Paraguay

Franchising in Paraguay: Going beyond microcredit

Franchising in Paraguay: Going beyond microcredit

The World Wide Web tells us that: “traditional franchising is when a firm with an established product or service (the...

Up for Review: the Client Protection Principles at Fundación Paraguaya

Up for Review: the Client Protection Principles at Fundación Paraguaya

Consider this the sequel to my last story about the Client Protection Principles. Planet Rating is visiting this week to conduct...

Protecting clients in microfinance

Protecting clients in microfinance

Imagine you are a farmer with a few scattered small plots of land where you cultivate beans, peanuts and maize....

Paraguay vs. India: the Dutch perspective

Paraguay vs. India: the Dutch perspective

When I was living and working in Chandigarh (India) for a few months back in 2011, I was also writing a...

From Eyelets to Empanadas: My Meeting with Dora

From Eyelets to Empanadas: My Meeting with Dora

Last night, the skies opened up and doused Asunción with winter rain. It’s a brief reprieve from the staggering 90-degree...

Helping Paraguay’s Poverty Stoplight Go Global

Helping Paraguay’s Poverty Stoplight Go Global

Last week I had the privilege to attend a workshop in La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz is located at an...

¡Vamos al supermercado!

¡Vamos al supermercado!

I feel at home in the grocery store: selecting grades of chocolate for brownies, finding the perfect chicken for roasting,...

Red, yellow or green? You decide.

Red, yellow or green? You decide.

Dear reader, If you would have to rate yourself with respect to access to electricity, which of the colors below...

Starting with the Semáforo

Starting with the Semáforo

My first days working at la Casa Matriz – headquarters – remind me of a quote from a book I’ve...

Behind the scenes of a solidarity group

Behind the scenes of a solidarity group

One by one, the women are entering the patio. Some have brought their children who are quiet at first but...