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Jul 20, 2011 ZA South Africa

By Daniel Jung, KF15, South Africa

Oh, the excitement I felt once I confirmed my Kiva Fellowship for South Africa, one of the world’s great travel destinations. I immediately imagined myself in one of South Africa’s tourist attractions: in Cape Town, under the shadow of Table Mountain; in Johannesburg, South Africa’s hub of business and culture; or maybe even South African wine country! Mmm, not exactly. I am most definitely, positively not near one of South Africa’s main travel destinations. Instead, I am in Richards Bay. Here’s a description of Richards...

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Jul 4, 2011 ZA South Africa

by Daniel Jung, KF15, South Africa

One of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, South Africa has 11 official languages recognized in its constitution and many more ethnic dialects not officially recognized but commonly spoken. Zulu, Xhosa, and Afrikaans (Boer) are the three most widely spoken languages, collectively the native tongues for over half  of South Africa. Even though English is the most commonly used language throughout South Africa, particularly within the media and government, only about 8 percent of South Africans speak English as a first...

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Jun 27, 2011 ZA South Africa

by Daniel Jung, KF15, South Africa

Kiva’s partner in South Africa, Women’s Development Businesses (WDB), serves rural women throughout the southern portion of Kwazulu-Natal. In this region, Zulus make up the strong majority of the population, particularly in rural areas outside of Durban and Richards Bay. One of the most popular methods for WDB’s clients to earn income is by using the loans to buy materials to make mats, clothes, and jewelry for traditional Zulu weddings.

Weddings...
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