Follow me, if you will, around this Kafkaesque – and very real – circle of logic:
- In order to work legally for MPI in Ecuador, I need an Ecuadorian visa.
- To get a visa through MPI, MPI must be registered as an Ecuadorian nonprofit.
- For MPI to be registered as an Ecuadorian nonprofit, we have to find five people living in Ecuador who have bank accounts with at least $400 in them to serve as Directors.
- To make sure MPI retains control of its Ecuadorian organization, I have to be named President of those Directors.
- To be named President of said Directors, I have to have an Ecuadorian bank account.
- To get an Ecuadorian bank account, I have to show two forms of identification: a passport anda “censo,” an immigrant ID card.
- In order to get a censo, I need an Ecuadorian visa.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.(Franz Kafka)