Africans & Money

Africans & Money Matters 11 »

Like Americans, Africans tend to dine out often. This may come as a surprise as one of the common themes when a person or family is trying to cut back on spending is to eat out less, so one would expect that this would be unheard of for an African with less discretionary income. Nevertheless, […]
Posted by: Christopher on April 14, 2014 @ 11:20 pm
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Africans & Money Matters 6 – 10 »

If you haven’t figured it out by now, these five observations make it abundantly clear that Africans, in contrast to the typical Western viewpoint, place a high value on interdependence rather than independence in financial matters. Observation 6: The fact that most people are overextended financially produces profound effects on society. Maranz rightly realizes that […]
Posted by: Christopher on March 22, 2014 @ 3:43 am
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Africans & Money Matters — 5 »

Observation 5: Africans are very sensitive and alert to the needs of others and are quite ready to share their resources. If the last few observations have been difficult for our Western stomachs, today’s will come as a big relief. At the mission, we often are the objects of begging from individuals in the community. […]
Posted by: Christopher on March 10, 2014 @ 4:56 pm
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Africans & Money Matters — 2-4 »

 Observations two through four can be properly understood under the heading surplus equals selfishness. This is one of the elements of Karimojong society that quickly becomes clear both in our dealings with our neighbors and their dealings with one another. Observation 2: Resources are to be used, not hoarded. Observation 3: Money is to be […]
Posted by: Christopher on February 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
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Africans & Money Matters — 1 »

If you’re keeping up with our reading in On Being a Missionary, you know that one of the most fascinating and frustrating aspects of living in Uganda is the different way that Ugandans view practices relating to money. From bargaining in the market to accepting a payment, to budgeting, our friends and neighbors don’t subscribe […]
Posted by: Christopher on February 20, 2014 @ 4:35 pm
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