“Bringing Financial Services to Africa’s Poor” focuses on microfinance, a tool that’s been proven effective against poverty in the developing world.
CARE has operated in South Africa since 1993 and Lesotho since 1968; the two offices merged in 2001. Despite the range of differences between these two countries, South Africa and Lesotho share many of the same causes and manifestations of poverty and inequality. In both contexts, high rates of HIV/AIDS and a lack of access to basic health care and education perpetuate cycles of underdevelopment. Youth and women disproportionately share the burden of disease, and lack food, education and livelihoods.
CARE works with communities and local organizations within South Africa and Lesotho to implement programs in the areas of health care and HIV/Aids, economic empowerment, democratic governance and food security.
We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognized.
CARE’s HIV & AIDS programming and policy advocacy has highlighted the centrality of women’s empowerment.
We know that empowering women is fundamental to ending poverty and protecting human rights and dignity. But as program implementers and advocates, we want to better understand how increasing women’s empowerment influences women’s vulnerabilities to HIV so that we can strengthen this work and scale it up. With this in mind, CARE set out on a global journey to explore this relationship between women’s empowerment and vulnerability to HIV through a multi-country, comparative research study in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
CARE recognizes the need for analysis into ways in which our HIV prevention programs affect women’s vulnerability to HIV.
CARE responds to dozens of disasters each year, reaching approximately 12 million people through our emergency programs.