Stories tagged with Mexico

Feb 2, 2011 MX Mexico

What’s up with blog posts? Why do they always have to be about something?  A post should be just like life. You know, nothing happens — you get up, you eat, you go shopping.

I asked myself, “John, what did you do today in Mexico City?”

My reply: “I got up and went to work.”

There’s a post!

You’re still with me? Impressive! Then on to the details, or rather, the non-details, of a day in the life of a regular everyday normal Kiva Fellow.

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Feb 2, 2011 MX Mexico

By Lourdes Toussaint, KF13, Mexico

In Mexico, food is probably one of the most important and common expressions of Mexican culture. Mexicans get from their food a sense of identity and pride that merges their country’s history, traditions, ingredients, and creativity. Just last year, UNESCO added Mexican food to the world’s intangible heritage list. According them, the knowledge and techniques of Traditional Mexican Cuisine, are a comprehensive cultural model that expresses community identity, reinforces social bonds, builds strong connections, and is an important means of...

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Jan 1, 2011 MX Mexico

By Lourdes Toussaint, KF13, Mexico.

In Mexico, social class is a powerful force that is present in almost every aspect of the Mexican life. Health, education, jobs, housing, financial services, and many other aspects are greatly influenced by the economic class to which one belongs. Class determines the quality and quantity of opportunities available to a person or a family. So as long as there is mobility, the movement of families up and down the economic ladder due to personal efforts and merit, we can say that there is something close to equality of opportunity...

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Dec 12, 2010 MX Mexico

By Lourdes Toussaint, KF13, Mexico.

The state of Chiapas, located in the southwest Mexico, is one of the most diverse regions in terms of demographics, language, food, geography and colors. It offers some of the most incredible and breathtaking sceneries with the archeological sites of Palenque, Bonampak, and Yaxchilan in the Lacandon Jungle; the beautiful colonial cities of San Cristobal de las Casas, Comitan and Chiapa de Corzo; the ecological reservations of the Sumidero Canyon, the Montebello Lakes, the Agua Azul Waterfalls and many other impressive natural landscapes...

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Dec 12, 2010 MX Mexico

By Lourdes Toussaint, KF13, Mexico

Access to credit, even on a small scale, can have a transforming effect on human lives. With this argument, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the pioneer of microcredit and the founder of Grameen Bank, proposed that credit should be a human right. Yunus states that everyone should have access to credit without discrimination. His rationale is that when poor people have access to loans they are given the opportunity to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty.

Dr. Yunus’ philosophy can be summarized with the term “financial...

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Nov 11, 2010 MX Mexico

By Lourdes Toussaint, KF13, Mexico

A few months back, the owner of Cemex, one of the biggest Mexican companies and one of the world’s largest cement firms, caused a stir in the country by stating in his twitter account that those who are leaving the city of Monterrey are “cowards”.  Due to the violence and the war between drug cartels in the north of the country, many people are choosing to leave this city. However, there are also many “non-cowards” or even “brave” people that are choosing to stay, to defend the city where they grew up and to continue with their work and...

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Jun 6, 2010 MX Mexico

By Sally Bolton, KF11, Mexico

Mañana holds a special place in Mexican culture. The frustrations of mañana (tomorrow) when it comes to dealing with mechanics, tradespeople, the phone company or any branch of Mexican bureaucracy are well documented. When will the internet be reconnected? Mañana. When will the doors be put back on my apartment? Mañana. When will this rubbish be collected? Mañana. Just about the only time when mañana won’t cut it is when you are asked to pay a ‘fine’ to the traffic police. Your suggestion that you...

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Jun 6, 2010 BO Bolivia

By Kevin Henderson, KF11, Mongolia with contributions from Austin, Sally, Alexis, Leah, Cheney, Kati and Eva

When I found out I was going to Mongolia this summer as a Kiva Fellow, I thought I’d probably have a tough time catching much of the World Cup. It hasn’t been the case at all. Like many Kiva Fellows, I’ve found the World Cup really is a global event. With a few exceptions it seems like there are celebrations just about everywhere.

In Mongolia there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the World Cup. The contestants on Universe Best Song (the Mongolian equivalent of...

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Jun 6, 2010 MX Mexico

By Sally Bolton, KF11, Mexico

A strange thing happens when the time comes to take a photo of a Kiva borrower or group. Women who moments before were smiling and laughing suddenly put on their solemn photo face. My colleague Marta is great at coaxing a smile from even the most serious photo subjects. “Lend me a smile, please,” she says. “I’m going to make you a star! Next stop, Hollywood!” The women break into smiles, and with a quick click of the camera she captures the moment.

The women have another thing in common with Hollywood stars, aside from having their photo...

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Jun 6, 2010 MX Mexico

By Sally Bolton, KF11 Mexico

In June 1986 during the football World Cup in Mexico many people around the world saw a stadium wave for the first time. In many countries this phenomenon became known as a Mexican wave. In June 2010 a borrower in Mexico saw Kiva’s new client waiver for the first time. This is the story of the waiver, not the wave.

“I’m so happy that you can come with me to Tlalnepantla today,” said Leti, the loan officer I was working with last week. “There’s a group there who don’t want to enter into Kiva for their second loan cycle. Maybe you...

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