Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kiva Country Profile: Togo

Togo is currently ranked 10th in number of Kiva loans administered.

Kiva has been lending in Togo since 2006 and the Kiva community has lent over $4.9 million dollars supporting 6,090 loans to entrepreneurs in this country. Our active Field Partners in Togo are Women and Associations for Gain both Economic and Social (WAGES) and FECECAV.

Map of Togo

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Togo is a small country in Western Africa located between Benin and Ghana and is home to over 6 million people. French is the official language of Togo, but Éwé and Mina languages are also spoken here.

Capital of Togo, Lomé

Traditional Togolese Foods:

Fufu: made from yam. The yam is first boiled and mashed into a dough. Dips and sauces are added to the dish.

Pates: made from maize floor and eaten with different sauces.

Riz Sauce Arachide: A peanut sauce that is cooked and eaten with rice.

Pate Dish

Famous Togolese Proverbs:

"Absence polishes passion, presence reinforces it."

"If you hurt the reputation of another, you damage your own."

"The heart rules without rules."

Click here to learn more about Togolese music.

A reminder to check out Kiva Fellows Blog to read first hand stories of Fellow's experiences in Togo.

To learn more about Kiva entrepreneur's in Togo, click here.