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Women's empowerment _Microfinance


mathilde burnouf

on 7 November 2012

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Transcript of Women's empowerment _Microfinance

How women use financial services around the world The role of the Campaign in
empowering women ddd Women entrepreneurs’ access to financial services FINANCIAL SERVICES TECHNOLOGY Microfinance enables poor women to become economic agents of chance by increasing their income and productivity, access to markets and information, and decision making power - UNFPA PICTURE "By putting financial resources in the hands of women, microfinance institutions help level the playing field and promote gender equality"

Empowering Women Through Microfinance
Susy Cheston and Lisa Kuhn The Campaign Percent poorest / poor women
1997 - 2010 Microfinance and mutual aid mechanisms Build new pathways out of poverty for themselves and their families "An empowered woman is no longer as susceptible to external shocks because the client and her family now belong to a real social network, not the virtual kind. They have connections that provide support and share burdens in difficult times." - State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2011 Supporting women's micro-enterprise development Lourdes who attained loans from Fundacion Paraguaya said that due to the loans she attained all the things she ever dreamed of View of one client of the Credit with Education group organized by Freedom from Hunger in Ghana - Rita:

“The biggest thing for me was starting to save,” says Rita. “I had never saved before. Now I have savings to tap when it’s time for the school fees and other needs, including more food. My family is better now. We eat better.” - The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign 2011 Lourdes' microenterprise business - VIDEO LOURDES TO BE EMBEDDED "In the developing world as a whole, women produce 60-80% of food but earn 22% less than men and have limited access to credit, training and land rights " - New Pathways Out of Poverty Time Spent on domestic work by region
and sex (1999 - 2008) Microfinance access and non-financial responses
to poverty reduction:

What I think is very important to understand is that microfinance alone is not enough, but microfinance together with other support, with access to other types of services, like health insurance, housing, et cetera, that is what gets people out of poverty.
— Ingrid Munro, Jamii Bora The Campaign's strategy to provide access to non-financial
services to the most vulnerable population Vocational skills development
Health education: awareness training and education on nutrition, sanitation and health issues
Healthcare services
Literacy classes
Community development
Market-based business-development service
Lifeskills training NON-FINANCIAL SERVICES Though they work hard, the productivity of these women is diminished by lack of: Photo courtesy of Global Development Matters Photo courtesy of Denise Hughes Photo courtesy of Grameen Bank Photo courtesy of Villupuram "I had always believed that there was a lot of talent among those women and I always felt that everybody was neglecting the beggars. We started Jamii Bora with the idea that it would be a small club of beggar women and me, but it soon grew into a large movement of the desperate and neglected. The women started small businesses and some of them climbed quickly into a better life."
Ingrid Munro, Founder Jamii Bora
State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2009 Photo courtesy of Pragroup.com "Microfinance provides access to financial services to 13 million of the world's poorest women" - ADD REFERENCE
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