Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Credit Between CulturesFarmers, Financiers, and Misunderstanding in Africa$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Parker Shipton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116038

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116038.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 21 October 2020

Context for Credit

Context for Credit

A Setting at the Source of the Nile

Chapter:
(p.19) Chapter 2 Context for Credit
Source:
Credit Between Cultures
Author(s):

Parker Shipton

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300116038.003.0002

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

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.