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Category Archives: Dominican Republic
Here’s a video highlighting those entrepreneurs and children Esperanza International works with in the Dominican Republic. I’ve spent a bit of time in the DR visiting Kayla (who works for Esperanza), and this slideshow certainly takes me down memory lane from my trips a couple years ago.
I recently returned from a fellowship with Esperanza International. This Microfinance institution serves over 18,000 clients in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. I had been conducting interviews with loan recipients for a few weeks and had met many inspiring associates; one in particular stood out to me: Armando was eight months old when his legs stopped functioning. His family was very poor and couldnâ€™t access the high quality health care … Read More >>
Published By Krista Hoff on March 9, 2009
I have repeatedly wondered this question with respect to natural disaster since I have begun working in Santiago with Esperanza International and Kiva.Â What happens to microfinance bank members when natural disaster strikes? In the case of the Dominican Republic, natural disaster comes often and in the form of tropical storm and hurricane activity.Â Since arriving two months ago I have come across the stories of two individuals, each effected … Read More >>
Published By Kevin Halloran on February 26, 2009
I wanted this post to be deep, intellectual thoughts that would blow all of your minds, but realize with only a few weeks of experience, I realize I donâ€™t have any of those thoughts.Â What I can offer is some observations I have about microfinance and poverty. It seems so two-dimensional to learn about something through a book or in a classroom when you can see it first hand.Â Microfinance … Read More >>
My name is Kevin Halloran and I’m a new contributor here at myKRO.org. Ever since hearing about microfinance my freshman year in college I have been interested in exploring it further.Â I decided to look into a internship with a microfinance organization and found an opportunity to work with a partner of HOPE International (Esperanza International) in the Dominican Republic for the next 3 months. I am working closely with … Read More >>
Published By Drew Meyers on January 16, 2009
I took a trip to the Dominican Republic to visit my friend Kayla, who works for Esperanza International in their Santo Domingo office, about a month ago. For starters, I can’t believe it took me so long to finish this post, which I’ve had in a draft state for a few weeks, but that’s neither here nor there. The trip was my second time in the Dominican Republic and, as … Read More >>
My name is Kayla Villnow, and I work for Esperanza International down in the Dominican Republic.Â I have left a couple of posts, but not nearly as many as I could!Â Being that one of my New Year’s resolutions is to contribute more frequently, I thought I’d start off with a question for the Mykro community… what do you think is better, a simple micro credit model, or a micro … Read More >>
Published By Kayla Villnow on August 27, 2008
The following story is submitted on behalf of Esperanza International, the interview was conducted by volunteer Travis Vaughan. Shely comes from a highly impoverished community on the north coast of the Dominican Republic; she is a Haitian immigrant. Shely Perez has been an extremely influential leader her community, encouraging other women and small business owners to become involved with Esperanza. She says that in the past, many of her community … Read More >>
It’s a blistering hot day. A child runs by you, nearly naked, his skin smeared with mud and powdered by dust, his bare feet pattering down a road littered with garbage. Under the shady branches of a mango tree sits an ebony faced woman, fanning herself, rearranging the countless pieces of gum and candies she has for sale in a deteriorating wooden briefcase. You look over your shoulder. Now you … Read More >>