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Jul 23, 2010 HN Honduras

Matt Raimondi, KF11

Life as a Kiva Fellow has been a huge change of pace from the rest of my life, a chance to slow down and reflect on all the changes in my life while experiencing to a tremendous learning opportunity.  It has been an eye opening experience and I have been amazed at how many things I take for granted in my life.  Through my reflections I’ve come to realize that it’s the little things that count.  And so for my final post as a Kiva Fellow I present you with the top 11 things (yes, 11) that I am thankful for from my Kiva Fellowship in Honduras (in no particular order...

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Jul 20, 2010 HN Honduras

Matt Raimondi, KF11

The long-term viability of the microfinance industry depends on microfinance institutions’ ability to develop a sustainable business model.  Microfinance Institutions, after all, are business ventures; they must be financially viable in the long run or they will eventually be forced to fold and shut their doors.

Like many businesses, MFI’s depend heavily on repeat customers.  i.e. people who take out loan after loan, often increasing the loan size with each loan cycle.  Prior to my Kiva Fellowship I was naive to this practice.  While I...

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Jul 9, 2010 HN Honduras

By Matt Raimondi, KF11

It’s not often that clients of an MFI get recognized for their successes and for being loyal clients.  However, recently FAMA, a new Kiva partner in Honduras, began holding premiaciones (award ceremonies) for their clients.  The first premiacion was held a few weeks ago at FAMA’s headquarters in Juticalpa, Olancho, Honduras.  In typical Honduran fashion, I was not told about the event until the day of when everyone was running around frantically setting up for the event.  Thankfully as a rule of thumb, Kiva Fellows always have a camera on...

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Jun 14, 2010 HN Honduras

Matt Raimondi, KF11

Familia y Medio Ambiente (FAMA OPDF) is Kiva’s newest Field Partner in Honduras.  FAMA was started in the village of San Nicolás in the municipality of Juticalpa in the department of Olancho in 1990 with the implementation of two loan programs, education loans and sustainable agriculture loans. The first loans were for 50 Lempiras (Approx. $25USD in 1990).

FAMA has grown significantly from its humble beginnings and is now headquartered in Juticalpa, Olancho and operates 12 additional branches throughout Honduras,...

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Jun 1, 2010 SV El Salvador

By Matt Raimondi, KF11, Honduras

Natural disasters take on a whole other meaning when living in a developing country.  As we have witnessed with the recent catastrophes in Haiti and Chile, the poorest people are often the most effected and what little they have is often lost.  When 80% of your population lives below the poverty line, as is the case in Haiti, the aftermath can be crippling.  While the initial press coverage is intense and people’s willingness to provide aid is plentiful, too often these countries and their people are forgotten as the excitement and...

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May 15, 2010 HN Honduras

By Matt Raimondi, KF11, Honduras

I recently arrived in Juticalpa, Honduras to begin my Kiva Fellowship at FAMA OPD’F, a brand new Kiva partner.  (FAMA has yet to post any loans but will be posting their first loans in the upcoming weeks.  Be on the lookout for a blog post announcing their first loans!)

FAMA HQ, Juticalpa, Honduras

A longtime Kiva supporter, I began lending over three years ago and became a Volunteer Spanish Translator for Kiva a year and a half ago. I...

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