Posts about Bolivia

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  1. From Bolivia to Peru: pulling focus on impact investment and social enterprise

    13 June 2014 at 09:42 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    South America – a continent much in need of responsible, impact investment to help previously financially excluded people reach economic self-reliance.  It is also the focus of my recent travels to see the grassroots work of Oikocredit’s South American partners in this space…

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  2. Day #5: “Village Banking” shifts food from streets to stalls

    28 May 2014 at 09:34 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    Food stalls

    Wherever I’ve travelled in the developing world it has never ceased to amaze me how food-vendors crop up on the side of the road, selling (and often whipping up) drinks and delicacies in front of my eyes. However, attractive though this proposition may be to the passer-by in need of sustenance, I can’t imagine that it’s much fun for the vendor who has to squat in the dirt, in the searing heat, from dawn until dusk to provide a pittance for themselves and their family.

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  3. Day #4: From Brooms & Bare Hands to 'Suited & Booted' with Wheelie-bins

    23 May 2014 at 13:33 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    Many Bolivian women earn a simple wage working for local municipals, cleaning the streets and common land with their rakes, brooms and bare hands. That’s until FUNBODEM - a microfinance partner of Oikocredit - dedicated to the development of disadvantaged Bolivian women, encouraged some of these women in semi-urban areas to form themselves into four groups of between 30-50 people, mainly comprising friends and family. 

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  4. 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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  5. 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

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

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

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

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

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    …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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