Access Africa: The Power of Financial Services Program Update – May 2011

Securing capital to start a business or accruing savings is a near impossible task for millions of people in the developing world. The closest bank is often a day’s walk away. To open an account requires proof of identity and an address, which many marginalized women do not have. CARE’s ACCESS AFRICA program empowers people – 70 percent of them women – with the skills and knowledge to improve their family finances and access to insurance. The program aims to lift 30 million people and their families out of poverty over the next decade, in 39 sub-Saharan countries.