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  1. A different story

    February 25, 2013 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    One advantage of traffic jams is that one has all the time to observe fellow road users and people on street. Friday morning is busy on the streets of Dakar: people commuting to work, vendors on the street –the products literally reach the customer –, and cars everywhere.

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  2. Meeting U-IMCEC and their clients

    February 14, 2013 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    One advantage of traffic jams is that one has all the time to observe fellow road users and people on street. Friday morning is busy on the streets of Dakar: people commuting to work, vendors on the street –the products literally reach the customer –, and cars everywhere. After 30 minutes I arrived at U-IMCEC Dakar Liberté VI agency. Maguete Ngom, the branch manager, explained the strength of U-IMCEC is that they know their customers. U-IMCEC Dakar Liberté VI agency has 4 small branches. Every branch has its own volunteers that hold positions in the local board or the credit committee. There is also one board at the regional level and another one at the national level.

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  3. Travelling is all about learning

    February 13, 2013 - by Aline uit den Boogaart - 0 comments

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    We left the hotel early today for partner visits. It was a hot day, bumpy and sandy roads, we heard many different stories from many different colourful people translated from Wolof into French and now I'm tired and hungry. Still there is one thing that I promised to do: I would accompany our bus driver to a store further down the road to buy some water bottles for tomorrow.

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  4. The house of the future

    February 13, 2013 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    Although I have seen it in the picture, visiting the facilities of the new processing company was a good experience.  In Casamance, Kent and Keitt mangoes will be harvested and processed from April to September. During the rest of the year, other vegetables produced by the women’s association, such as tomatoes, green beans, and cashew notes will be processed in the factory

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  5. Visits in the field

    February 13, 2013 - by Aline uit den Boogaart - 0 comments

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    We had another full day today visiting branches of Saint Louis Finance, a microfinance institution which Oikocredit is a shareholder.

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  6. Greetings from Dakar

    February 12, 2013 - by Aline uit den Boogaart - 0 comments

    The study tour was been split up into three groups today. I’m in the group heading to St. Louis in the north.

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  7. Dal alene al jam

    February 11, 2013 - by Aline uit den Boogaart - 0 comments

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    After lunch we were given a warm welcome, "Dal alene al jam," by Sambou Coly, Oikocredit's Country Manager in Senegal and then we all introduced ourselves.

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  8. Entrepreneurship skills cannot be learned in books

    January 11, 2013 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    After a nice, long lunch it was time to visit I-UMCEC clients.

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  9. Off to Casamance

    February 11, 2012 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    The introductory meeting is the official kick-off of the study tour. After a round of introductions, Mariam, Sambou, and Aïda gave an overview of the region and country regarding the general situation, Oikocredit operations and social performance activities.

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  10. Discovering Dakar

    February 9, 2012 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    With two suitcases with clothes, materials and presents for the partners and a laptop bag I took the train to Schiphol airport. 

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