“Bringing Financial Services to Africa’s Poor” focuses on microfi nance, a tool that’s been proven effective against poverty in the developing world. Nearly four decades of global microfi nance experience have shown that when poor people have access to fi nancial services – secure savings, credit, insurance and other products – they can change their lives and build stronger, more prosperous communities. They invest wisely, not only in income-generating activities, but also in the welfare of their families.
Food Crisis in the Sahel Region of West Africa
Drought, erratic rains, failed crops, soaring food prices and regional instabilities have left more than 11.3 million people at risk of starvation in the Sahel region.
1.5 Million children are at risk for acute malnutrition
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CARE Niger was established in 1974 in response to famine and has worked on several food security projects since then. The program currently focuses on health and nutrition, natural resources management, education, local governance, conflict resolution, women’s empowerment, microfinance, disaster risk reduction, and emergency preparedness and response.
Niger is the birthplace of our successful and often-replicated Village Savings and Loan Associations program, which economically empowers women and raises their social and political status. The project is known as ‘Mata Masu Dubara’ (MMD), or “ingenious women” or “women on the move.”
Since 2009, CARE Niger has been focusing on creating partnerships with civil society to encourage more sustainable development. The Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 emphasizes disaster risk reduction, strengthens emergency response and prevention, and aims to help create sustainable livelihoods for 150,000 households in extreme poverty.
SAHEL HUNGER CRISIS
Drought, erratic rains, failed crops, soaring food prices and regional instabilities have left more than 18.7 million people at risk of starvation in the Sahel region of west Africa.
Many people in Niger have suffered from droughts and an inability to find food. Through CARE's Village Savings and Loan program, Mamata Tinou began a cereal bank in her village of Genki.
The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognised, but despite the growing international attention to the issue, numerous barriers remain. A key challenge has been finding cost-effective ways to connect the millions of people who participate in informal community savings groups to banks and other financial institutions.
CARE’s programs in Economic Development work to improve the economic security and income opportunities of the poor. Currently, CARE is implementing 74 economic development projects in 43 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, CARE maintains ties with independent microfinance institutions (MFI) that have grown out of CARE’s economic development programming.
The Sahel Region in West Africa is among the poorest and least developed in the world. It is characterized by low-level seasonal rainfall and chronic food insecurity. In recent years, rainfall has decreased and became more erratic, resulting in poor agricultural productivity and high livestock mortatlity rates.