Peace, Love, and Platanos – video recap of a recent visit to three ECCs

8 September 2010 at 07:00 7 comments

This past weekend Steven, Gerardo, and I made our way to Talamanca, indigenous territory in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone.  There we met with three up-and-coming ECCs set up with the help of Peace Corps volunteer Chase Adam.

The ECCs have been successfully lending and recollecting money for months , and are hoping to expand with funds from EDESA and Kiva.

We rode, walked, ran, and swam (okay, we didn’t swim) in order to get there, and made it back in time for the work week.  Check out the video below for a recap of the visit.


Until next time – get plenty of rest, eat your vegetables, and make a loan to an entrepreneur at Kiva.org.

Speaking of vegetables: Costa Rican Barbeque

John Murphy is a Kiva Fellow serving at EDESA in San José, Costa Rica.  In his spare time there he enjoys sampling the local sodas, using the cell phone he recently acquired, and keeping in touch with his friends around the world.

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7 Comments

  • 1. Julie Ryan  |  16 September 2010 at 14:44

    I never imagined meeting someone who does such fascinating work standing on the street corner looking lost just 2 blocks from my house! Keep up the great work. Did you end up making it home okay?

    • 2. johnfmurphy  |  20 September 2010 at 08:29

      Julie! I can’t believe it! Yes, made it home fine…caught the bus as I was on the way to the carettera. Thank you very much for your help. Take care, safe travels…

  • 3. Henry Murphy  |  9 September 2010 at 13:59

    Very interesting.

  • 4. Joanne  |  9 September 2010 at 09:20

    Awesome video, John!

  • 5. eileen murphy  |  8 September 2010 at 11:16

    great vid and pics! it really takes us there!! food looks delicious! nice work!

  • 6. Sam  |  8 September 2010 at 09:30

    whats an ECC?

    • 7. johnfmurphy  |  8 September 2010 at 09:59

      ECCs are emprezas de credito communales (communal credit enterprises in english), small lending groups set up by communities of people around the country. The entrepreneurs with EDESA on Kiva’s website are members of these ECCs.

      EDESA partners with these groups, extending them loans which allow them to extend their services to more people.

      Check out this blog post for a quick run down

      http://fellowsblog.kiva.org/2010/08/05/they-are-lined-up-around-the-block/


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