Stories tagged with Togo

Nov 11, 2008 TG Togo

This is my first post from the field, and, unfortunately, I’m not writing to share an inspiring microfinance success story or even a heartwarming cross-cultural anecdote, as I was hoping I would be.  I am writing to tell about a conversation that threw an uncomfortably bright spotlight directly on the basis of my being here in Africa, and the basis of Kiva’s mission itself.
I am stationed in Togo, a tiny West African country that ranks the 13th poorest in the world, with a GDP per capita in 2007 of $167.  I am living with a Togolese family, and there is a 26-year old guy...

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Sep 9, 2008 TG Togo

From the first time I happened across the Kiva Fellows website, I knew I had to apply.  Here was an opportunity to witness first-hand the successes and challenges of microfinance (the most promising poverty alleviation strategy I’ve come across), become fluent in French, and be a part of the cross-cultural, astonishingly successful microlending revolution that is Kiva!!  I generally tend to be somewhat pessimistic – my personal motto is “Expect the worst, and you’ll never be disappointed.”  This time, however...

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