Alchemy Project: Johannesburg, South Africa Summer 2004 Report
Lukoma, Josephine F.
- This report is a compilation of research on the micro credit environment and micro credit services available to urban refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa; field research was conducted between June and August 2004. I conducted this research as an Alchemy Project intern based in the Johannesburg offices of the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) which is an implementing partner of the United Nations Hi... read moregh Commissioner for Refugees. The Alchemy Project based at the Alan Shawn Feinstein International Famine Centre at Tufts University, situated in Medford, MA, USA, focuses its research on ways of enabling refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to re-establish their livelihoods in African host countries and communities. The Alchemy Project provides capital for loans to local partners who are providing micro credit services to IDPs and refugees. In exchange the local partners participate in the research process of the project through data collection activities and the feedback they give to Alchemy staff on their programs. The research presented here was conducted among urban refugees, refugee service providers and local microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Johannesburg. All data collected is accessible at the Alchemy Project offices.read less