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Credit Between CulturesFarmers, Financiers, and Misunderstanding in Africa$
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Parker Shipton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116038

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116038.001.0001

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A Setting at the Source of the Nile

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Credit Between Cultures

Parker Shipton

Yale University Press

This chapter introduces the central context of the study—the setting in equatorial Africa, and the Luo-speaking and other people who live in it. Luo people gain their main livelihood from cultivation and herding, at least in most places they live and in most of their lives. Some Kenyan programs dating from before the country's independence in 1963 are noted to show how colonial methods of finance, and of governance carried out partly through it, carried over into the independent period. The chapter reveals that contemporary financial aid programs in western Kenya are deeply rooted in colonial and early postcolonial history. Several features of the early institutional attempts at farm credit carry through independence in 1963 and right into recent times. The chapter discusses the imbalance between credit and savings that worsened after independence as bigger loan projects came onto the scene.

Keywords:   Luo people, cultivation, herding, finance, financial aid programs

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