Accion Ambassadors 2011

Why can’t you repay your loan?

Why can’t you repay your loan?

Together with Mary Helen, another ACCION Ambassador, and along with 3 interns from Fundacion Paraguaya, we are conducting a study...

Measuring Microfinance Impact

Measuring Microfinance Impact

As Acción Ambassadors, our mission is to document the impact of microfinance. Last year, Fundación Paraguaya, -like many organizations maturing-, started feeling the need to measure their impact on client’s lives and to document it. Do they help clients progress out of poverty? Do they eliminate poverty? Fundación Paraguaya chose to develop its own tool: the "Traffic light" showing in red, yellow and green, areas of poverty and needed improvements. They “took a picture” of poverty in June 2010 for some groups, and are currently taking another one of the same groups to monitor changes. Rosa, Cristina and Petronilla were some of those clients...

Solidarity and Companionship! (Solidaridad y Compañerismo!)

Solidarity and Companionship! (Solidaridad y Compañerismo!)

The first question that I asked Fortaleza, a women’s committee of Fundación Paraguaya, was “What is the secret of their...

Superacion de Pobreza – a lofty goal

Superacion de Pobreza – a lofty goal

Fundacion Paraguaya has a lofty goal this year, to raise 6,000 women in poverty to an income level above 500,000 guaranis ($125)...

Final field visit – a reality check

Final field visit – a reality check

Before actually seeing microfinance field operations from a worm’s-eye view, I sometimes wondered, what’s the catch? How are loan officers...

We’re Checking Up On You: Paraguay’s Credit Bureau

We’re Checking Up On You: Paraguay’s Credit Bureau

So you find 14 women to form a comité with and then your microloan is on its way? Not so...

Making it Beautiful, Making a Living: A Decorating Entrepreneur

Making it Beautiful, Making a Living: A Decorating Entrepreneur

Demetria is an energetic mother, president of her Fundación Paraguaya lending group, and microentrepreneur who runs two home-based microbusinesses. One...

A New Assignment: Placing Human Rights and Gender Equality in the Surveyors’ Manual

During a charming dinner with the founder of Fundación Paraguaya, I was pleasantly surprised by Martin Burt’s receptiveness to the...

This is customer service at its finest

This is customer service at its finest

8:00 a.m. – the Ketu branch of ACCION Microfinance Bank (AMfB) in Lagos, Nigeria is starting to gear up for...

Thoughts on Chifeng ACCION Microcredit Company

Thoughts on Chifeng ACCION Microcredit Company

During my stay in Chifeng, China over the last two weeks, I have closely observed the work of ACCION Microcredit...