Fellows Blog Posts by guhl

Apr 7, 2011 PE Peru

By Geeta Uhl, KF14, Peru

I originally went out into the campo (countryside) to complete one of my borrower verifications for Kiva. One of the borrowers that I had to verify was no longer a member of FINCA Peru, so one of the rural loan officers, Norma, agreed to take me to his home if I accompanied her for the day.

6:00am: We started the day meeting at the bus stop in Ayacucho and squeezed into the last remaining spaces (not really seats) in a combi-van to Compania, an area known for its brick-making.  Norma is one of the 2 rural loan officers in the...

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Mar 31, 2011 PE Peru

By Geeta Uhl, KF 14, Peru

Elections take place on April 10 in Peru. Voting is mandatory and enforced for everyone aged 18-75 years (in the last election voter turnout in Peru was 88%, compared to 57% in the U.S. in 2008), and there is even a 3-day national dry period before elections and on Election Day. The presidential seat is up for grabs (President Alan Garcia cannot run again due to a ban on consecutive terms) as are 130 congressional seats and 5 Parliament seats. For the last month there have been large billboards and banners all over Lima and Ayacucho, where I am...

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Mar 4, 2011 PE Peru

Geeta Uhl, KF14, Peru

At FINCA Peru, there is a lot more than just microfinance happening. In addition to women’s empowerment and business development workshops, FINCA Peru offers the children of borrowers  financial and global education training with the goal to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs in Ayacucho, Peru.

Aflatoun students at FINCA Peru


FINCA Peru uses the...

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Feb 12, 2011 PE Peru

Ayacucho, Peru. It is my second week as a Kiva Fellow at FINCA Peru and though there are many exciting events to come here in Ayacucho (Carnival, Semana Santa) for now it is still the rainy season and the town has a sleepy, lethargic feel. Since I am still getting acclimated and easing into my role at FINCA, I figured that a first blog post about a loyal and lively FINCA client that I was fortunate to visit would be a good start.

We run into Antonia at her weekly communal bank meeting and she greets us with a high pitched “GRINGITAS!”- which many of the older FINCA members...

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