My Family and I

Hi! I’m Justine. My family and I currently live on mission in Malawi, Africa at Namikango Mission.

My husband Ryan and I met in 2010 while working in Nairobi, Kenya, and have called Africa our home ever since. Our three girls are our greatest joys. I’m a student doula and rhyme addict. I also enjoy writing reflections on what we are learning, drinking coffee, exploring nature, and modeling what we teach our children – to always be a learner.

This space was originally our shared space to write, but is becoming my platform as I share my writing with the larger world.

You can partner with our family at our CMF website page.

2 thoughts on “My Family and I

  1. Hi R&J,

    Cheers for the nice review. Will post it on the website. I suspect we agree on quite a few things! Above all, I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and didn’t jump to the common that I detest all MF. It can work, it does work in some places, but there are some pretty serious problems with it! Some of the interest rates in Kenya are pretty eye-watering in fact, but that’s only one aspect of it. Are the poor getting any better off? Would the world be a better place if we had pumped $70 billion into vaccines and mosquito nets instead? Is it okay that a few people are making vast profits from the sector? These are the questions the sector prefers to brush under the carpet, and I believe need to be asked. And answered. But for all the people who are furious with me for publishing the book, I’ve made a lot of new friends, often in surprising places, and people are taking action. If that is positively – to strive towards good MF, or negatively – to stop certain activities for fear of being caught, I don’t care. One less poor person being exploited is a step in the right direction.

    Anyway, do get in touch if you want, or if you have any questions, and thanks for sticking your necks out and writing a nice review – welcome to the real MF revolution! Regards from Peru, Hugh

    1. Hugh – Thanks for the generous response to the blog post and for the other thoughts shared. You’re right – interest rates are typically pretty rough in Kenya as well as there being little to no transparency at all.
      You mentioned getting in touch – Is there any way to contact you via email or something? It would benefit me greatly to hear your advice on a couple of issues relating to how organizations can work towards transparency in such routinely high interest countries like Kenya.

      I continue to recommend your book to as many as I can – as i’m convinced yours and David Roodman’s are the two most important mf books out right now.

      Much appreciation,

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