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CerealsMaliThe members of the BENKADI group are women who average 35 years of age and three children each. They all live in extended traditional families in Santoro I, a district of S...Read their story >
PigsPhilippinesMersalie is 48 years old and married with four children. She is in the agricultural business and fattens pigs in the Philippines. Mersalie requested a 15,000 PHP loan ...Read their story >
Personal Housing ExpensesEl SalvadorRuth is 36 years old and lives in her own home along with her husband and her son who is 15 years old. She is an entrepreneurial woman who teaches literacy to older people,...Read their story >
Used ShoesRwandaPerpetie is 39 years old. She is married with 5 children ages between 14 years and 6 months; 4 of them go to school. She sells shoes and has been running in a business for ...Read their story >
Beauty SalonPakistanUzma is a 36-year-old married woman and the mother of four children. She owns a beauty parlor in partnership with an expert in hair styling and cutting. She is an exper...Read their story >
When you lend to a woman
You can set off an amazing chain reaction. It all starts with a $25 loan to start a business and grow her income:
- Women reinvest 80% of their income in the health and well-being of their children.
- A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more like to live past age 5.
- For girls, every additional year of school increases her future earning potential by 20%.
- Daughters of economically empowered mothers are more likely to follow in their footsteps.
Now that’s a virtuous cycle. It’s easy to do your part.
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