Stories tagged with Ghana

Aug 8, 2018 GH Ghana
inside a tro-tro

I left the Advans Ghana's (Kiva's Field Partner) office, with Kofi, the Advans Loan Officer, to meet the nearest potential Kiva borrower, Elizabeth.
For the first leg of our journey, we had to take three different tro-tros, minibus share taxis, and we eventually ended up at a busy intersection with market stalls all around. Now the exciting and unexpected part of the trip began – getting on a motorcycle for the last 6 kilometers to Elizabeth's village.

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Jan 1, 2018 GH Ghana

In a recent report from the Oxford Business School, it was estimated that 66% of Ghana’s rice consumption was supported by imports. This figure might sound almost absurd when one considers the availability and fertility of soil suitable for rice crops or the dedication to hard work of Ghanaian farmers.

Part of the endeavour to restore better levels of local rice production - the government-driven irrigation project in the Volta region (East Ghana) - started around 4 years ago on an area extending over more than 5,000 hectares. With a willingness to provide land to a...

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Sep 9, 2017 GH Ghana

Meeting with Kiva borrowers is a privilege that I have had the opportunity to enjoy multiple times since I have landed in Africa. Oftentimes, their stories, professional or personal, have made me forget the initial reason for my visit. Every single story has something special, and you never know what to expect until you arrive at their home, sit on a wobbly seat and start listening. Whether they are touching, inspiring, heartbreaking or promising, stories always move me deeply.
 
My name is Victor, a Kiva fellow based in Cape Coast, Ghana, and I wish to introduce you...

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Mar 3, 2016 GH Ghana
For those of you who have never had Ghanian cuisine (and I'm sure there are many of you) there are three main things you should know about Ghanian cuisine:
  • It is mostly starch (rice/plantain/cassava/maize/yam etc)
  • The portions are large enough to feed a small army
  • I don’t love it
  • The main component of Ghanaian dishes is the starch, and there are not many vegetables.  Starch usually makes up more than 70% of the meal and often is the name of the dish, even though there are other components.  The starch is either made of rice,... Continue Reading >>
    Feb 2, 2016 GH Ghana
    Last week I met the ladies of Sorlimor Group in Chorkor, an overpopulated fishing area in Greater Accra.  After numerous tro tros (three in two hours!) the loan officer and I finally arrived at the meeting spot (for more information on tro tros; what they are and what it is like riding them, see Kadri’s blog entry here).

    At the moment, I am working with ID Ghana (a Microfinance institution that partners with Kiva) who mainly disburse group loans in Accra.  Issuing a loan in a group...
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    Jun 6, 2014 GH Ghana
    When it comes to soccer, few countries can compare with the intensity and enthusiasm Ghanaians show for the sport.  When Ghana’s national team (the Black Stars) plays, everyone and I mean everyone is following the match and a contagious optimism permeates the air - no matter who the team is playing.   

    As one of Africa’s best known teams there is tremendous support all around the world for the Black Stars.  Ghanaians know the special place the Black Stars hold in world soccer and take a special pride in all things Black Star related.  And, as the World... Continue Reading >>
    May 5, 2014 GH Ghana
    Old vans clog the streets of every city and village in Ghana.  So old their makes and models are incomprehensible to the untrained eye.  They come in swarming bunches on the street, packed to the brim, arms and heads hanging out of every open window available.  Hogging the lane, spewing toxic smoke from the back, sides, and even the front – they own every city they operate in.  When they swerve to get in your lane, you give it to them, because they never give way.  They are called the Tro Tro and obey no traffic laws accept the universal road rage law –... Continue Reading >>
    Dec 12, 2012 BJ Benin, GH Ghana, NG Nigeria, TG Togo

    By Holly Sarkissian, KF 19,  Benin & Togo

    In Benin, New Year’s Eve is a BIG HOLIDAY. I recently spoke with two Kiva borrowers about their plans to celebrate. Meet Flaure:

    Flaure is currently saving money to celebrate the New Year. She plans to buy pagne (or colorful fabric) to make a new outfit for each member of the family. She will also celebrate by cooking a special meal and dancing with her friends and family.

    Meet Romance of the Dieu Est Grand Group (God is Big Group):

    Romance is looking forward to celebrating...

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