Many people including women leaders and social workers are excited about women empowerment in development and under developed country. It is true that in those countries, there have been created many opportunities to empowered women and now women especially poor women of those countries are empowered themselves than…Continue
The 2011 SEEP Annual Conference now has three confirmed plenary discussions, described below. We hope you will join the conversation!
Is there a killer app for savings?
We know the poor save. We know that mobile technology holds great promise for reducing costs and extending outreach to remote areas. However, we have yet to determine whether recent…Continue
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Making the Most of Limited Capital
By Lewis Mwanangombe
LUSAKA, May 18, 2011 (IPS) - Proponents of microfinance often portray it as the empowering extension of credit to vulnerable but diligently self-employed poor people - often women - who support each other to improve their…Continue
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One of SEEP's network members, the Pakistan Microfinance Network, has won Hanson Wade's Second Annual Global Microfinance Recognition Award! We would like to congratulate the network for this well deserved award. For more information, please see the article below or click on this link.
It seems to me that the academic literature on microfinance/credit and any other variations of the word is black and white. Microcredit is either good or bad, beneficial or harmful. Either side of the ring has countless researchers, organizations and development practitioners in its corner. Who’s weighing in on the fight? Most notably, the Grameen Bank and Muhammad Yunus. At the brink of its potential collapse, at least in India, it’s interesting to examine the multifaceted arguments behind…Continue
Added by Molly Winston on February 9, 2011 at 11:11am — No Comments
Among other benefits, self-help groups help the cause of women empowerment, as other microfinance tools do. The fact that most self-help groups are composed of women, in itself, is important because it shows women in developing countries are taking financial matters into their own hands and are attempting to improve their livelihoods via increased access to financial services.
There have also been instances where self-help groups have risen to the occasion and mediated disputes within…Continue
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Most of the microfinance practiced around the world involves providing working capital loans that are crucial for developing and expanding small businesses and pulling the entrepreneurial poor up the income ladder.
While business development is important, a decent place to live becomes
paramount for any household to stay healthy, educate children and, in some
cases, to safely store inventory or run businesses too. Microfinance principles
can be extended…
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