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Jul 27, 2010 CO Colombia

By David Connelly, KF10 Peru/KF11 Colombia

In Barranquilla you have to seriously reevaluate your plans when it rains. Or as a friend nonchalantly told me: “Unlike other cities where rain means ‘don’t forget the umbrella,’ here in Barranquilla it means ‘don’t leave home.’” Arroyos. The word means “stream,” or at least that’s what I thought when I arrived here on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. But people kept mentioning how these arroyos pop up any time it rains, how big they get, how they have their own...

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Jul 14, 2010 CO Colombia

By David Connelly, KF10 Peru/KF11 Colombia

Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD), Kiva’s first and only (for the moment) field partner in Colombia, is celebrating 50 years. To help them out, I’ve planned a short series of blog posts highlighting a few of the many projects and programs the Foundation has undertaken as it’s spanned 5 decades, 3 cities, and somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000,000,000 Colombian pesos* working to strengthen communities and alleviate poverty in Colombia.

This is a big deal down here. In fact, yesterday, July 13,...

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Jun 3, 2010 CO Colombia

By David Connelly, KF10 Peru/KF11 Colombia

Blogging in from Barranquilla, Colombia. I plopped down here just a bit over a week ago and right near the end of the Colombian national football* league’s season-ending tournament.Now, this entry doesn’t have anything to do with microfinance, but since the mission of our blog is “to allow Kiva Fellows to have the opportunity to share their experiences living and working abroad,” I thought I’d share some local color, especially what I encountered here last night.

A little framing. This was the second...

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May 29, 2010 PE Peru

By David Connelly, KF10 Peru

I recently finished up in Ica, Peru and moved north to start my second fellowship in Barranquilla, Colombia. After I left, I combed through everything I grabbed over 12 weeks with my Kiva issue FlipCam to make a little going away video that I thought I’d share on the Fellows blog.

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Learn more about Caja Rural “Senor de Luren.”

See borrowers fundraising in Ica.

[Music by Chilean...

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Mar 3, 2010 PE Peru

By David Connelly, KF10 Peru

I have a hunch that most lenders on Kiva don’t pay to much attention to field partner profiles. It isn’t hard to understand why: they’re long on text and short on story. Folks looking for a nice, “soft-touch” way of putting their money to good use are happy to trust that Kiva only posts worthy profiles from worthy places. And that’s OK. Kiva does carefully vet its field partners. Skip out on those details, though, and you lose a bit of your voice. From Accion USA to Zene za Zene, each field partner has their own approach...

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Feb 3, 2010 PE Peru

The Fellows’ Blog is fast approaching its 1000th entry. With fresh updates posted multiple times daily, even the most dedicated readers can’t help but miss some real gems. With that in mind, I’d like to shine a light on some of the great work done by recent fellows in Peru.

Along with Cambodia, Peru is Kiva’s most heavily blogged about country. I took advantage of this spectacular repository on my 22 hours of bouncing between airports en route to Peru. Here are a few I really liked:

  • Re-Introducing the Guinea Pig While visiting borrowers in Huancayo, Bryan...
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