By Nick Hamilton, KF14

I have just come to the end of a 3-month Kiva Fellowship with Interactuar, Kiva’s Field Partner in the state of Antioquia, Colombia. I was blown away by this organisation. ‘The Google of Microfinance Institutions,’ I kept thinking to myself. 

Before coming to Colombia I had a firm belief that microloans alone weren’t enough, and that support services such as training and consultancy were key to a micro-entrepreneur’s success. My view has changed somewhat – I now think that microloans on their own can be enough if administered in the right environment and with suitable due diligence – but Interactuar has backed up my belief in the power of such support services. The results I’ve witnessed have been astounding.

I won’t talk about Interactuar too much here as I discuss them in detail in a 3-part blog I’ll be publishing next week on ‘The Pros and Cons of Microfinance – A View From The Field’. I also want to let this (2-part) video do the talking.

Enjoy! 

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Part 2:

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Nick has now come to the end of his 2nd Kiva Fellowship and his enjoying his last few days in Colombia :-(

Want to see what Kiva Fellows get up to on a daily basis? Watch this video.


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