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Cashew Processing, Côte d’Ivoire

I visited a cashew processing factory in November 2010 in NE Côte d’Ivoire. I was somewhat shocked by the lengthy and complicated process involved in preparing a cashew to be eaten – I will never again toss one after another into my mouth, without a profound respect for the all the labor that went into it’s production. Check out my video to see the process for yourself. Filming, photography and production by Nile Sprague.

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Giving Hope Credit – Response magazine, March 2011

Giving Hope Credit - Response magazine, March 2011

Giving Hope Credit – Response magazine, March 2011 (PDF, 684 KB)
The Clef Serepta bank in Côte d’Ivoire provides micro-financing and credit to enable women to start their own businesses, thus giving them a source of income, empowering them, and helping them raise quality of life for their families.
Story and photography by Nile Sprague – read more »

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Micro-finance bank in Côte d’Ivoire

I visited a women-run micro-finance bank in Bouaké and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire that mostly caters to women clientele, though all are welcome.  They aim to make loans more accessible to low-income women, and also have a higher than average repayment rate.

In addition, I interviewed several women clients of the bank who had taken loans from the bank to expand their businesses.

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Election Rally in Côte d’Ivoire

A preelection rally in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) on November 20, 2010, in the town of Divo.  This was between the first round of presidential elections, and the run-off election that was held last weekend.  I was driving on my way back to Abidjan from visiting a cocoa farm and passed this parade of supporters.

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Cashew in Côte d’Ivoire

I was driven 700KM, which took about 8 hours, to visit this cashew processing plant in Touba in North Eastern Côte d’Ivoire, very near the border with Guinea.  The factory was great – clean, well run, good equipment.  I love cashews, and it was interesting to see how much work is involved in producing one cashew nut: cooking, shelling, skinning, sorting and grading, removing imperfections, and finally shrink wrapping for storage and transport.

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Cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire

We drove down a funky dirt road, over a rickety wooden bridge (just a few planks stacked together, no nails or railing), and eventually came to a small cluster of houses surrounded by cocoa trees.  In Divo, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

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