Micro-finance bank in Côte d’Ivoire

I visited a women-run micro-finance bank in Bouaké and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire that mostly caters to women clientele, though all are welcome.  They aim to make loans more accessible to low-income women, and also have a higher than average repayment rate. In...

Sierra Leone day 2

My second day in Freetown, Sierra Leone, I visited the Kroo Bay slum area again, located along the edge of the ocean, and then towards the end of day I went to another slum area called Dwarzack, which is set in a valley and along the steep slope of a mountain. In...

Election Rally in Côte d’Ivoire

A preelection rally in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) on November 20, 2010, in the town of Divo.  This was between the first round of presidential elections, and the run-off election that was held last weekend.  I was driving on my way back to Abidjan from visiting...

Maize in Ghana

I visited several maize (corn) farmers in the North of Ghana near Tamale.  The harvest was under way, the plants dry in the fields, and the farmers pulling the ears of corn off the stalks and piling them on the ground.  Women and young men collected the maize into...