Stories tagged with Peru

Aug 8, 2009 PE Peru

by Rob Mittelman, KF8, Peru

When I visit Kiva Borrowers, I bring along a colour printout of their Kiva Profile for them to keep. For many of them it’s a real thrill. They knew their information was on the internet but had never seen their page, their picture, or read their own story before (our stories appear in the original Spanish underneath the English translation). It usually gets passed around and shown to all present. There are always lots of giggles and some embarrassment as I tell them people in the US...

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Jul 7, 2009 PE Peru

By Suzy Marinkovich, KF8 Peru

When did I begin to learn about savings?  I can’t say I’m any good at it, but at one point far and long ago, I know I learned about it.

I suppose it was simply modeled to me by my parents, dedicated savers and cautious spenders.  For many of us, saving seems so natural a concept that it’s hard to climb outside of our nutshells to see the rest of the world’s reality.  Banks are readily available to many of us, and they often shell out incentives for us to save with them – collecting interest, investing, and the like.  It seems...

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Jul 7, 2009 PE Peru

By Courtney Kemps, KF8 Peru

Recently I made the mistake of trying to visit a Kiva borrower during Peru’s countrywide transportation strike on July 8th and 9th, a mistake which had rather scary consequences (fortunately of short duration)!  Transportation associations around the country had called for the strike in response to a new law passed by the government, a law which greatly increased the fines for driving offenses such as speeding or running a red light.  Many people felt that the law was unfair because the fines were out of proportion to people’s salaries: those who...

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Jul 7, 2009 PE Peru

Posted by Lee Bruner KF8

In Cusco, Perú, there are numerous holidays during the winter months of June and July. Most recently the town celebrated Inti Raymi (the Sun Festival), an Incan tradition marking the beginning of a new year with the winter soltice. Many  companies make up their own traditional outfits and march through the main square in a parade that lasts for around 12 hours.

I am currently working with Asociación Arariwa, Kiva’s field partner in the Sacred Valley of Perú. When I arrived last month, preparations for Inti Raymi were already underway: signs...

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Jul 7, 2009 PE Peru

By Courtney Kemps, KF8 Peru

Last week I spoke with Patricia Isidro, supervisor of the loan officers in Manuela Ramos’s Pucallpa office, about a wave of pyramid schemes which seriously affected many of the institution’s borrowers in the Pucallpa area over the past year.  This “pyramid game” (juego de la pirámide), as it is known here, can take several different forms, but most commonly each person recruits two others to contribute 300 soles (about $100).  These two each recruit two more, and so on down the line.  The money is transferred up the pyramid to the person at the...

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Jul 7, 2009 PE Peru

by Rob Mittelman, KF8 Peru

A Kiva Fellow has many jobs. I have well over a dozen different tasks on my workplan.

Some of them bring us great joy and inspiration like interviewing Kiva Borrowers and getting to know new cultures and new people.

Some let us be creative like this blog and all the Flip Camera videos you see.

Some make us feel like management consultants or professors preparing PowerPoint decks and going through trainings with our MFIs on new Kiva policies or web tools.

We write about these experiences because of how fun it is to be a...

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Jun 6, 2009 PE Peru

By Suzy Marinkovich, KF8 Peru

As I sat this morning, drowning in over 50 borrower interviews I’d done that need to be typed and uploaded, I felt overwhelmed with bureaucracy.  Our Kiva Coordinator then walked in to let me know we had five more community bank meetings – FIVE – meaning I had a ton more interviews to do.   For a moment, I actually thought about turning her down so I could catch up on typing up the previous ones.  Regardless, I picked up my scrappy notebook and pen and ran downstairs to meet with the first group of women.

As I interviewed, I...

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Jun 6, 2009 PE Peru

This past week I heard from a friend in the US who got the new iPhone. It looks pretty cool – smaller, faster, and even has the long-awaited cut/copy/paste feature. All for just USD $199…

But what if you used your phone to make a living? What if it had nothing to do with apps, downloading music or texting your friends?

Last week I interviewed groups that were getting loan disbursements and also followed up with existing Kiva borrowers. While the majority of clients were planning buy more merchandise for their general stores or small...

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Jun 6, 2009 PE Peru

By Courtney Kemps, KF8 Peru

Earlier this week I accompanied Maribel, director of Manuela Ramos’s Pucallpa office, and Liz, one of the loan officers, to an informational meeting for a new group of borrowers that turned out to be more of an adventure than any of us had expected.  We rose early Monday morning to take a long wooden boat from Pucallpa’s port up the Ucayali River to a tiny town called Nuevo Paraiso (New Paradise).  It was Manuela Ramos’s first visit to New Paradise, a town populated by indigenous Shipibo-speaking people who had heard about the possibility of...

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Jun 6, 2009 PE Peru

In a desperate last-minute attempt to get my name off the top of the “least-blogging fellows” list and fulfill my grandma’s request for more blogs, I’d like to share some of my favorite photos from my 10-week placement at Asociacion Arariwa in Cusco, Peru.

Arariwa is an amazing organization with an extremely dedicated group of loan officers. I was consistently impressed with loan officers’ dedication to their clients—not just putting in long hours for little pay and running risks by carrying cash, but in some cases even relocating to remote villages in order to serve clients without...

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