Sally Bolton

Fellows Blog Posts by Sally Bolton

Jun 30, 2010 MX Mexico

By Sally Bolton, KF11, Mexico

Mañana holds a special place in Mexican culture. The frustrations of mañana (tomorrow) when it comes to dealing with mechanics, tradespeople, the phone company or any branch of Mexican bureaucracy are well documented. When will the internet be reconnected? Mañana. When will the doors be put back on my apartment? Mañana. When will this rubbish be collected? Mañana. Just about the only time when mañana won’t cut it is when you are asked to pay a ‘fine’ to the traffic police. Your suggestion that you...

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Jun 24, 2010 MX Mexico

By Sally Bolton, KF11, Mexico

A strange thing happens when the time comes to take a photo of a Kiva borrower or group. Women who moments before were smiling and laughing suddenly put on their solemn photo face. My colleague Marta is great at coaxing a smile from even the most serious photo subjects. “Lend me a smile, please,” she says. “I’m going to make you a star! Next stop, Hollywood!” The women break into smiles, and with a quick click of the camera she captures the moment.

The women have another thing in common with Hollywood stars, aside from having their photo...

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Jun 10, 2010 MX Mexico

By Sally Bolton, KF11 Mexico

In June 1986 during the football World Cup in Mexico many people around the world saw a stadium wave for the first time. In many countries this phenomenon became known as a Mexican wave. In June 2010 a borrower in Mexico saw Kiva’s new client waiver for the first time. This is the story of the waiver, not the wave.

“I’m so happy that you can come with me to Tlalnepantla today,” said Leti, the loan officer I was working with last week. “There’s a group there who don’t want to enter into Kiva for their second loan cycle. Maybe you...

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May 19, 2010 MX Mexico

By Sally Bolton, KF11, Mexico

Once upon a time in Oaxaca, Mexico there was a fine river which flowed below Jicaltepec. Nowadays the fish are gone and the earth is dry. Young children are wide-eyed at their parents’ stories of playing and swimming in the river as children themselves.

It seems impossibly dry in the Costa Chica, a region on the south coast of Mexico a few hours east of Acapulco. Straddling the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, the villages of the Costa Chica are far removed from the decadence of the famous resort town.

The hills are tinderbox- dry,...

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May 5, 2010 MX Mexico

By Sally Bolton, KF11, Mexico

Imagine life as a Kiva Fellow. Imagine living in some remote location far removed from the distractions and temptations of modern city life. Imagine struggling with slow internet connections and power outages. Imagine rustic housing and domestic compromises. Imagine a life not unlike what you have been living for the past year in Timor-Leste, the young half-island nation still struggling with the challenges of post-conflict development.

Instead, you find yourself in Mexico City, a grand swirling explosion of a metropolis. Or perhaps even...

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