A piece of advice for Westerners wanting to do micro-lending in Africa

“Among the poor here, as long as a loan is seen as coming from the west, or is seen to have the backing from a western organization, it will be considered ‘relief.’; you will never see that money again.”

– Carol Makanda, Africa Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), Kenya

This was in the context of a conversation about how one of ALARM’s microfinance projects had been transforming the lives of women in the Nairobi area.

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