In the coffee-producing Highlands of Papua New Guinea, communities remain poor and semi-subsistence, despite the national importance of coffee as a major export commodity.
Maria Samillano’s simple life with her husband and three children was agitated when super typhoon Haiyan smashed its way to her coastal village in Laua-an, Antique, Philippines. Haiyan completely destroyed her small house made of bamboo and even disrupted her livelihood.
“I realized that even I’m a person with disability, I can still achieve my goals.”
This is what Evelyn Tangile proudly shared when asked about what she has learned from all the activities she participated with international aid organization CARE.
Lantaa Nur or “togetherness” is the name of a new village savings and loan association (VSLA) in Tabier village in Ghana’s Upper West Region. Group members say the name fits, representing something they never thought was possible.
Keeping your sense of self and, as a women, your femininity, can be hard when bombs are falling all around you and you’re running out of food and water, let alone makeup and perfume. But it is important.
Sherihan is 24 years old and lives in the village of Abou Awad with her mother, father and four siblings. Sherihan graduated from a technical secondary school, but all of her siblings are students at different academic levels, and because of this, there are many expenses.
By saving pennies a day, girls in Kenya’s largest slum fulfill a new season of promise and possibility.
A recent study of Village Savings and Loans Associations in the Enhancing Community Resilience Project in Malawi provides a 2,900% return on investment. The external evaluator estimates that for every $1 invested in VSLAs,