Fellows Blog Posts by suearthur

Aug 4, 2009 NI Nicaragua

By Susan Arthur, KF8 (Kiva Fellow 8th Class) in Nicaragua

This week marks World Breastfeeding Week prompting me to contemplate how microfinance and breastfeeding play important roles in alleviating poverty.

More than 80% of Kiva entrepreneurs are women, many of whom are mothers with home-based businesses where they can easily satisfy their baby’s hunger and provide for their optimal growth by breastfeeding.  Indeed, on a few occasions, Kiva field partners have posted profile photos on Kiva’s site of borrowers nursing their babies.

Could breastfeeding rates...

Continue Reading >>

Jul 14, 2009 NI Nicaragua

By Susan Arthur, KF8 (Kiva Fellow 8th Class) in Nicaragua

Episodio 3: Doña Cony plans ahead.

In May, she planted a granadilla fruit tree in her back courtyard in Managua. It looks more like a vine, and it stands about five feet two inches tall, about the height of Doña Cony. Granadillas Equals “Dineritos”


“It’s my plant that is going to bring me dineritos — monies,” says...

Continue Reading >>

Jun 29, 2009 NI Nicaragua

By Susan Arthur, KF8, Nicaragua

Dear Kiva Novela Fans,

I was unable to upload the two videos that were to accompany last Saturday’s (Episode 2) of “As the Microfinance Mundo Turns.” So consider this to be Episode 2.5. Don’t miss Laura Hopps’s testimonial about Doña Cony’s ice cream. Laura lives in Nicaragua and volunteers for the Centro Cultural Batahola Norte. Follow her Friends of Batahola blog if you want to learn more.

' Continue Reading >>

Jun 27, 2009 NI Nicaragua

By Susan Arthur, KF8 Nicaragua

Doña Cony is quite the savvy business women.

She lives in Batahola Norte, a neighborhood in Managua, Nicaragua, the second poorest country in Latin America after Haiti, according to the World Bank.

Purveyor of Nicaragua´s Best Ice Cream

She sells her own homemade ice cream, rents rooms in her house to visitors who come to Nicaragua to volunteer, teach or study and cooks them delicious meals...

Continue Reading >>

Jun 20, 2009 NI Nicaragua

By Susan Arthur, KF8 Nicaragua

Dear readers,

I am a Kiva Fellow in Managua, Nicaragua, working with field partner CEPRODEL.  I’ve been here for a couple of weeks now, and am thrilled to announce Kiva’s first novela: “As the Microfinance Mundo (World) Turns.”

Novelas are soap operas which are very popular in Latin America and on Spanish-language television in the U.S. On this blog, I will unveil the story of Doña Cony as she seeks credit so she can open a “comedor” or small restaurant on the front porch of her house.

Located in Batahola Norte, a poor neighborhood...

Continue Reading >>