Stories tagged with Pro Mujer Bolivia

Aug 8, 2012 BO Bolivia

On my last post I outlined some of the difficulties of working and living in Bolivia. Marches, protests, and strikes from nearly every sector of the population make it hard for any organization to conduct business here in La Paz and its surrounding areas. Yet there are plenty of Kiva’s partners that manage to do a great job despite any and all local challenges.

Field meeting of the “Costeñitas” group in Senkata, along with loan officer Remedios (...

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Apr 4, 2011 BO Bolivia

Clara Vreeken, KF 14, Bolivia

Clara volunteered as Kiva Fellow in Bolivia. She worked for the micro finance institutions IMPRO, Pro Mujer and Emprender. In this blog she elaborates on health issues in Bolivia – Bolivians prefer to drink herbal tea and listen to witch doctors instead of seeing a doctor – and she says goodbye as the end of her Kiva Fellowship has arrived.

Bolivian people prefer to drink a herbal tea (maté) than going to a doctor.  The herbal tea here in Bolivia is delicious, however it does not cure you from all diseases. Therefore the Bolivian micro...

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Feb 2, 2011 BO Bolivia

A few months ago, I wrote a post discussing the advantages and drawbacks of financial institutions offering their clients healthcare services. Throughout the course of the past few months, my time spent working in ProMujer’s office has afforded me the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of clients’ healthcare needs and the services provided to them by ProMujer.  A recent conversation with Ruth Apaza, the supervisor of all nurses in the El Alto region, shed light on ProMujer’s healthcare services: why it’s an important part of their model, how they work with the women, and the...

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Dec 12, 2010 BO Bolivia

As a Kiva Fellow and ardent believer in the poverty alleviating potential of microfinance, I make an effort to keep abreast the developments and discussions within the industry, both from the practical and academic side. While I find myself frustrated over negative articles or comments that oppose much what I am witnessing as a fellow on the ground, I must remind myself that this criticism can lead to constructive debates, and ultimately to advancements and improvements within the field.

The microfinance industry is certainly not without problems, as we have witnessed with recent...

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Dec 12, 2010 BO Bolivia

Upon starting my fellowship at ProMujer Bolivia in La Paz, I became quickly aware of the fact that this microfinance institution (MFI) offers its customers one thing that the other MFI’s I’ve worked with and observed don’t, namely healthcare services.  In a country where national health data show high infant and maternal mortality, and the lowest life expectancy in Latin America*, the value of these services offered by ProMujer is obvious. However, a part of me questions the notion that a person’s access to healthcare and health services should be so intricately linked to his or...

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Nov 11, 2010 BO Bolivia

For me, one of the most interesting and potentially controversial challenges for Kiva’s lending model revolves around the concept of posting photographs and stories about real people, their lives, and their financial activities – and the privacy issues this entails.  There are undoubtedly millions of microfinance clients that live in such remote areas that they don’t know what the internet is, or even if they do, lack knowledge and understanding about the speed and extent to which information can travel. How do we explain to these people how the Kiva model works and how their...

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Jul 7, 2010 BO Bolivia

by Alexis Guild, KF11 Bolivia

It is hard to believe that three months are coming to a close.  In two days, I return to the United States.  For my last blogpost, I would like to thank everyone who made my experience memorable and worthwhile.

THANK YOU

To the Kiva Fellows Program Team: JD, Julie, Zack, Eric and all of the KFP interns and Kiva staff

The Kiva Fellows Program (KFP) Team are the people behind the scenes who make sure that our fellowship is running smoothly.  They are our field support for anything and everything. ...

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Jul 7, 2010 BO Bolivia

by Alexis Guild, KF11 Bolivia

I thought at one point that I would write a blogpost comparing my experiences in Guatemala, where I served as a Peace Corps volunteer, to my experiences in Bolivia, where I am currently serving as a Kiva fellow.  Two and a half months into my fellowship, I realize that I cannot do that. Therefore, I decided to write a blogpost about the importance of embracing ignorance instead.

How did I come to this realization? It started when I went to see a Bolivian movie called “Hospital Obrero” and walked out completely confused.  It wasn’t that I...

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Jun 6, 2010 BO Bolivia

by Alexis Guild, KF11 Bolivia

Happy Aymara New Year! What? You didn’t realize that Monday was the Aymara New Year? Did you know that it was a national holiday? I didn’t realize it either until a couple of weeks ago.

The Aymara New Year coincides with the winter solstice, June 21.  (Remember, we are in the southern hemisphere so it’s winter here right now). Traditionally, the Aymara New Year dates back to pre-colonial times as an agricultural ritual to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and Inti (Father Sun).  The biggest celebration is in the city of Tiwanaku near Lake...

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Jun 6, 2010 BO Bolivia

By Alexis Guild, KF11 Bolivia

Zebra helping people cross the street

I am basically halfway through my fellowship.  On one particularly reflective day, I started thinking about future classes of Kiva fellows.  The topic of surviving a Kiva fellowship has been explored in previous posts (see Nadia Anggraini’s  post : Kiva Fellowship Survival Guide). However, with KF12 getting ready for training in a month and new Kiva fellow applications rolling in, I thought I...

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