Stories tagged with Peru

Apr 4, 2011 PE Peru

By Geeta Uhl, KF14, Peru

I originally went out into the campo (countryside) to complete one of my borrower verifications for Kiva. One of the borrowers that I had to verify was no longer a member of FINCA Peru, so one of the rural loan officers, Norma, agreed to take me to his home if I accompanied her for the day.

6:00am: We started the day meeting at the bus stop in Ayacucho and squeezed into the last remaining spaces (not really seats) in a combi-van to Compania, an area known for its brick-making.  Norma is one of the 2 rural loan officers in the...

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Apr 4, 2011 AM Armenia

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky, KF14, South Africa

Most of the photos for April Fools' Day were ready before we even hatched our plans (Cambodia pictured)

We hope you enjoyed our April Fools post on Friday! While we were entertaining ourselves pulling it all together, we also found the time to attend to some serious matters: coffee in Colombia is no joke (in a bad way), some borrowers are easier to locate than others, and oftentimes Fellows must say goodbye to...

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Mar 3, 2011 PE Peru

By Geeta Uhl, KF 14, Peru

Elections take place on April 10 in Peru. Voting is mandatory and enforced for everyone aged 18-75 years (in the last election voter turnout in Peru was 88%, compared to 57% in the U.S. in 2008), and there is even a 3-day national dry period before elections and on Election Day. The presidential seat is up for grabs (President Alan Garcia cannot run again due to a ban on consecutive terms) as are 130 congressional seats and 5 Parliament seats. For the last month there have been large billboards and banners all over Lima and Ayacucho, where I am...

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Mar 3, 2011 PE Peru

By Noreen Giga, KF14, Peru

Mine entailed traveling around Central Peru for a week and a half. Part of a fellow’s duty is to complete a Borrower Verification. Kiva selects a random sample of ten clients that represents an organization’s portfolio and sends it to us fellows. We, in turn, visit each and every client on the list to verify that they are who they say they are, that they indeed received a loan for the amount posted on Kiva’s website, and to talk to them about their business and loan use. You can think of it as a mini-audit process.

I am serving as a fellow...

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Mar 3, 2011 AM Armenia

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky, KF14, South Africa

This week, take a trip to the field with Kiva Fellows (Mexico pictured)

For many Fellows, this week was about getting back to basics: the borrowers. In between fun facts about Kiva Fellowships, doing database detective work, and reflecting on the internal dynamics of Kiva’s partner microfinance institutions, Fellows found themselves in the field again and again, much to their delight and often to the delight of...

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Mar 3, 2011 PE Peru

By Noreen Giga, KF 14, Peru

I first heard this phrase while studying abroad in Spain my junior year of college. My friends and I said “no pasa nada” every other sentence when we realized there was really no limit as to when this phrase could be used. Walk in on someone in the bathroom? “No pasa nada” would be the response. Bedridden with a cold? “No pasa nada.” Walk in late to class because you overslept? “No pasa nada.”

“No pasa nada” has taken on a new meaning to me now, preventing HIV discrimination in Peru. I was heading to Cajamarca, Peru to celebrate Carnival;...

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Mar 3, 2011 GH Ghana

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky, KF14, South Africa

Last week, Kiva Fellows took you to places you may not have known existed (West Timor, Indonesia, pictured)

The Fellows will be covering International Women’s Day later this week but let’s take a moment to acknowledge its lesser-known cousin in Kyrgyzstan, “Man’s Day”. And while you’re appreciating culture and history in far-off places, take a trip to Peru and West Timor through photos,...

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Mar 3, 2011 PE Peru

Geeta Uhl, KF14, Peru

At FINCA Peru, there is a lot more than just microfinance happening. In addition to women’s empowerment and business development workshops, FINCA Peru offers the children of borrowers  financial and global education training with the goal to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs in Ayacucho, Peru.

Aflatoun students at FINCA Peru

 

FINCA Peru uses the...

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Feb 2, 2011 PE Peru

I found myself asking that very question shortly after I started working with Microfinanzas Prisma. I arrived in Lima, Peru the end of January for my three month Kiva Fellowship and headed to my hostel in San Isidro, the financial district of Lima. I spent the few days before my fellowship touring the city.

I visited the center of the city and saw the Plaza de Armas.

And went back to take in the view at night.

I visited Miraflores, a district of Lima that is located on the water.

And I of course found some time to visit Barranco, another...

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Feb 2, 2011 BJ Benin

Compiled by Alexis Ditkowsky, KF14, South Africa

Kiva's microfinance partners often provide services beyond finance, including housing (pictured above in Colombia), education, energy, agriculture, hospitality, business, women's rights, community, and culture.

Another week, another incredible range of dispatches from around the world. Several Fellows told their stories with video and pictures while others took time to reflect on the state of microfinance as a global...

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