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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 >>
Sep 9, 2011 EC Ecuador

By Emmanuel M. von Arx, KF 16, Ecuador

What do a song and a wheelchair ramp have in common? If you are a corporate lawyer in Ecuador, you may know the answer. Everybody else, please read on.

Only recently I learned that my host and Kiva´s partner organization Banco D-MIRO has its own company song! It combines a memorable piece of poetry with a rather inspired composition. To quote some of its infectious text:

Somos tu familia, tu lugar – Somos el apoyo de tu andar – Somos credibilidad y porvenir. – Banco D-MIRO, siempre contigo – Siempre...

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Sep 9, 2011 NI Nicaragua

By Jason Jones, Kiva Fellow, Nicaragua

“80% certainty is pretty good”, I thought, as I sent the information to Kiva’s home office in San Francisco.

“Yea, pretty good.  But is it good enough?”

Would it be good enough for you?

(excerpt taken from Part I of Borrower Verification)

A microbus at rest in Managua

In a word….no.  That is, it wasn’t good enough.  Again, it’s...

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Sep 9, 2011 NI Nicaragua

By Jason Jones, Kiva Fellow, Nicaragua

Borrower Verification.  Anyone who considers them-self to be a regular visitor to the Kiva Fellows Blog has most likely come across this topic on more than one occasion.  It’s a common task to check off on the official TO-DO LIST of the average Fellow, and I, as a current member of the group, am no exception.  Since most of us cringe ever so subtly at the sound of such titles as “auditor” or “microfinance cop”, however, we seem to try to put a more positive spin on the whole idea.  After all, who wants to dwell on the...

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Aug 8, 2011 SN Senegal

by Tim Young, KF15, Senegal

To paraphrase an ancient Chinese proverb:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give a man a donkey and you feed him for at least five years, providing the donkey is well treated and doesn’t get sick.

Meet Lazarus, one of the co-founders of the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust!

At the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (“GHDT” or the “Trust”) this...

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Aug 8, 2011 SV El Salvador

Pastries in Usulutan, near one of the offices of Fundacion Campo

Not only are things sweeter and delicious, but there is no such a thing as “light” or “diet” versions of anything (as far as I can tell). The delectable corn products are also sooo good that I could transition into a corn-only-based diet rather quickly. Such diet would include:

Pupusas: Corn patties that usually come filled with cheese, or a combination of...

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Aug 8, 2011 SN Senegal

by Tim Young, KF15, Senegal

It is difficult to believe that more than three months have passed since I first arrived in Senegal to begin my Kiva Fellowship. During that time I have travelled from the desert to the sea; I’ve met borrowers who are farmers, retailers, tailors and fishermen. Some have been asking for tiny loans to start their first micro-enterprise, others for commercial-sized loans to continue funding the growth of their successful businesses. All have been inspiring. I have a new golden rule for Kiva Fellows: Exspecta inexspectata! (That’s...

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Aug 8, 2011 NI Nicaragua

By Jason Jones, Kiva Fellow, Nicaragua

 (This entry is the first in a two-part series.  The second will be published in the coming week.)

I have a running debate with my girlfriend regarding the Nicaraguan class system.  Usually, it comes up as we’re driving around Managua.  We’ll be cruising around a particular neighborhood when one of us will begin speculating as to the economic classification of the area, based solely upon its outward appearance.  For example, I always claim that the neighborhood I...

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Jul 7, 2011 SN Senegal

By Tim Young, KF15, Senegal

In the developing world, the fortunes of working animals and their human friends are intricately linked

Life as a water buffalo in the Sapa region of North West Vietnam is not easy. Buffalo provide an essential source of power needed to till the mountainous rice paddies, but for much of the year they are left to roam and forage unfettered. Winters can be hard and with food scarce, many die of cold or starvation. When they can their...

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Jul 7, 2011 SN Senegal

by Tim Young, KF15, Senegal

Burning tyres: the view from my bedroom window

“Y en a marre!” the radio shouts as our 4X4 makes its way along narrow dusty roads to a borrower meeting some 40 kms from Thies. It is the 28th June, the day after the latest serious riots here in Senegal and the four of us bouncing around in the car listen intently. Last night I arrived home to find the roundabout outside my flat once again blocked by burning tyres, while large crowds...

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