My new Kiva Fellows Blog Post about Asociacion Arariwa’s Retreat last weekend. From microfinance reflections, to singing Peruvian Folk at 2 am!
A Sneak Preview> “The retreat started out with pictures of Machu Picchu, Maras Moray, Sacsayhuaman, and the mountains and sweeping valleys that put Peru on the map for every tourist coming to South America. The executive director began, “This is our rich history, memories from a time were we were the most advanced race on the face of the planet”. The discourse went on to show poverty in Peru: families standing outside of adobe shacks, and homes destroyed by the floods last February and the executive director explained that their “rich” history can´t guarantee a “rich” future for the poor in Peru. How only microfinance coupled with education (at every village bank Arariwa provides training sessions for their clients) and a focus on improving health and nutrition can do that.”
This post I won´t bore you with my words… I´ll let my camera do the talking. This week has been interesting to say the least: it ranges from me being on Cipro (the food in Peru did me in…), me warding off bandits, catching a rat in my kitchen, some of the biggest hail I have ever seen, borrower visits at 4200m in Ocongate, and some folk music from the Arariwa retreat!
sorry guys… people at my work got upset about the music video. they don´t want to be online… email me if you just can´t live without peruvian folk!
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Maybe I have written too much in the past, but now that my camera is back, I can load my posts with amazing “I wish you were here” photos.
Yesterday, I went with one of Asociación Arariwa´s (pronounced Ararigwa. who would have known?) loan officers into the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, the provincia de Urubamba to the town of Chincero. There, I was performing a “BV” or Borrower Verification. It´s to make sure that the loan information, the loan use, and the borrower match what is posted on the Kiva website. Anyway, I´ll let the pictures speak for me: