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Fellows Blog Posts by nklin

Nov 19, 2008 RW Rwanda

The noon-day heat of equatorial sun beat down on tin roofs and dirt roads. It was quiet, the sounds a little muffled outside the paint shop of Rwandese Kiva client Marie Chantal Mukasafali.

“The business is good here,” she says, “thank goodness our inventory doesn’t spoil.”

Marie Chantal, operator of this small enterprise for well over a decade, has kept her eyes open for...

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Nov 19, 2008 RW Rwanda

Yes, as I am leaving. Julie Ross, the next Kiva Fellow to be placed in Rwanda, will take over with better and I’m sure more consistent postings here. But in the meantime, a quick note on some of the staff here at VFC, whom you will soon meet in more detail:

The Managing Director, Shem, is a genial and humorous man from Uganda. He is a new director here, having done previous work in other accounting and finance positions, including the largest microfinance institution...

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Aug 21, 2008 RW Rwanda

Mornings, always one rooster does not know the time of day.  As is customary in the neighborhood, most chickens start calling between five and six – but renegade number one is early.  4:30, last time I checked.

 

To be sure, were it not for the roosters I am guaranteed to wake soon after.  Shortly after six the children start to make pattering noises outside my door, as they run out to wash and brush and use the outhouse, and to heat the water kettle for the plastic...

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