Fellows Blog Posts by Jason Jones

Sep 25, 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 24, 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 17, 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 6, 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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Jul 1, 2011 NI Nicaragua

…by Jason Jones, KF15, Nicaragua

I read an article the other day that discussed the inevitable end of the American soap opera.  It cited the rise of the various mid-day talk shows, reality shows, etc., for the fact that most viewers now prefer to tune into something other than their favorite daytime drama between the hours of 1 and 4 PM.  It seems that the classic icon of the 1980’s is slowly meeting its inevitable demise.  But although this lack of interest may be the case for the 300+ million individuals living in the large nation located between Canada and Mexico, I...

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May 25, 2011 NI Nicaragua

By Jason Jones, KF15, Nicaragua

It’s Wednesday, the third day of my Kiva Fellowship here in Nicaragua.  After a short ride on a motorcycle, a relatively long walk, two different vans (OK…so the first one MAY have been due to an error on my part) and one taxi, I’ve finally arrived to a small meeting area outside the town of Masaya.  As I enter the gathering, I find approximately twenty women sitting around a U-shaped arrangement of tables.  They are the “entrepreneurs”, the owners of small businesses that have come today for a training session on the...

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