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Dec 12, 2009 MX Mexico

by Julie Pachico, KF9 Mexico

Lending teams (in case you aren’t already aware) are one of the funner features on Kiva. The idea behind lending teams is to create a community of Kiva lenders rallying behind a common cause. Teams rang from the commonplace, such as those based on countries and universities, to the more quirky, such as Beer Goggles Never Lie and the Flying Spagehtti Monster. After joining your lending team of choice (you can belong to as many as you want!), you can choose to have the next loan you make on Kiva “count” towards the lending team,...

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Dec 3, 2009 MX Mexico

by Julie Pachico, KF9 Mexico

I had the good fortune to visit the business of Kiva borrower Carmen Patricia Urquidez here in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Carmen Patricia (or “Pati” as she likes to be called) runs a little stall in front of her home where she sells holiday-themed merchandise. Right now her store is filled with lovely Christmas decorations: bells, ornaments, trees, Santa hats, lights, and light-up frames of the Virgin de Guadalupe. She even makes beautiful handmade wreaths to hang over windows and doors.

Here’s a video (with subtitles) of...

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Nov 27, 2009 MX Mexico

by Julie Pachico, KF9 Mexico

It’s business as usual here in Mexico after “dia del pavo” (turkey day). My tummy is a little upset right now from copious amounts of lip and cheek meat tacos and shrimp soup lunches, not typical Thanksgiving fare but so it goes (goodbye vegetarianism, hello flexibility!). For now here are two very simple videos of being out and about here in the charming border town of Nuevo Laredo, where I’ve been working with Kiva’s partner microfinance institution, Fundación para la Vivienda Progresiva (FVP). Video #1 is of an...

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Nov 7, 2009 MX Mexico

By Julie Pachico, KF9 Mexico

A big part of the loan officers’ work load at FVP is “prospectando,” or heading out into the field and reaching out to potential clients. When I was first invited to come along I was a little nervous, as my career as a canvasser lasted for all of one day and I hate pushy sales people, no matter how good the cause. However my fears were rapidly relieved within minutes of accompanying the loan officers on their door-to-door visits. Their attitude isn’t that of aggressive marketing, but rather stems from a genuine concern and...

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Oct 23, 2009 MX Mexico

By Julie Pachico, KF9 Mexico

I said in my first post that I wanted to keep my eyes and ears open, especially in terms of how “la crisis” has been affecting the lives of Kiva borrowers in Nuevo Laredo. Most of the clients I’ve interviewed for journals have definitely commented (quite emphatically at times) that business these days has been certainly tough. What’s surprised me, though, has been the number of clients I’ve met whose struggles are more due to random acts of life or just plain bad luck, rather than the...

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