By Holly Sarkissian, KF 19, Togo
During my first week working with WAGES, one of Kiva’s partner organizations in Lome, Togo, I was surprised by how the organization’s head office has the same modern conveniences and equipment as my previous office United States: air-conditioning, computers with internet access, printers, scanners, and copiers. When I glance over at my colleagues’ computer monitors they are hard at work (with the exception of the occasional facebook update.)
However, this is only the case at the head office. Internet access is not available at ten other branches WAGES has in Togo. Sending information between offices is a complicated process and WAGES’ Kiva Coordinator Carine Hoffer relies heavily on the organization’s loan officers for the most current information on Kiva borrowers.