Economic Development

Beyond Banking

Where formal banks aren’t an option, CARE savings and loan groups, financial training and market linkages help families, farmers and small businesses succeed.

Invest in Earning Power

When women earn, everyone benefits. Help them get the tools and resources they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Local Food Works Better

Supporting local supply chains instead of foreign food imports can feed four million more hungry people.

Power Lasting Change

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MICROFINANCE

It takes money to make money. And CARE takes the concept of microfinance further, helping women and families improve income via better access to financial services, training and village savings and loan associations (VSLAs).

MARKET ACCESS

Earning a living requires more than just hard work. We link smallholder farmers in poor rural communities, the majority of them women, with the goods and services needed to run their businesses and provide for their families.

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Our economic strategy? Focus on women and girls. Learn why.

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The Value of Change

We talk a lot about value chains within our economic development work — but what are they and why are they important?

A value chain is the full range of activities, from production to marketing to distribution, that are required to bring a product from its conception to the consumer.

CARE promotes changes in value chains that generate positive, sustained impacts for large numbers of marginalized households in terms of income, employment, power relations and access to products and services that empower the poor to better their lives.  

STEAL THESE STATS

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#StealTheseStats w/@CAREAgriculture is the main source of income for 70% of the world’s rural poor.
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREIn the poorest countries, people spend up to 80% of their income on food.
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREMore than 2.5bill people, most of them in developing countries, don’t have a bank account.

Self-Reliance in Afghanistan

CARE is helping war widows in Afghanistan earn a living for themselves and their families. 

Watch to learn how these women are saving money and expanding their businesses.

Where We Work

CARE works in 86 countries around the world to support over 900 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects.