Muhammad Yunus

I was not trained to understand self-help. I was trained, like all students of economics, to believe that all people, as they grow, should prepare themselves to get jobs at the job market. If you fail to get a job, you register yourself for government charity. But I could not hold on to these beliefs …

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About Microcredit

Microcredit is programs extending small loans, and other financial services such as savings, to very poor people for self-employment projects that generate income, allowing them to care for themselves and their families. La Maman Mole Motuke lived in a wrecked car in a suburb of Kinshasa, Zaire with her four children. If she could find …

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Alliance of Health and Microfinance

The Health and Microfinance  Alliance, established by the Microcredit Summit Campaign and Freedom from Hunger, provides access to an international team of microfinance, health, and development practitioners, researchers and policy makers working with microfinance organizations around the world to implement and test innovative approaches to address poverty. Independently and collaboratively, the two organizations are working …

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Press must register at regular registration, then check in at Press Room #2, second floor, Mezzanine.    Table of Contents:    See How Microcredit is Changing Africa  (For PDF version, click here).       What About the Other Africa?  (For PDF version, click here).       Microcredit Helps Ease the Burden of AIDS in Africa  (For PDF version, click here).       African Microenterprise AIDS Initiative  (For PDF version, click here).       Building …


Noeleen Heyzer

Today we celebrate the fact that, in the hands of women, microfinance has become a powerful tool helping women transform their lives and the lives of their families and their communities. Microfinance is about much more than access to credit. It is about women gaining control over their lives. It is about women achieving economic …

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