Stories tagged with Family and Community Empowerment

Sep 9, 2011

Ouagadougou- pronounced Wagadugu and lovingly referred to as Ouaga by those who live here- is home to Micro Start, Kiva’s first partner in the small west African country of Burkina Faso.  If you’re like most, you’re wondering … Is that a country?  Where? I must know it by another name.  Is it a new country?  Why have I never heard of it?

Yes it’s a country. In West Africa. It’s previous name was the Republic of the Upper Volta (awesome).  No, it’s not a new country. I’m not sure why few have heard of it, but I would venture to guess because it’s small, stable, and poor. ...

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Sep 9, 2011 SV El Salvador

By Andrea Ramirez, KF16, El Salvador.

One of the awesome bands during the Independence Day Parade in San Miguel

Last Thursday, September 15th, we celebrated Independence day here in El Salvador. However, El Salvador was not alone in the celebrations as Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua also had their own festivities on that very same day.  It was a colorful day, and I want to share a bit of the fun show that I got to enjoy here in San...

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Sep 9, 2011 PY Paraguay

By Alba Castillo, KF 16 Paraguay

“One can pay back the loan of gold, but one lies forever in debt to those who are kind.”

A cloudy sunrise over Asunción

The other night my landlady, Señora Ada, came up to my apartment with two slices of pizza her husband had just made. We chitchatted while I enjoyed a fabulous concoction of cheese, meats and olives over a flaky thin crust. A few minutes later, as Señora Ada was walking out of my door, I was...

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Sep 9, 2011

About 3 weeks ago I arrived in Burkina Faso, ready and excited to work with Micro Start, Kiva’s first partner in the west African country.  Micro Start has an amazing mission “to improve families’ living conditions in general, and that of women in particular, by facilitating access to financial and non-financial services” and a conscientious staff who start working at 7:30am to carry it out.  This is Micro Start’s Kiva Coordinator (KC) and I at the office during one my first days:

Although I’ve been here only a few short weeks, I’ve already had the...

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Sep 9, 2011 PH Philippines

The phrase “The Circle of Life”, for individuals of my age demographic, typically conjures up images of Timon and Pumba. Hopefully I did not pull you into this blog under false pretenses but unfortunately the title is the only relation to the famous Disney movie. My hope is that you will continue reading in order to find out what “The Circle of Life” has to do with microfinance and Kiva.

First off, let me introduce you to the place, which is not Africa. For this circle of life I will be showing you around the workings of my MFI placement in Manila,...

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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 EC Ecuador

By Kate Bennett (KF15)

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Small business owners in Ecuador, like Marcia Suqui in the video above, can use their microloans to move forward with their businesses and improve their quality of life. After all, this is the idea driving Kiva- that small loans can change lives. But not all small loans can improve a business owner’s standing, because the darker side...

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Aug 8, 2011 LB Lebanon

By Heba Gamal - KF15, Lebanon

It is not hard for a Lebanese to detect my disguised Egyptian Arabic accent, so it’s been quite common for me to be asked how long I have been in Lebanon, whether this is my first time, and of course what I’m doing here in Lebanon every time I meet someone. Most recently this happened to me at a local Resto-Pub in Hasbaya after a 10km hike. The Resto-Pub owner, Fayez, and I quickly got to talking and as usual it wasn’t long before I was aked ”What do you do here in Lebanon?” Although, I’m fluent in Arabic...

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Jul 7, 2011 ID Indonesia

It all starts here

By Anne Conlin, KF15, Indonesia

In a past blog post, I discussed how loans from Kiva’s partner Mitra Usaha Kecil (MUK) in rural West Bali, Indonesia are helping women expand the scale of their pig breeding businesses.  MUK’s Pig Breeder Group Loan enables women who have long casually raised one pig in their yard to take small loans of 1 – 2.5M IDR ($117 – $263) to formalize their business and raise additional pigs.  As part of...

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Jul 7, 2011 CM Cameroon

Basic Needs Test Interview

Faith Garlington, KF15

GHAPE (Grounded and Holistic Approach for People’s Empowerment)

Bamenda, Cameroon

At GHAPE (Grounded and Holistic Approach for People’s Empowerment) in Cameroon, new borrower centers are established only in areas identified as mostly poor. Individual borrowers are also screened using a tool called the Basic Needs Test to determine whether they qualify as potential...

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