Features by Gretchen Wilson

Character-based loans grow in Kenya

Microlending is having a major impact in Kenya, sparking as many as 40,000 small businesses as its poorest residents take advantage of the new opportunity. And with reputations on the line, the payback rate is outstanding, Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada

Culture shock for new refugees

Tens of thousands of Somalians have fled their warring nation for the safety of Kenyan refugee camps, but the influx has strained resources at the camps and they're finding that life isn't easy there either. Gretchen Wilson brings us their story.
Posted In: Canada

To do business in Sudan?

Most Western companies have pulled out of Sudan to honor a U.S. trade embargo aimed at resolving the situation in Darfur, but not all. And profits are growing for those who've risked public backlash and remained, reports Gretchen Wilson.
Posted In: Canada

Despite conflict, Sudan attracts investors

With more than 200,000 people slaughtered and 2.5 million displaced in Darfur, Sudan has been subject to U.S. economic sanctions. Still, there's no shortage of investors in its economy. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada

An economy grows among Somali refugees

Just inside Kenya's border with Somalia, some 170,000 Somalis live in refugee camps, waiting for peace in their homeland. In the camps, people balance dependence on aid with grassroots economic development. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

Kenya's farmers connect to better prices

Africa's small farmers often fall victim to local traders who dictate prices below market rates. But in rural Kenya farmers now have technology in hand that cuts out the middleman. Gretchen Wilson reports.

Somalia turmoil spills into South Africa

Somali refugees who have fled the violence in their country have setled in South Afrca. They've set up shops in townships, competing with local business. And that's spurred new violence. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada

Working for a living . . . and the dying

So many people are dying of HIV/AIDS in South Africa that funerals are a constant. Hundreds every weekend. For South African women, preparations have turned into a second full-time job. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada

Actions and motivations in Darfur debate

The United States contends the African Union is too weak to halt atrocities in Darfur and the U.N. should step in. But some wonder whether the U.S. isn't more concerned about its business interests there. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

Climate change talks kick off in Kenya

Delegates from around the world are meeting in Nairobi. Climate change advocates will be watching the U.S. closely for any sign of an olive branch. They say people's livelihoods are at stake, especially in the developing world. Gretchen Wilson reports.


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