Monthly Archives: August 2013

Third World People Have First World Problems Too

For this blog, I’d like to think I do better than identifying things that are wrong and pointing out that they are wrong. However, in this case, I can’t resist. On Facebook, I recently saw this YouTube video posted: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3HrkQaPHAA It’s … Continue reading

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The Art of the Survey

I spent most of my most recent time on my project reviewing data, managing finances, and doing other day-to-day project tasks, from learning what the average profit on goats sales is to preparing a list of households to be surveyed … Continue reading

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Trick-Or-Birr

The Tigray Region of Ethiopia has its own version of trick-or-treating. Or for all I know, the US has its own version of Tigray’s celebration to honor St. Mary. Once a year, for three days, women and girls in Tigray … Continue reading

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Put it in Your Piggy/Goat Bank

When those of us in the United States talk about illiquid savings, we tend to still be talking about some sort of financial instrument, held at a formal financial institution. For instance, we might have a CD or a bond … Continue reading

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-See you at 8 -So at 2? -Yes, at 8

Kenya and Ethiopia are both near the equator. In fact, the equator passes through Kenya. Accordingly, both get 12 hours of sunlight a day, basically year-round. Nothing too crazy in that information. In the US, our “day” according to clocks … Continue reading

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Where are the Africans?

A common mischaracterization among the uninformed is to refer to Africa as a country. An Africa expert might retort that in fact it is not a country; there are 54 countries on the continent. However, depending on the “African” you … Continue reading

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My Graveyard Shift as a Cleaner

It’s perhaps not uncommon for young people (or “youths” as they would be called in Kenya or Ethiopia) to work graveyard shifts. Perhaps they might man the drive-thru or 7-11, or work as a security guard. During my time in … Continue reading

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