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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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Lenders and Lineages

Lenders and Lineages

Nepotism as Loyalty

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(p.65) Chapter 5 Lenders and Lineages
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Credit Between Cultures
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Parker Shipton

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300116038.003.0005

This chapter describes how loans in the IADP–SPSCP project were conveyed to the western Kenyan countryside and handed out, and reveals that within its selected districts, the IADP–SPSCP covered some areas much more heavily than others. Cooperative unions and societies, quite varied in their borrowing and marketing records, were all assigned varying quotas of farmers in the annual project work plans. The planners in the Ministries of Agriculture and Co-operative Development set no rules about the distribution of loans at more local levels—that is, within the domain of a particular cooperative society. By all indications, little attention was paid to the matter in Nairobi, or even at district headquarters. The borrower rosters that cooperative societies sent to their parent unions did not even list locations or sublocations.

Keywords:   cooperative unions, borrowing, farmers, loans

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