When Chan’s son suddenly became ill, she knew she needed to take him to the hospital. But the hospital was far away and she did not know how much she would have to pay to get her son the medical care he needed.
Uy Phom is an energetic young mother from Koh Kong in Cambodia who is helping ensure that her savings group is about more than just money. Under her leadership, women who come together to add to their savings each week are linking healthy finances with healthy children.
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?"
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.
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
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
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.
Yvette Lapaix and her neighbors in Port-au-Prince’s Carrefour district have built a great deal since the earthquake five years ago. What she’s most proud of isn’t bricks and mortar. It’s unity.