As I promised, my Christmas present to the world is to give a new Kiva loan to someone, somewhere, who needs it. As well as the feel good side of things I do really enjoy looking through the different entrepreneurs who are often from countries I don't know too much about (like last-time loan Tajikistan) and I also tend to go for women trying to improve their small business - probably because I'm a woman!
Anyway, I have (after a lot of browsing) finally made a choice, and have made my second Kiva loan to Mawussi, a woman in Adidogome in the African nation of Togo. She has a small business selling food products and kitchen utensils (quite important stuff) and needed quite a small loan to help increase her turnover. She's almost exactly the same age as me which was just another reason to hit the "Lend now" button!
And in the process I learnt a little about Togo - a country I'd heard about but not much more. It's a skinny thing sandwiched between Benin and Ghana - it was when I discovered it shares a small northern border with Burkina Faso that I was sure I'd found the right country for me this time round! Yep, I have an odd fascination with Burkina Faso, but they don't have any Kiva loans on offer there, so why not go for its neighbours. If you want to know more about Togo I rather like the BBC profiles of various countries. That one also mentioned that Togo exports cocoa - it must be a good place then!
Thanks to Julius for the picture of the jetty in Lome, Togo