Posts tagged ‘artisan’

Update from the Field: Life as a Fellow in San Francisco, a walk through an art fair + becoming part of a winning soccer team

Compiled by Isabel Balderrama | KF17 + KF18 | Bolivia

On this week’s update we have a great collection of posts describing some of our Kiva Fellows’ Class 18 arrival to their new and exciting field assignments. But first, we are treated to an article from an out-going fellow who takes us on a visually-pleasing journey through Mexico’s largest artisan fair. This week’s journey also takes us to Kosovo and to its capital Pristina, where we will learn more about this small new state in the Balkans. Then its off to Peru, where we are given the opportunity to learn more about Kiva’s goal of creating a global link between lenders and borrowers by examining one example: promoting community development through team sports. Yey for soccer! Finally, the narrative wouldn’t be complete without a Kiva’d up take on The Real World which you should read if you have always wondered what the famed week of fellows’ training in Kiva Headquarters, San Francisco is like. Enjoy!

Continue Reading 25 June 2012 at 09:00 6 comments

How much is too much?

A lot of Kiva blogs have discussed the issue of interest rates and how much interest should be paid on a microfinance loan. But what about the size of the loan itself? It’s actually not that easy for an MFI to decide how much to lend to a client – if they lend too much, they fear the client won’t be able to pay back the loan, but if they lend too little, the client may not be able to achieve their business goals. For CrediComun, my MFI in Mexico, ensuring that their clients are not over-indebted is a major priority – they want to help their clients, not make their lives harder, and so they take loan size very seriously.

While visiting CrediComun clients this week, I met two that I think show how tricky this issue can be…

Continue Reading 9 April 2010 at 06:42 1 comment

the Artist and the Artisan

By Suzy Marinkovich, KF8 Peru

What is an artist?  What is an artisan? Are they different?

The debate caught my interest when I was walking away from Ayacucho’s Ex-Carcel, a former prison now converted to an artisan market where many of our Kiva borrowers at FINCA Peru work.  As I chatted with Jen, a friend of mine and herself an avid student of language, I couldn’t shake something she said.  She noted that the term ‘artisan’ often seems more related to poverty or developing nations, whereas the term ‘artist’ seems more attached to an upper-crust society, or simply put, wealth.  Her insight got me thinking and researching.

I do not believe the terms have anything the least bit inherent in them that pulls one to poverty or wealth; but it may be a consequence of how we define the terms more generally.  Artisans often produce functional goods, and produce a large quantity of the crafts they are good at.  Artists, on the other hand, are considered to be those who produce one-of-a-kind-pieces; their livelihood also does not necessarily depend on the production of their works.


11 August 2009 at 06:42 6 comments

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