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All Quiet on the African Front

2007-07-04 03:34:20.598975+00 by petronius 2 comments

Politics in Nigeria is finally returning to a level of quiet for the first time in a while, and we can prove it. How? The Price of Machetes has dropped on the open market. Apparently the thugs on both sides won't need them until the next primary season

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-04 05:58:13.883745+00 by: Diane Reese [edit history]

Well, that's good to hear! I just made loans today to Mercy Chukuma's fish-smoking business and Nkohi Okoye's little restaurant, both in Asaba, Nigeria, and Ogieva Eunice's wrapper store in Benin City, Nigeria, through Kiva.org and a local microlender. I'm really hoping for quiet for all of them (and the other half-dozen Nigerian clients whose loans were funded through Kiva.org today), they deserve to get on with their lives. Plus it would be nice to get my money back next year, of course.

(Insert here obligatory enthusastic comments about microlending in general and Kiva.org's enablement in specific.)

#Comment Re: made: 2007-07-04 18:55:26.498729+00 by: ebradway

Diane! Thanks for linking to Kiva. I now know what I'm giving everyone for Christmas this year! What a great geographic educational tool!

Microlending is a hot topic in Geography and Economics. Kiva makes it into something everyone can participate in. Maybe, when I sell the next batch of junk on eBay, I'll just use the PayPal funds to help someone on the other side of the planet1