Casey Unrein

Fellows Blog Posts by Casey Unrein

Dec 11, 2010

Fellow lenders, blog readers, and members of the community in general:

I posted a blog on Saturday, Dec. 13th 2010 in which I proposed a definition of culture in an attempt to inspire reflection in those of us who find certain cultural practices to be inappropriate.  I felt that deeper reflection would enrich the conversation over those practices and would benefit the activities of those that boldly fight to improve cultural values.

As I reviewed the comments and further learned of some of the messages received by Kiva, I realized that my post generally failed to provoke the...

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Nov 9, 2010

My main assignment at EDPYME Alternativa has been to complete a social performance audit using the model provided by the organization CERISE.  The description “social performance audit” is a bit misleading,  The work does not consist of checking in with individual borrowers to see if their lifestyle has improved.  I am not compiling data about the number of borrowers who have improved their homes, sent their children to school, received medical attention, been able to raise more chickens, or any number of other improvements that a borrower may realize in their or their family’s lives....

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Nov 1, 2010 PE Peru

Introduction:  Edpyme Alternativa (EA), the microfinance institution with which I currently work, offers a reduced interest rate product that is funded by Kiva lenders.  Edpyme Alternativa (EA) is using the product to reach unbanked or underbanked communities.  Because the capital that you, the lender, provides to EA is interest free and low risk, EA is able to take greater risks on local borrowers and provide them with a more affordable product.  In my opinion this is a beautiful use of the Kiva funding and one that I expect will take on a larger share of Kiva’s lending activity as...

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Oct 16, 2010

Growing up I never expected to become an accountant and I definitely never expected to fall in love with spreadsheets, databases or any form of data organization.  I recall doing everything possible in a high school Microsoft Office class to avoid reading or actually learning.  I breezed through the excercises copying the steps, without internalizing the message.

Still, here I am however many years later, writing a post to illustrate a few basic tips for organizing data.  I find that this is one of the greatest skills that I have broght to my fellowship.  We are confronted...

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Sep 24, 2010 PE Peru

Introduction:

Below I provide a lens and a context for a conversation. I then provide a specific observation. I have multiple observations which I will present over a series of days. Hopefully this will permit you to read the whole post and also leave comments. Any and all comments, expecially personal experiences and other observations, would be much appreciated.

Lens:

Before leaving for Peru I attempted to obtain information about the cost and duration of a bus trip from Lima (the capital city) to Chiclayo where I would be completing my fellowship. Either as a...

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Sep 22, 2010 PE Peru

Introduction:

Below I provide a lens and a context for a conversation. I then provide a specific observation. I have multiple observations which I will present over a series of days. Hopefully this will permit you to read the whole post and also leave comments. Any and all comments, expecially personal experiences and other observations, would be much appreciated.

Lens:

Before leaving for Peru I attempted to obtain information about the cost and duration of a bus trip from Lima (the capital city) to Chiclayo where I would be completing my fellowship. Either as a...

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Sep 18, 2010

Introduction:

Below I provide a lens and a context for a conversation. I then provide a specific observation. I have multiple observations which I will present over a series of days. Hopefully this will permit you to read the whole post and also leave comments. Any and all comments, expecially personal experiences and other observations, would be much appreciated.

Lens:

Before leaving for Peru I attempted to obtain information about the cost and duration of a bus trip from Lima (the capital city) to Chiclayo where I would be completing my fellowship. Either as a...

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