Economic Development

6/30/15

Niger: A Patient Community

 

Seated in a circle around a savings box on a sand floor in the village of Hamdallaye in Niger, 24 women have found their way out of poverty – together.  

"Can number seven please approach?"

6/10/15

How Savings and Loan Can Save a Life and a Marriage

In Malawi last week, I met Simeon*, an HIV positive man who told me the story of how VSLAs gave him hope and confidence, and stopped the violence in his household. Nothing I can possibly write will capture the power of his own words.

6/10/15

What Made Men in Malawi Step Up Their Game

Kalimba Chiwaka is a village agent in Malawi, who works with Village Savings and Loan Associations to train them in savings, business skills, and women’s empowerment. He is involved with the LIFT II project, which focuses on getting the most vulnerable people—especially those with HIV—access to s

6/10/15

Maybe We Can Teach You...

Georgena*, an HIV positive woman in a Malawian health clinic asked me, “What do you do to help poor people in your country? Do you have village savings and loan associations there?” When I answered, no the VSLA is a model that we don’t really use at home she said, “Well, we know how to do it. We

4/8/15

Pathways to Empowerment Increases Food Security For 50,000 Women Farmers

With the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE’s Pathways Program is based on the conviction that women farmers possess enormous potential to

3/10/15

Ebola Outbreak: Spreading Economic Opportunities Amidst Crisis

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and Liberia did not just infect and kill thousands of people. It brought these West Africa countries to a standstill. Entire communities were quarantined. Borders were sealed off. Markets closed. People were confined to their homes.

2/5/15

New book documents CARE’s transformative work linking poor dairy farmers with markets in Bangladesh

Through their “Making Markets More Inclusive: Lessons from CARE and the Future of Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chain Development,” co-authors Kevin McKague and Muhammad Siddiquee probe how poor people, especially women, add value at every step in the process of bringing dairy products

2/5/15

CARE’s dairy value chain: Making markets work for smallholder farmers in Bangladesh

Many of us dream of a world free from poverty, but how can this be realistically achieved, especially for smallholder farmers who make up the majority of the world’s poor?

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