Our General Manager in Honduras, Orbelina Valeriano, and her husband just spent Thanksgiving 2011 at my home in the San Francisco Bay Area. What a fun and loving couple. A pleasure to host them.
Orbelina said that over the last few months she had heard from 3 former interns that they were able to find good positions in the international development field. Two came via Kiva and spent several months working in our Honduras office. A third intern from the University of Maryland just spent the summer with us. Hopefully our internships, now added to their resumes, were of big help to them. We really teach them how to interview loan applicants, underwrite loans, and collections - all valuable skills. They get to work with actual clients in the field.
We also recognize that we have 25 full time employees. We pay them decent industry wages and comply with all government mandated benefits. In addition, we provide enhanced medical insurance for all our employees. They seem to be be a very happy group as our competitors continually try to entice them with juicy job offers. That they chose to stay with us is testimony and complement to Orbelina's great personnel management administration.
We're really looking forward to 2012 when we have some truly exciting news to announce with enhanced products and services for our clients and employees.