Stories tagged with Costa Rica

Jan 1, 2011 CR Costa Rica

Rachel Gittinger, KF13, Costa Rica

Today, we honor Martin Luther King Jr., a man who stood for justice and equality in face of great adversity.  We are reminded that despite progress since the civil rights movement, both the USA and the world continue to face xenophobia and other divisive forces.  Fundación Mujer demonstrates that microcredit can be one tool that effectively counters these challenges and offers opportunity to the oppressed.

Costa Rica is a country known for keeping the peace. In fact, they are often referred to as the “Switzerland of the Americas...

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Dec 12, 2010 CR Costa Rica

Having completed my fellowship at EDESA Costa Rica, I’d like to share with you an explanatory video of the MFI and its lending methodology.  Enjoy.

Happy Holidays, warmest wishes, peace, love, and platanos.

John Murphy is a recently retired Kiva Fellow who served at EDESA in San José, Costa Rica.  He has returned stateside and...

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Nov 11, 2010 CR Costa Rica

Costa Rican women can give thanks for many things:

Educationally, they have comparative literacy and enrollment rates as their male counterparts.  Economically, they are doing exponentially better than their Central American neighbors, such as Nicaragua.  Politically, they are represented by the country’s first female president, Laura Chinchilla.  Legally, they are protected by a pro-woman legislature and institutions such as the INAMU, or National Institution of the Woman.  Socially, however, there is ground to be covered.

A downtown billboard this week read “at least 42...

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Nov 11, 2010 CR Costa Rica

By Rachel Gittinger, KF13, Costa Rica

Every MFI offers credit in the form of micro-loans.  It is, after all, the point of their existence.  However, many institutions, including Fundación Mujer, offer an array of other services as well.  These “wraparound” services can include anything from doctor’s visits to funeral insurance.  At the Fundación, they take the form of several capacity building activities. Courses cover a variety of topics; cooking, jam making, giving haircuts and manicures, developing viable business plans and adequately pricing services, just to name a few.

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Oct 10, 2010 CR Costa Rica

By Gabriel Francis, Kiva Fellow class 12 in Costa Rica

When asked what they think of Costa Rica most people usually refer to the poster in their local travel agency, white palm beaches, virgin cloud forests, and toucans. Yet, there is a side of Costa Rica that the tour packages pouring out of San Jose regrettably fail to recount. The truth is, while eco-tourism and liberal trade agreements have brought prosperity to some in Costa Rica, many Ticos still live below the poverty line.

Is ignorance bliss? We Kiva Lenders know better.

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Sep 9, 2010 CR Costa Rica

by Gabriel Francis, Kiva Fellow at FUDECOSUR Costa Rica

Today, coffee lovers across the United States celebrate National Coffee Day. While you enjoy your daily cup you can take joy in knowing that your Kiva loans help support the independent coffee farmers who made it possible.

A coffee farmer proudly shows of his crop funded by a Kiva Loan. 25% of Kiva loans to Costa Rica support independent coffee growers.

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Sep 9, 2010 CR Costa Rica

By Gabriel Francis, Kiva Fellow class 12, FUDECOSUR Costa Rica

With few exceptions, wherever you are in the world there is a McDonalds nearby. From Bucharest to Bangladesh every restaurant has some variation of the classic hamburger, the Big Mac.

So what does a hamburger have to do with Micro-Finance?

Big Mac Index, source: The Economist Magazine

More than you might think. Some clever economists at The Economist Group have found the price of the ...

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Sep 9, 2010 CR Costa Rica

This past weekend Steven, Gerardo, and I made our way to Talamanca, indigenous territory in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone.  There we met with three up-and-coming ECCs set up with the help of Peace Corps volunteer Chase Adam.

The ECCs have been successfully lending and recollecting money for months , and are hoping to expand with funds from EDESA and Kiva.

We rode, walked, ran, and swam (okay, we didn’t swim) in order to get there, and made it back in time for the work week.  Check out the video below for a recap of the visit.

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Aug 8, 2010 CR Costa Rica

Enjoy

Also:

“On the road in Costa Rica…in ten seconds”

And a bonus:

“Sometimes it rains here…in ten seconds”

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Aug 8, 2010 CR Costa Rica

Social Responsibility: The principle that companies should contribute to the welfare of society and not be solely devoted to maximizing profits

(source: dictionary.reference.com)

EDESA requires every ECC it serves to have a Social Responsibility Program.  This means that the organization must  be making efforts to achieve social, environmental, and financial sustainability.

Last Friday Luiz Jimenez (EDESA executive director), Gerardo Barillas (FINCA coordinator) and I visited ECC Vivero Datraban in Upala, Costa Rica.  The purpose of the visit was to...

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