A Fellowship in Photos (Part 1)

28 December 2011 at 04:00 1 comment

By Kate Bennett, KF15 Ecuador / KF16 Perú

My first placement in Ecuador was my first time in the country. Turns out that Ecuador is every bit as incredible as the guide books say, and more. I was continously struck by the warmth and openness of the Ecuadorian people (and their passion for politics!), the beauty of the mountains, jungle, and countryside, the richness of Ecuadorian food, the strength of the Kiva borrowers I met there, and my persisting inability to salsa as well as my coworkers. These are a few of my favorite photos of my time there. Stay tuned for my next post, of my favorite photos from my placement in Perú!

Above the town of Chunchi, Ecuador. Kiva Field Partner Fundación Alternativa's program directed at families of immigrants is supporting a group loan to building a restaurant, at the site- where the borrowers' big dream is to one day build a hotel and spa as well!

Kiva Borrower Orlen Rafael (http://www.kiva.org/lend/321388) shows us the fruits of his recent loan from Fundación Alternativa, which he used to buy oil paints, fabric, and general supplies to be able to make his works of art.

Helping Fundación ESPOIR borrower Ana make tamales outside of Cuenca, Ecuador (http://fellowsblog.kiva.org/2011/08/10/how-to-make-a-tamale-or-a-hundred/)

Dolls in Ecuador's famous Otavalo weekend market

A view of Ibarra, Ecuador, where Kiva Field Partner FODEMI is located

A FODEMI borrower's microentreprise: dragon-boat tours! (Definitely worth the $2)

A celebration outside of Ibarra, Ecuador. None of the Ecuadorians I talked to could actually explain why the men were dressed as women.

Fundación ESPOIR borrower Gladys used her loan to buy ingredients for her ice cream, which she was kind enough to share with my fellow loan officer and me. Yum!

Cuenca: Ecuador's colonial jewel, and an incredible blend of strong indigenous presence, enduring Spanish influences, and true Ecuadorian culture

The daughter of a Kiva borrower at her mother's market stall in Quito, Ecuador

A Kiva borrower spins wool, which she will eventually dye and use to knit hats and gloves to be sold to tourists in Cuenca, Ecuador

A Fundación ESPOIR group loan meeting takes place outside of Cuenca, Ecuador (inside this small structure are 15 mothers and grandmothers, most of whom have been ESPOIR borrowers for over ten years)

Kate Bennett (KF16) is thrilled to be working in Ica, Peru with Kiva Field Partner Caja Rural Señor de Luren. For more on Kate’s experiences with Caja Rural Señor de Luren or life in Peru or Ecuador, follow her work here.

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1 Comment

  • 1. genderaquafish  |  7 January 2012 at 02:27

    Dear Kate

    I would like your permission to use your Ecuador dolls photo in a post on my Genderaquafish (http://genderaquafish.org/) site. A post I am just about to make has a reference to a research paper on the Ecuador shrimp farming sector, and other political ecology matters. I would like to use an attractive but apolitical picture as I have a very diversified audience for the posts. Your lively pic would be wonderful! Meryl Williams

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