Bridget

Fellows Blog Posts by Bridget

Feb 13, 2011 GH Ghana

In the past few months, the Indian microfinance industry has learned that not all publicity is good publicity. A few Kiva Fellows wanted to learn what the issues were, and what can be done to prevent them in the future. We will present our findings in a series of blog postings over the coming days. Given the inherent complexities, the multiple viewpoints and an ever changing political and legal landscape, our work is only intended to provide a top-level summary of the situation as it stands now. If you are interested in learning more about...

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Jan 20, 2011 US United States

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, education is one of the keys to business success.  So what does ACCION Texas-Louisiana do to support that education?  A lot more now than a year ago.

During 2010, ACCION gained two loan funds in San Antonio; the South Texas Business Fund and the Community Development Loan Fund.  Along with South Texas Business Fund came the South Texas Women’s Business Center (STWBC), a program that provides business education, support, and advocacy.

Celina Peña, Vice President of Business Support and Central Texas, is in charge of the center. “I tell...

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Dec 25, 2010 US United States

So far, I’ve spent my whole fellowship in ACCION Texas-Louisiana HQ in San Antonio.  But, as the name implies, there’s a lot more to ACCION than this office.  So I recently decided to take a road trip and visit some of the other offices.  I visited Louisiana and a few of the offices in Texas.

I also asked someone at each office to say a little something to the Kiva community. Here’s what they had to say.  Unfortunately, I had a few technical difficulties with the video so the sound isn’t quite synced.

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Dec 20, 2010 US United States

So far, I’ve spent my whole fellowship in ACCION Texas-Louisiana HQ in San Antonio.  But, as the name implies, there’s a lot more to ACCION than this office.  So I recently decided to take a road trip and visit some of the other offices.  I visited Louisiana and blogged about it, and a few offices in Texas.

Here’s the Texas portion of my trip.

Dallas and Fort Worth

The Dallas office is the second most populous office. They have two Loan Officers and two Loan Processors, as well as a Vice President for North Texas Operations.  The Fort Worth office is much newer, and only has...

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Dec 16, 2010 US United States

So far, I’ve spent my whole fellowship in ACCION Texas-Louisiana HQ in San Antonio. But, as the name implies, there’s a lot more to ACCION than this office. So I recently decided to take a road trip and visit some of the other offices. I visited a few offices in Texas (more on that in a later blog post), and all four Louisiana offices.

Here’s the Louisiana portion of my trip, in reverse order.

New Orleans

Sculpture originally erected in Katrina aftermath

As...

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Nov 19, 2010 US United States

As a non-profit organization, what do you do when you thrive?  When you’re well established and know what you’re doing, where do you go from there?  ACCION Texas-Louisiana is facing this question right now.

The week after I arrived happened to be when ACCION Texas-Louisiana held their semi-annual conference.  All their offices closed down for a few days, so everyone could convene at the central office in San Antonio.  Usually they’re spread over 14 cities in two states. This conference’s theme was “Our Mission and Vision!” because they’re going through a period of strong growth...

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Nov 14, 2010 US United States

When I told my friends I was going to be working in San Antonio, most people said “in Texas?!”  and gave me a weird look.  I interpreted this as ‘I thought you were going somewhere cool, like Bolivia or Peru’, and ‘I thought microfinance was only in poor countries’.

Me at the Main Plaza

So far, though, Texas is turning out to be very pleasant. It’s full of good and quirky food, lots of art, and sunshine. Every time I look outside, my instincts say ‘get outside and enjoy...

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