Bringing Financial Services to Africa's Poor

“Bringing Financial Services to Africa’s Poor” focuses on microfinance, a tool that’s been proven effective against poverty in the developing world. Nearly four decades of global microfi nance experience have shown that when poor people have access to fi nancial services – secure savings, credit, insurance and other products – they can change their lives and build stronger, more prosperous communities. They invest wisely, not only in income-generating activities, but also in the welfare of their families. And these are not isolated stories of success; the trend is evident whenever the impact of microfi nance is assessed. Increased household income for women translates directly into increased levels of health and education for the entire family.