rainbows, too.

I love hot water.

I also love designated bus stops, and having lunch with co-workers..not at my desk.

I love the noise that the leaves of plantain trees make when the wind hits them.

I love having a garbage removal service..instead of having to burn the garbage to get rid of it.

I love the smile on a borrower´s face when they´re told their loan will be...

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Dec 12, 2011 CR Costa Rica

Compiled by Kathrin Gerner, KF16, Rwanda

Fishing at the coast of Sierra Leone (by Tejal Desai)

December has long been the month of annual awards, looking back and frantic searches for presents. The Kiva fellows blog is no exception to this rule: Share the fellows’ memories by taking a photographic journey through Sierra Leone and watching a video about a typical day of a fellow conducting loan officer trainings. Learn about some incredible women in Costa...

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Dec 12, 2011 CR Costa Rica

By Andrea Ramirez, KF16, Costa Rica.

The Women of the Year!

Today I was a judge for the first time.  I had the honor of being invited to represent Kiva as part of the jury for Fundación Mujer’s 8th annual Woman Entrepreneur Awards for 2011. Today was a day full of stories of strength and success, told by some of the bravest women I have ever met.  I knew these women had to be pretty amazing, but my imagination wasn’t wild enough to have predicted the struggles...

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Nov 11, 2011 CR Costa Rica

Oxen hauling coffee harvests in La Sierra, Platanares, Costa Rica.

 By Julie Kerr, KF16, Costa Rica  Part 2:  Microfinance Models in Costa Rica – Featuring FUDECOSUR   (See... Continue Reading >>
Oct 10, 2011 CR Costa Rica

One of FUDECOSUR’s 45 Village Banks - Pueblo Nuevo, Región Brunca, Costa Rica

By Julie Kerr, KF16, Costa Rica Part 1:  Microfinance Models in Costa Rica – Featuring FUDECOSUR   (Check out ... Continue Reading >>

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