Economic Development

4/6/16

Coffee Industry Support Project

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.

3/15/16

Mother finds a blessing after the storm

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.

3/15/16

Disability Turns to Opportunity

“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.

2/22/16

Strengthening Community Cohesion

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.

2/11/16

Hope-saving, not just life-saving

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.

1/4/16

A Pound Is Better Than a Groom

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.

12/21/15

Gifts of Lasting Change

By saving pennies a day, girls in Kenya’s largest slum fulfill a new season of promise and possibility.

12/3/15

Enhancing Community Resilience in Malawi Provides a 2,900% Return On Investment

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,

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