Fellows Blog Posts by Andrea Ramirez

Dec 15, 2011 CR Costa Rica

By Andrea Ramirez, KF 16, El Salvador & Costa Rica.

I love double rainbows, too.

I love hot water.

I also love designated bus stops, and having lunch with co-workers..not at my desk.

I love the noise that the leaves of plantain trees make when the wind hits them.

I love having a garbage removal service..instead of having to burn the garbage to get rid of it.

I love the smile on a borrower´s face when they´re told their loan will be...

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Dec 7, 2011 CR Costa Rica

By Andrea Ramirez, KF16, Costa Rica.

The Women of the Year!

Today I was a judge for the first time.  I had the honor of being invited to represent Kiva as part of the jury for Fundación Mujer’s 8th annual Woman Entrepreneur Awards for 2011. Today was a day full of stories of strength and success, told by some of the bravest women I have ever met.  I knew these women had to be pretty amazing, but my imagination wasn’t wild enough to have predicted the struggles...

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Oct 25, 2011


By Andrea Ramirez, KF16 El Salvador.

El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala were hit recently by non-stop rain. Ten days of rain to be precise.  Here in El Salvador the areas affected were mostly those close to rivers and the coast. In a country as small as El Salvador, that means pretty much 70 percent of the country was affected.  Based on government estimates, El Salvador was the country that was hit the hardest.  More than 55,000 people have been left out of their homes due to the floods, and 34 people died.  The government still has no estimates of how much...

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Sep 20, 2011 SV El Salvador

By Andrea Ramirez, KF16, El Salvador.

One of the awesome bands during the Independence Day Parade in San Miguel

Last Thursday, September 15th, we celebrated Independence day here in El Salvador. However, El Salvador was not alone in the celebrations as Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua also had their own festivities on that very same day.  It was a colorful day, and I want to share a bit of the fun show that I got to enjoy here in San...

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Sep 7, 2011 SV El Salvador

By Andrea Ramirez, KF16,  El Salvador

In recent years the microfinance sector has been hit with harsh criticism about the real impact it has on improving the lives of the low-income clients it serves. If it is true that microfinance, including micro-credit, is not the panacea for poverty; it is also true that Microfinance Institutions (“MFIs”) don’t have an easy job. MFIs and their staff are, in my opinion, the true heroes. Their loan officers and administrative staff are those who are out there, day after day, meeting clients and trying to help...

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Aug 28, 2011 SV El Salvador

Pastries in Usulutan, near one of the offices of Fundacion Campo

Not only are things sweeter and delicious, but there is no such a thing as “light” or “diet” versions of anything (as far as I can tell). The delectable corn products are also sooo good that I could transition into a corn-only-based diet rather quickly. Such diet would include:

Pupusas: Corn patties that usually come filled with cheese, or a combination of...

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