Like women's emancipation and affirmative action, microfinance was never meant to last forever, but to provide a stepping-stone to inclusion.
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John the General, Kenya's former king of thugs, may just play in the next World Cup.
I now see that the spiritual dimension of microfinance, the redemptive dimension of microfinance as central to my vision for the field. The technical side is important, but only if it serves the transformational dimension.
My experience with the book club in Kibera was a similar reminder of how fundamentally alike we all are in seeking the dignity and opportunity to shape our own lives.
I came to Mathare Valley to see if I could better understand the trajectory of people moving from this desperate slum to Jamii Bora's development of $4,000 houses in Kaputei.
Creating a housing development an hour or two drive from Nairobi for and with 2,000 slum dweller families seemed like an impossible dream.
We are in Kibera, where one year ago a group of young men looted the Toi Market, killing a number of people and in burning down the market entirely, destroyed the livelihood of thousands of people.
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