Mexico

Spotlight on Ivan Mancillas: A Compartamos Founder

Spotlight on Ivan Mancillas: A Compartamos Founder

I have just returned from an incredible summer internship as an Accion Ambassador at Grupo Compartamos in Mexico City. Looking...

The Social Responsibility Umbrella of Banco Compartamos

The Social Responsibility Umbrella of Banco Compartamos

Part of my summer assignment for La Fundación at Grupo Compartamos is to research social impact measurement and propose a...

The Importance of Investing in Human Beings through Compartamos’ Philosophy

The Importance of Investing in Human Beings through Compartamos’ Philosophy

This week marks my fifth week at Grupo Compartamos and it’s hard to believe how fast time is flying. There...

A (long) Day in the Life of a Compartamos Loan Officer

A (long) Day in the Life of a Compartamos Loan Officer

In my last post, I mentioned that my first introduction to real microfinance through two different client site visits in Toluca...

Microfinance in Action: From Mexico City to Toluca

Microfinance in Action: From Mexico City to Toluca

Around 1pm on Saturday, June 22, I awoke to a loud thump and the sound of clapping passengers as our...

Microfinance in the ‘Real Mexico’

Microfinance in the ‘Real Mexico’

Oaxaca is a state often referred to as “The Real Mexico”. Its rich indigenous roots combined with a strong colonial...

A Sweeter Side of Microfinance

A Sweeter Side of Microfinance

Normally I don’t like reading microfinance stories about the proverbial, impoverished woman who is able to change her life with...

A Bank Gives Back

A Bank Gives Back

These days, corporate social responsibility (or CSR) seems to be a word that everyone is throwing around. Most big companies...

The kind of insurance that’s NOT in the news

The kind of insurance that’s NOT in the news

All of a sudden, insurance is a word I’m hearing a lot. Not only can I not open any US...

Why the Market Approach to Microfinance Can Work

Why the Market Approach to Microfinance Can Work

When I mentioned to anyone in the microfinance field that I was going to be working with Banco Compartamos this...