Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women Increase womens access to credit
People in impoverished countries remain excluded from economic growth Many are still far away from reaping the benefits of the global economy
Offer access to small credit loans Teach women basic ways of borrowing and paying off loans Begin a business, invest the money, education, feeding the family, clothing and shelter
Women have always been the focus of MCI More likely to invest their money towards the well-being of their families
Kiva is an example of an MCI Mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe
Removed the need for collateral and created a system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. Provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh.
A married women with 3 children who sells groceries, and clothes received a loan of $450 to buy more supplies. She has been able to get more profit and train her children. She paid the loan back in full after 10 months.
Ninety five percent of people who borrow, pay back the loans The high payback rate helps build the financial security of the group, improves chances of moving away from poverty
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