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Women on the West Bank fight poverty with enterprise

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A few short years after the war in Gaza, women in the West Bank are overcoming poverty by running their own co-operatives. With training, marketing assistance, and funding from several aid agencies, the women have been able to set up their own small businesses.

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India Financial Inclusion Fund raises $90M kitty

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The India Financial Inclusion Fund (IFIF), an equity fund that invests in companies that provide financial services to low-income clients, has, after its final closing, raised USD 90 million worth of capital in the last fifteen months. The fund will be used to invest in microfinance institutions...

Habitat for Humanity Brazil

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Habitat for Humanity is a non-denominational charity dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. The organisation works with local homeowner families to build and renovate houses through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials. In Brazil, Habitat for Humanity also has...

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) - Nicaragua

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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and disadvantaged. CRS has been working in Nicaragua for more than 40 years, and currently runs programmes in agriculture, health, microfinance, civil society and human rights....

Centre for Micro-Finance (CMF)

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The objectives of the Centre for Micro-Finance (CMF) are to provide knowledge management services to the microfinance practitioners and institutions, undertake research and studies on microfinance and related development issues, raise public awareness on sustainable microfinance and to provide...

PlaNet Finance

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PlaNet Finance is an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to the development of microfinance worldwide. Over the past ten years and thanks to its dynamism and growing international network, PlaNet Finance has been working at providing people with the means to build their own...

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) - Niger

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Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and disadvantaged. The aim of CRS globally is to provide direct aid to the poor, to involve people in their own development, helping them to realise their potential, to promote social...

Mercy Corps International - China

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Mercy Corps is a not-for-profit international humanitarian agency. Its goal is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Believing that communities must be the agents of their own transformation for change to endure, Mercy Corps...

MicroPlace

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MicroPlace is a social business owned by eBay. It is currently the only website that enables everyday people to make investments in the microfinance industry. The microfinance institutions then microcredit small loans - available to the poor which allow them to start a business and work their ways...

Kiva

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Kiva connects donors to individual entrepreneurs or groups in the developing world, through the provision of micro-loans. Micro-credit empowers clients to lift themselves out of poverty through developing responsible business patterns and training. Kiva partners with existing micro-finance...