Accion Ambassadors 2013

6 Tips on How to Win Over the Heart of your MFI

6 Tips on How to Win Over the Heart of your MFI

As in life, the key to living a joyful and productive Accion Ambassadorship is mostly based upon the relationships that...

Schools that Pay for Themselves

Schools that Pay for Themselves

One hundred seventy people from 20 countries convened in late October in Cerrito, Paraguay for a three-day conference on self-sufficient schools. ...

A Long First Day in Asuncion

A Long First Day in Asuncion

It was 5PM in Queens, New York when I made my way to John F Kennedy Airport en route to...

Meet Mr. Mouse

Meet Mr. Mouse

“Today I am going to call you Ms. Mouse, because today you are my partner in action!” exclaimed Walter Alfonso...

East meets South: How to Make Guatemalan Chow Mein

East meets South: How to Make Guatemalan Chow Mein

Way back in September, I touched down on the tarmac, and envisioned being greeted by fried plantains, warm tortillas, and...

Risky Assumptions to Avoid about Microfinance Borrowers

Risky Assumptions to Avoid about Microfinance Borrowers

Oops! Have you fallen into a trap? Despite using the educated parts of our brains, it’s easy to make harmful...

How I Won a Free Steak with Zumba Moves

How I Won a Free Steak with Zumba Moves

A challenge was issued.  The place?  Guatemala City.  The event?  Copa Positiva (Positive Cup) and Miss Genesis. Let’s begin with...

Teaching – and Learning! – with Fabiola Cantero

Teaching – and Learning! – with Fabiola Cantero

At just 25 years old, Fabiola Cantero is the village banking loan officer in the Lambaré (a city near to Asunción)...

Does microfinance work in post-conflict Guatemala?

Does microfinance work in post-conflict Guatemala?

On September 15, Guatemala celebrated 192 years of independence with fireworks, balloons, and parades.  By the end of the festivities,...

Counting Experiences by the Tortilla

Counting Experiences by the Tortilla

How many tortillas do I eat in one day?  Between eight and twelve on average, but I’m a lightweight! Still,...