Guatemala

Learning while doing: Guja’s experience measuring impact in Guatemala

Learning while doing: Guja’s experience measuring impact in Guatemala

As I’ve been knee deep in technical office work the past couple of weeks, I decided it would be more...

The Future of Microfinance: Transparency, Accountability, and Client Protection

The Future of Microfinance: Transparency, Accountability, and Client Protection

Over the last decade, the microfinance industry has been challenged over its efficacy as a development strategy, and whether lending...

The Importance of Getting to the Field

The Importance of Getting to the Field

“If you want to be involved in microfinance, get to the field, ” was the advice that Accion CEO Michael Schlein gave...

Guatemala City and Antigua: 45 minutes and a world apart

Guatemala City and Antigua: 45 minutes and a world apart

As the bus climbed the steep road out of Guatemala City, I kept my eyes on the road, in an...

Candle Making as a Financial Empowerment Tool?

Candle Making as a Financial Empowerment Tool?

My first day in the field I learned how to make candles.  This may come as a bit of a...

Common Denominators in Microfinance

Common Denominators in Microfinance

Génesis Empresarial will be the third MFI for which I’ve had the privilege of working.  My inaugural experience with microfinance...

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...

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...