Stories tagged with Africa

Mar 3, 2012 BJ Benin, DO Dominican Republic, EC Ecuador, LR Liberia, WS Samoa

Chris Paci | KF16 & KF17 | Azerbaijan

The fellows of KF17 have jumped into their Kiva work with both feet, visiting borrowers and meeting their new coworkers at their host field partners. (Photo of a Béninois borrower by Allison Moomey, Benin)

It’s the beginning of March, and by now, most of KF17 has been out in the field for several weeks. We’ve settled in at our field partners, gotten to know some of our new coworkers, and started to dig a...

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Mar 3, 2012 LR Liberia

Ryan Cummings | KF 17 | Liberia

Cynthia and Maroline with their Bangladeshi host

All too often, when people talk about the positive impact of micro-credit, they focus exclusively on borrowers. While they are obviously a significant beneficiary of micro-credit, I have a dirty little secret for you: many other people benefit from micro-credit too.

There is an entirely different group of people who are having their lives changed for the...

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Mar 3, 2012 TG Togo

Michael Slattery | KF 17 | Togo

Early on in my stay in Lomé I presented the Social Performance badge certificate awarded by Kiva to my microfinance institution WAGES.  I made enquiries and had a gilded frame made for the certificate at a local photography shop, and presented it to the Director of Women and Associations for Gains for Economic and Social (WAGES), Monsieur NASSIROU Ramanou.

Here we are at WAGES' headquarters in...

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Feb 2, 2012 BJ Benin

Allison Moomey | KF16 & KF17 | Bénin

Enjoying lunch, conversation, and laughter in Ouagadougou.

One of my favorite aspects of Kiva is the autonomy it gives to partners. While Kiva has strict due diligence standards, the microfinance institution (MFI) partners are the ones who decide what products to offer, what social performance steps to take, and how to execute their plans. This results in a wide range of partners, each with its own unique culture and...

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Feb 2, 2012 CM Cameroon

Compiled by Allison Moomey | KF16 & KF17 | Bénin 

KF17 fellows have made their way out into the field. Some to more tropical locations, such as Michael Slattery who took this picture in Togo, and some to the bitter cold found in Mongolia.

KF17 fellows have now made their way into the field, which means new workplaces, new countries, and new cultures for us all. Even more importantly it means fascinating new blog posts from every corner of the globe for you...

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Feb 2, 2012 SN Senegal

David Suk | KF 17 | Senegal

It’s been a constant refrain in e-mails from family, friends: “Are you okay over there? It sound’s dangerous. Be careful!”

Between protests, candidates find time for political rallies. This one, for the candidate Djibril Ngom, took place right outside my office window!

I arrived here in Senegal February 1st, just five days after the Constitutional Court ruled that Abdulaye Wade, Senegal’s...

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Feb 2, 2012 MZ Mozambique

Micaela Browning | KF17 | Mozambique

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

Ah, the old adage; the bane of the average American adolescent’s existence.  My mother, in particular, constantly sung the  praises of fiscal responsibility and self-discipline. By the age of eleven, I had my own ATM card and bank account (my meager savings consisted of reluctantly deposited babysitting money and crumpled wads of birthday cash).

Though young, I generally understood that the bank would “guard” my money until I wanted to spend it, much like my best...

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Feb 2, 2012 TG Togo

Michael Slattery KF17 |Togo

A constant breeze flows across Lomé, day and night, alleviating the tropical heat.  It is a near constant 30 degrees Celsius at every moment of the day; only around the middle of the day when the sun is highest does the temperature rise. At this moment, people grow languid, traffic abates, eyelids droop, and it is time for the daily nap.

Solving the ills of social inequality requires a thoughtful environment.

Alternately, the beach beckons and seats under the palms fill with all sorts: office...

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Feb 2, 2012 KE Kenya

Nessa E. French | KF 17 | Kenya

“I won the bet!”  I exclaimed on Friday afternoon as I did a victorious ‘raising of the roof’ dance.  The dance is better left to the imagination than any sort of visual.  The bet in question was one that two other colleagues and I made on how long it would take for Strathmore University’s first partial tuition loan to fund once it went live on Kiva’s website.

Of course, we did not bet on anything material — only glory. One of the Strathmore Kiva Coordinators who lost said, “I lost but it’s good, I’m happy to lose...

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Jan 1, 2012 RW Rwanda

By Kiva Fellows in Africa, KF16
Compiled by Tejal Desai, Sierra Leone

Ow de body! Are Sierra Leone and Rwanda still danger zones? What challenges do Ugandans most commonly face? Kiva Fellows from KF16 bring you another unique perspective from the diverse and vast continent of Africa! We patched together an overview of each of our placement countries that includes: basic socioeconomic stats, common stereotypes (and to what extent they are true or false), greatest challenges, most common loan products at our respective field partners, and the borrowers’ most common use of...

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