Fellows Blog Posts by Jeremy Lapedis

Jan 25, 2010 GT Guatemala

By Jeremy Lapedis, KF9, Guatemala

A  violinist and pianist set the ambiance along with a slide show of pictures. Everyone attended FAPE’s 25th anniversary celebration: the board of directors, the general assembly, representatives from FAPE’s international partners (I was Kiva’s representative), and FAPE’s director, accountant, and lawyer.   Moriré con las botas puestas. That’s what FAPE’s vice president of the board of directors said while giving an award to the president of the board.

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Dec 17, 2009 GT Guatemala

Jeremy Lapedis, KF9, Guatemala

On Wednesday I traveled with Aura, a loan officer.  My main goal was to get some signatures from Kiva borrowers so that we could use their photos in a press release.  What I ended up getting, along with the signatures, was a glimpse into Aura’s life

Since getting the signatures required us to go a little village called Cruz Blanca (White Cross), where Aura’s lives, I asked if I could see her house.  She in turn suggested that we just eat lunch there.  Her house had several rooms, but the floor was a base of concrete.  Aura shared...

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Dec 2, 2009 GT Guatemala

Jeremy Lapedis, KF9, Guatemala

I spent thanksgiving in Costa Rica with four other Kiva Fellows who are placed in Central America. Before going, the Guatemalans who I had spoken with about my trip mentioned two things: Costa Rica is safer than Guatemala, but it has less of it’s own culture.  Having spent only five days in Costa Rica, I can hardly make any judgments about Costa Rica’s culture (however you define culture, be it ideas, materials, art, family values, government etc.), but I can confidently confirm that Costa Rica is safer than Guatemala: walking down...

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