And so it begins…

This past weekend was awesome. I got to travel to Lago Atitlan with the executive director of FAPE and his family to Pana and then on to Queztaltenango to visit some of his wife’s family. It proved to be an awesome way to get to know about FAPE informally, about Guatemala and how the Guatemalan culture changes the atmosphere of microfinance and how FAPE makes a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

Perhaps the most interesting thing I learned, advertising in microfinance, I will address in a later fellows blog (don’t worry I’ll post the link). But it was also interesting to note that because of the machismo in Guatemala, the women occasionally take out loans without their husbands knowledge, and if their husband finds out, he can beat them or asks for a cut of the loan. Not all men are created equal however, FAPE has many male clients that do well with their loans and ARE helping their families.

Tomorrow, I start work, and my prayer is that the rest of the KIVA fellows and myself will make a difference in the lives of the people and organizations we serve on behalf of KIVA.

3 thoughts on “And so it begins…

  1. Eric!!! Just wanted to let you know that I’m following you (and actually reading) and that you are in my prayers! Glad you made it safely to Guatemala! Take tons of pictures!

  2. Hi Eric, your dad just sent out an e-mail to everybody to let us know how your doing. I am so proud that you are helping those in need. There should be more people like you in this world. I hope your job is exciting and you are able to learn the culture. If I had the money I would do the same thing you are doing, but for now I will just read about your adventures and your work experience in Guatemala. Take lots of pictures so you can share them with us when you come back. Take care and God Bless!!!

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