Two Great Volunteer Positions in Microfinance (domestic & international)
Volunteer Opportunity with The Adelante Foundation!
The mission of The Adelante Foundation is to help the poorest women in rural Honduras improve their standard of living. Since its foundation in 2000, Adelante has provided small loans and education to women, enabling them to start and grow businesses.
Adelante was founded in 2000 in response to the devastation Hurricane Mitch left in its destructive wake. Hurricane Mitch was one of the most violent weather phenomena to hit Central America in the twentieth century. Approximately 11,000 people were killed, an estimated 7,000 in Honduras alone. By comparison, the death toll from Hurricane Mitch was more than 400 percent greater than that of Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, as a result of Hurricane Mitch, ECLAC estimates 3.8 billion dollars in total material losses, including an estimated 70 percent loss of Honduran crops and transportation infrastructure.
The detrimental effects on the economic progress of Honduras as a result of Hurricane Mitch have been astounding. Currently, 27.9 percent of the population is unemployed with 48 percent living below the national poverty line and more than 20 percent living on less than one dollar a day. According to The United Nations Development Program, Honduras is the poorest country in Central America and the second poorest country in the western hemisphere behind Haiti.
Adelante follows the Grameen Methodology. We lend to solidarity groups. We are unique in Honduras in that we offer free education as part of our program. Our education department has developed over sixty lessons in business, health, and human rights.
Please see our website for more information: www.adelantefoundation.org
Description of Volunteer Position:
This is a unique opportunity for someone who is looking for field experience and who enjoys traveling and bringing to life the untold stories of a marginalized population. It is a chance to work with microfinance, in the field with borrowers. You will be based in La Ceiba on the north coast of Honduras in the department of Atlántida and required to travel to the departments of Yoro, Colon, Cortes, Intibucá, and Choluteca. You will coordinate with the credit officers in each region and attend assemblies where you will see micro credit in action. At this time you will interview clients, visit their businesses and homes and write their stories for the Adelante newsletter and grant/fundraising purposes.
-Have a strong desire to work with the rural poor of Honduras and tell their stories
-Speak Spanish – there is only one English speaker at Adelante; the clients who you will be interviewing and the field staff who you will be coordinating with only speak Spanish
-Be an excellent writer
-Be an independent traveler: You must be comfortable traveling around Honduras alone on buses and staying overnight in hotels. Traveling will be of the “backpack” type; this is not business travel.
-Be able to travel on the back of a motorcycle
Objectives and Outcome:
– Five interviews and client stories for each of the five agencies
-KIVA client profiles with follow-up; you will be the main contact with Kiva.org
-A 1 pg. monthly newsletter story
-Web photos and content
Duration: 6 to 12 months
Compensation: All in-country travel expenses will be covered (relevant to the position), plus a monthly stipend and a cell phone.