Field Notes

Updates from the field

Look Around Yourself and Travel the World

Look Around Yourself and Travel the WorldDecember 6, 2016 — On Coffeelicious last week, Misbah Achraf wrote an article titled "Things you should absolutely uncover in your 20s". The top two advice were: 1. Look around yourself and 2. Travel the World. One of the neatest new words I have learned recently is sonder. It is the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. How humbling is that? How many... Read More

A Day in the Life with Don Pancho

A Day in the Life with Don PanchoDecember 6, 2016 — If you are lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the Volcan Poas crater on the way to Don Pancho’s coffee farm. (Check this website for real time update on visibility) For 16 United Nations University for Peace students and I, we were not lucky enough to enjoy the view. However, the weather in the mountains changes quickly. By the time we arrived at Don Pancho’s farm at 9:30am, it was warm, sunny and clear skies again. Our group consisted of a diverse group of travelers from Japan, Germany, B... Read More

Who are Micro-Entrepreneurs?

Who are Micro-Entrepreneurs?December 6, 2016 — People who visit low income communities are often struck by the sheer number of entrepreneurs. After all, it inspired Muhammed Yunus to start the Grameen Bank and all the support for microfinance. According to MIT economists Banerjee and Duflo only 12% of people are self-employed in OECD countries. In poorer countries roughly 70% of people have someone in their household who is self-employed. They report that the poor are entrepreneurial because they have limited opportunity for formal employmen... Read More