Stories tagged with Nicaragua

Nov 11, 2011 NI Nicaragua

By Jim Burke, KF16, Nicaragua

Daniel Ortega just won a landslide victory to be reelected president of the Republic of Nicaragua.The elections have been wrought with controversy. Human rights groups, opposition parties and the international community doubt the authenticity and transparency of the elections and many citizens feel the elections where robbed by Ortega. Nobody is surprised.

It seemed clear, even impossible that Daniel Ortega would lose re-election. The Sandinista Party, FSLN, are by far the most powerful political party in Nicaragua. A very fragmented...

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Oct 10, 2011 NI Nicaragua

by Jim Burke, KF16, Nicaragua

Marcial Salvador selling high-tops

Mercado Oriental spans 60 city blocks and is the largest in Central America. The market is a jungle of stalls, pushcarts, alleyways and low hanging clothes, fruits, and shoes. It’s a full sensory experience that is almost numbing in its frenetic energy. Flies on meats next to sexy new hair products, car parts and phone calls from the same vendor, sweet smells of fresh baked bread and shoe polish,...

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Oct 10, 2011 BO Bolivia

Compiled by Jim Burke, KF16, Nicaragua

We are Kiva Fellows. This is the stuff we like. Here is an insider (often critical, or satirical but always true!) view of what it means to be a Kiva Fellow and promote access to financial services around the world. From alpaca fur to FSSs to ziplock bags, these are the things we like and thrive on.

#1 Being the first foreign person that somebody has ever seen in their life

Dave Weber, KF16, Cambodia...

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Sep 9, 2011 SV El Salvador

Compiled by Kathrin Gerner, KF16, Rwanda

Indonesia (by Laurie Young)

This week on the Kiva fellows blog, start your journey in Indonesia and read about some early lessons of a Kiva fellow. Then continue on to the Americas to take part in El Salvador’s independence day celebrations, find out how to start a business with 26 cents in Honduras, learn about the different levels of development of Bolivia and Sierra Leone, and finally go on an adventurous...

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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 NI Nicaragua

By Casey Cline, KF 15, Nicaragua

There are 137 local microfinance institution partners around the world on the Kiva platform.  Not only does each benefit from the access to a completely new universe of individual lenders, but they also receive loans with no interest charges from Kiva.  This does not mean, however, that being a Kiva field partner comes without costs to the local institution.  On the contrary, it often requires a significant amount of upfront expenses such as hiring of additional resources, training, and systems implementation, as well as the associated...

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Aug 8, 2011 CL Chile

Compiled by Kate Bennett, KF15, Ecuador

by John Gwillim, Colombia

Each Kiva borrower enjoys his or her own borrower profile page. We’ve all seen these pages: they acquaint us with the borrower’s story, plans for the future, country, and a photo in their business or home. Borrower profiles present us with a clear snapshot of the ebbs and flows of a borrower’s life. But how can we begin to...

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Aug 8, 2011 NI Nicaragua

By Jason Jones, Kiva Fellow (Nicaragua)

This is the second in a two-part series. To read Part 1, please follow this link.

……..So what does a life based upon one dollar (or 1 and a quarter or two) per day really look like?  That’s mainly what I ask myself.  Beyond that, how does one go about living on one dollar per day?  Could I personally live on one or two dollars per day?  In all fairness, I should probably say that I’ve never actually tried, nor do I have any real desire to do so (I suspect I’m not alone on that one).  I mean I do try to keep things...

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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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