Fellows Blog Posts by Nilaus

Jul 20, 2010 SL Sierra Leone

Surfing the tattered pages of this blog, one is able to read about MFIs operating in saturated markets.

Sierra Leone as a whole is decidedly not such a market, but I sometimes suspect that certain segments have reached a point where you get a rapidly decreasing measure of development for your microfinance Leone. A quick survey of the Kiva portfolio of ARD and LAPO, SL reveals that a majority of clients operate businesses in the retail sector and many of these deal in the same products – Maggi cubes, plastic ware, soap, palmoil, smoked fish ect. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong...

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Jun 23, 2010

By Nilaus Hansen, KF11, Mali

5. Travel does wonders for you

Just basically true, as remarked upon by H. C. Andersen, Jack Kerouac, and countless others.

What more could you ever want?

4. See the world

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Mar 18, 2010 SL Sierra Leone

Through Kiva, lenders are able to reach out to the far corners of the planet and in a very tangible way affect a change. With teleportation technology or a truly global financial system still being a way off, it’s not like your $25 instantaneously appears in your chosen borrower’s hand. There are MFIs who act as facilitators, this fact has given birth to a multitude of discussions concerning distinctions and degrees of P2P, these however will not be the subject of this blog entry. For my purposes it is sufficient that a connection is made – and one is, whichever way you...

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Mar 1, 2010 SL Sierra Leone

So Freetown is not much of a town and for a capital city it is pretty dismal. It’s not a bad place though – friendly and if you take care not to step in front of a car, you can walk the streets safely at any time of day. The latter being a lot more than can be said for some of the more prosperous cities on the continent, think Nairobi, Johannesburg etc.

The Cotton tree in downtown Freetown, this majestic tree has seen quite a bit in its life. Once a venue for slave...

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