Celebrate Solutions: Savings Clubs in Nigeria Promote Economic Independence for Women

By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver

In Zamfara state, a predominately Muslim region of Nigeria, women are traditionally dependent on their husbands, who are legally allowed to have up to four wives. Men are in control of their family’s resources, and it is difficult for women to have control over their own finances and that of their families. This fuels poverty and disempowerment, and contributes to the high disease burden, high fertility rate, and weak health systems for the more than four million people who live there. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Fighting Poverty with Savings & Mobile Technology in Guatemala

By: Elizabeth Gillroy and Arya Iranpour, Trickle Up; Originally posted on

Saving money can be hard for anyone, but it’s especially difficult for the poorest and most vulnerable around the world. The ultrapoor—those who live on $1.25 a day or less—are characterized by insufficient and irregular income, high vulnerability to shocks, chronic food insecurity, and poor health. For most people living in these conditions, there are no insurance programs to fall back on in the event of an emergency. If disaster strikes, families are often forced to sell what few assets they have and take out the only loans they have access to those with very high interest rates. All of which leads them further into poverty. How can anyone save money in a situation like this? Read more...


A Panomaric View of Asia: Campaign hits newsstands today

Originally posted on PR Newswire

The second edition in Mediaplanet's "Investing in the Developing World" series hit newsstands in select markets of USA Today this morning, transporting readers to the Asian continent.

The "Investing in Asia" publication will traverse the human landscape of globalization, presenting a panorama of life on the continent.  With the support of CARE, Women Deliver, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Water Missions International, Opportunity International, Mercy Corps, American Indian Foundation, Give2Asia, Management Sciences for Health, IntraHealth, Church World Service, Developments in Literacy, and International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Mediaplanet will take readers on a journey from the valleys of the Hindu Kush to the peak of Mount Everest, from the haves to the have-nots, in order to portray the reality of life on the continent. Read more...


Celebrate Solutions: Improving Lives with Job Training and Self-Help Groups

By: Rati Bishnoi, Catapult

In many parts of the world, women living with HIV face a high risk of falling into poverty: Stigma and fears about worker productivity can make it particularly difficult for women to find work and earn a livelihood. Sanmitra Trust, a non-governmental organization in Mumbai, India, is working to break these barriers and help women living with HIV, sex workers, and other marginalized women build better futures for themselves and their families. In addition to providing health, welfare and legal services, Sanmitra Trust (a Catapult and Global Fund for Women partner) helps women living with HIV develop financial strength by learning job and business skills and accessing financial services like bank accounts and loans. Read more...


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