Presentation by 2008-2009 KPP Scholarship Winner

Matt Hoge

Over the weekend, Matt Hoge, a KU graduate student in Latin American Studies, gave a comprehensive overview of his experiences, observations and some conclusions about the usage of microfinance in Paraguay to participants in the 2009 Annual meeting of the Kansas Paraguay Partners. Matt was selected for the 2008-2009 KPP Scholarship and worked as an intern with Fundación Paraguaya, studying microfinance as a strategy for economic development in Paraguay.

You can download and view his powerpoint presentation below.

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Experiences with Microfinance in Paraguay by Matt Hoge, KU


Escuela Agricola finalist in BBC World Challenge 2008

Recently, the Escuela Agricola San Francisco in Paraguay was named a finalist for the British Broadcasting Company’s (BBC) World Challenge 2008. The World Challenge ’08 is “is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. World Challenge ’08 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference. Escuela Agricola San Francisco is owned and operated by the Fundación Paraguaya whose Director is Dr. Martin Burt, former Mayor of the City of Asunción, Paraguay.KPP Board Member Dr. Bob Klemm visited the school in 2003 as President of the Kansas-Paraguay Partners of the Americas. Dr. Melissa Birch, Former Chair of the KPP International Trade Committee and Director of the University of Kansas, Center for International Business Education and Research visited it in June of 2008. According to Bob, The Escuela Agricola “… is an outstanding school…students have their own compost piles and garden plot, all fertilizers and insecticides are made on site, they run their own store and every faculty member of the school is REQUIRED to have a garden plot that mirrors the “green” protocol used at the school. Students once graduated get a one-time stipend to establish a farm crop in their own city for their own profit and to provide quality food for the citizens. At the time of my visit, the school was one of only TWO Agricultural Schools worldwide that was completely self-sustaining……”. Dr. Birch commented “I visited the school in June. It is incredible…” she added that “The school makes the BEST dulce de leche ever!!”

Dr. Burt asked us to read all the information and if we approve, he would appreciate a vote for Escuela Agricola for the $20,000.00 award. . In any case, it’s important to read of the recognition of a very high level of excellence in Paraguay. Voting deadline is November 21, 2008.

Learn more about this breakthrough conservation initiative in Paraguay at:

For more information on the Fundación Paraguayan go to: 

For more about Escuela Agricola go to
click on About Us and then go to Background.

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