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  1. Day #3: “Pachamama and Sustainable Community Living in Bolivia”

    23 May 2014 at 13:10 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    Eggs – packed and distributed to local supermarkets

    Pachamama is the term used by the Andean people to represent Mother Earth or Gaia.  It is at the heart of the operating philosophy of Fundación Colonia Piraí (FCP), which has received €140,000 direct funding from Oikocredit to date - thanks to investments from private individuals and organisations.

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  2. Day #2: “By raising the income of a woman you raise the income of her family”

    16 May 2014 at 10:53 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments


    Borrowed from the old adage “by educating a woman you educate her family”, both these phrases are the fervent belief of President Lic. V. Vitty Arano De Rodriguez and Treasurer Lic. Susana Moreno Velasco, Director of the FUNBODEM Bolivian Foundation for the Development of Women.

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  3. Day #1: A husband & wife, 7 hectares, a machete, and a $200 loan

    14 May 2014 at 09:40 - by Monica Middleton - 2 comments

    Oikocredit partner Fondeco

    Our Oikocredit study group heads north-west from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, following the road towards our rural destination, Yapacani.

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  4. Day #0: Bolivia brings to mind Bowler Hats…

    6 May 2014 at 16:39 - by Monica Middleton - 2 comments


    …And at present, for me, specific words. Lots of them… 

    …Fairtrade, cooperatives, microfinance, social enterprise, impact investment, responsible investment, positive investment, social investment, ethical investment, socially responsible investment, sustainable investment, mixed motive investment. Arrgh. All of these words - broadly belonging to the same business sector - seem to me to be imbued with deep meaning yet, at the same time, they are confusing. At least perhaps to the layperson, which I suspect I am.

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