Gabriel was born in Nicaragua and immigrated to the US in the early 80s. He became a father while in high school and soon after graduating began working for a major telecom company. Within a few years he became active within the labor union and soon afterward, was elected to vice president. Gabriel was responsible for mobilizing workers as well as representing their interests. Ultimately, Gabriel stepped down in favor of a more bottoms up approach to instilling positive change. In 2006 he took part in a labor delegation to Colombia and in early 2009 after 11 years of employment, Gabriel left his job and began a backpacking trip that has taken him across the US and down through all of the Americas. One of his major goals was to learn to see America through his own eyes and better understand it so as to one day take part in its positive and sustainable development. In early 2010, he attained his other goal. He trekked down to the southernmost point in the Americas and witnessed some of the most beautiful scenery he has ever seen. With nowhere else to go but up, hes now heading North and eager to begin his work with Kiva, back in Nicaragua.
Thank you for lending on Kiva. I am testing an experimental feature to help connect you to the borrowers you lend to. In the near future, I will visit Julia Del Carmen Calderon, whose loan you [...]
Thank you for lending on Kiva. I am testing an experimental feature to help connect you to the borrowers you lend to. In the near future, I will visit Maria De Los Angeles Torrez, whose loan you [...]
Toribia\'s home is attached to her small store, where she sells food items. After sitting in her living room and speaking for a few minutes she walked us over into the store and showed us her products.
Harvy (the \"Kiva Coordinator\" at our field partner, CEPRODEL) and I arrived at CEPRODEL\'s office in San Rafael Del Sur just before noon on a weekday. Upon arriving we learned Leticia worked at the INSS [...]
This was Jorge\'s 4th loan and like the rest of his loans, it has gone very well.
Part of the loan was used for home improvements which included adding a floor and painting the walls. During our visit, we [...]