Colombia

3 Reasons Microfinance Still Matters

3 Reasons Microfinance Still Matters

“Banco Occidente, Banco Caja Social, Citibank, BBVA…” Don Hugo listed off the banks he had taken loans from in the...

Lessons from Colombia: Make the Client Feel Like Family

Lessons from Colombia: Make the Client Feel Like Family

Don Marco’s wife sat us down at the wooden table in their living room as we waited for him to...

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

Welp, here we go again. I’m standing on the Transmilenio, squeezed between a backpack and a pole. No need to...

Social Class (and Castes?) in Colombia

Social Class (and Castes?) in Colombia

“Where do you live?” It’s a basic question, but in Bogota, as in many cities, it can also be a...

Relationship-building with Bancompartir

Relationship-building with Bancompartir

In addition to working with Accion’s hub office here in Bogotá, I’m also getting a project off the ground with Bancompartir,...

Adrenaline rush (both the good kind and the bad)

Adrenaline rush (both the good kind and the bad)

Swinging in midair, doing my best to avoid bumping up against the intimidating rock that I was only halfway up,...

Sustainably Banking the Poor

Sustainably Banking the Poor

Dinamización – that’s the word that Luis Orlando Cardenas, one of Accion’s microfinance senior experts, used to describe the transformation...

Making Friends on the Road

Making Friends on the Road

Outside the arrivals terminal at the Medellín airport, I was scanning the busy road for a bus that would take...

The First Week in Bogotá: A Crash Course in Microfinance and Spanish

The First Week in Bogotá: A Crash Course in Microfinance and Spanish

As my plane was landing in Bogotá late Sunday night, it was nearly 1am, and I was absolutely ready to...