Friday Photo: Local Borrowers

Each Friday I’ll serve up a photo and give you the story behind it. This week, a collage of a few of the borrowers I’ve been working with recently.

One nice side effect of my mapping project is that it gives me a good excuse to take a profile photo of each borrower. Burkinabé generally don’t smile in photos, but I’ve done a little encouraging in a few of the shots you see here. And just like Americans, many primp just before the shot and/or ask to take a second photo after checking it out on the camera’s screen. What will be really fun is to make a version like this after visiting all 1,300+ borrowers from all over the country.

Starting from the top and from left-to-right, these borrowers do the following activities: laundry/pressing,  tailoring, peanut oil production, cell phone sales, tailoring, and cutting hair.


2 Responses to “Friday Photo: Local Borrowers”

  1. August 26, 2011 at 15:20

    Scott — these are wonderful portraits! My favorite is the image on the bottom left. Really well done!

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