Stories tagged with Nicaragua

Apr 4, 2009 NI Nicaragua

Having spent two months in Bluefields, Nicaragua now, I have been struck by the near absence of two characteristics common in impoverished areas: illiteracy and child labor.  This statement is based purely on my own observation.  Unfortunately very little statistical data exists for this region.  Nevertheless, what I have seen here in terms of these two particular, yet intimately related, challenges to development is one of very few things that gives me hope and even a little optimism for future development here.

When interviewing recipients of Kiva loans, I often ask the client how...

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Mar 3, 2009 NI Nicaragua

Hi Kiva fans!

My name is Brent, and I’m a member of this class of Kiva Fellows that you haven’t seen on the blog yet. Yeah, my start got a little delayed. But I’d like to think of myself as fashionably late, and getting here just as the party is in full swing. Except that unlike most, this is a party I was actually invited to.

I’ve been placed with AFODENIC, one of Kiva’s field partner’s based out of Managua, Nicaragua...

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Mar 3, 2009 NI Nicaragua

You go and talk to them, of course. 

 

But how do you know if they’re telling the truth?  How long do you wait on...

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Mar 3, 2009 NI Nicaragua

I have been working with ADIM in Nicaragua for just over one month now, enough time to get a pretty advanced rough picture of how this organization works. It has been an interesting four weeks, the first two of which found me frantically trying to keep up with the high-speed pace and lively Spanish chatter of Javier Flores, the organization’s Credit Manager, who is also responsible for managing much of ADIM’s relationship with Kiva. I also found myself with a bit much downtime, which, ironically, stressed me out since I had so much to do during the three months I would be in Nicaragua. We...

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Mar 3, 2009 NI Nicaragua

Preface: I recently posted a blog describing some of the unique challenges people in Bluefields must deal with.  I’d like to encourage those of you that haven’t already seen it, to first click here to get a bit of context before reading this post.   

 

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Mar 3, 2009 NI Nicaragua

I sat down to write this post at least five times. I want to tell people a little about Bluefields, Nicaragua and the challenges that exist here, but that’s not easy to do. Bluefields is unlike any place I’ve ever been, and I’ve travelled and lived abroad quite a bit. At one point, I thought I’d try to find some statistics to paint a picture of the poverty here. At another point, I just started rambling about...

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Mar 3, 2009 NI Nicaragua

Nicaragua is taking the “Christmas in July” concept to a whole new level.  The famous (or infamous, depending on who you’re asking) first lady, Rosario Murillo, commissioned the placement of giant, ostentatious Christmas trees in each of the several rotondas (roundabouts) scattered throughout Managua. Placed there in October 2008, the trees have overstayed their welcome well into 2009. And Nicaraguenses can plan on enjoying these magnificent, lit trees against the horizon for at least the next several months. Murillo has ordained...

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Mar 3, 2009 NI Nicaragua

You know you’re not in Kansas anymore when you receive the following message from the U.S. Embassy with respect to recent political protests:

“…the Embassy reminds American citizens that even political rallies intended to be peaceful can possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to exercise caution [when in public]…”

As I write this, there are celebratory fireworks (which sound more like bombs) going off in the sky over the city center. Each cacophonous boom jars me into thinking deeply about the reality of this land I currently call ‘home...

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Feb 2, 2009 NI Nicaragua
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It’s all Greek to me. But wait, I’m in Latin America.

I don’t know why the Greek alphabet comes to mind on my first night in Nicaragua. Perhaps its ambiguity is the result of hours upon hours of contemplation and preparation leading up to this fateful journey. Or better yet, maybe it’s my subconscious reminding me that I will soon be conversing entirely in a foreign language. To be...

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Feb 2, 2009 NI Nicaragua

So I’ve spent the last three months in San Francisco, anticipating my Kiva adventure in Nicaragua and familiarizing myself with the various players in the surprisingly small microfinance network. Now, I’m just four short days away from embarking.

Excited? Yes. Nervous? Definitely. Ready? Well, I don’t think it really matters at this point. The best way to learn, it can be said, is to throw yourself right into it.

Speaking of getting ready, I had a really great idea (or so it seemed at the time) on how to assemble an ideal wardrobe for my work in Nicaragua. T-shirts. I...

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