Microfinance

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March 18 media event in Accra will share vision of this innovative financial inclusion program, which is bringing full-service mobile banking to remote communities in West Africa

ACCRA, Ghana (March 18, 2014) — The international poverty fighting organization CARE, with a grant from Visa Inc, has launched a program in Ghana with mobile communications company MTN and Fidelity Bank that is offering community savings groups in remote areas access to full-service banking using mobile phones.

When Ediliya heard about a network of women established to empower them to stand up and challenge certain practices that hinder their progress in life, she joined it.

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Four years after a deadly earthquake devastated Haiti, a web of political gridlock, donor fatigue and chaotic property laws continues to stall rebuilding in one of the world's poorest countries. But the humanitarian organization CARE is working to remove another, oft-overlooked barrier — lack of participation by women — as a way to strengthen recovery efforts and build a better foundation for the future. 

A new program to employ local women as banking agents aims to boost savings and financial inclusiveness.

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In October 2013, we caught up with Maria Landa of Peru to see how she and her welding business were doing.

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Solar lamps are a simple, fundamental intervention that can improve the lives of the rural poor in Rwanda.

Having no electricity, families traditionally rely on kerosene or battery power to light their homes at night.

These energy sources are not only expensive – even unaffordable to families living on less than $2.50 a day – but also present environmental, health and safety concerns.

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