Poor women in particular benefit from microfinance services. Women’s status, both in their homes and in their communities, is elevated when they are responsible for managing loans and savings. The ability to generate and control their own income can further empower poor...Read More
Poor families with access to financial services are more likely to send their children to school, and the children stay in school longer. Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) is a program of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) supporting grassroots projects for...Read More
Studies of the impact of microcredit in more than 24 countries found dramatic improvements in household income levels. The studies found that access to microcredit allowed the borrower to increase the number of goods or services sold and reduce the costs of supplies and...Read More
The empirical evidence is clear: those working poor who participated in micro credit programs with access to financial services were able to advance their personal and family standard of living, much more than those who did not have access to micro credit. Right Sharing...Read More
Many women members of microfinance groups no longer believe they should be dependent or that they should remain confined to the home. They are more likely to send their daughters to school. Through their involvement in microfinance, many women become leaders, instigating...Read More
Many qualitative and quantitative studies have documented how access to financial services has improved the status of women within the family and the community. Women have become more assertive and confident. In regions where women’s mobility is strictly regulated, women...Read More
Self help group (SHGs) formed in rural India operate on the principles of mutual trust, co-operation and interdependence. Membership is offered to the poorest of the poor, handicapped, windowed, deserted and dalits. The leaders are selected from members of the group. The...Read More
Right Sharing of World Resources is a Quaker micro-credit organization that supports grassroots income-generating projects in developing countries, led by women, many of whom are making less than a dollar a day.
Our General Secretary, Betty Tonsing, recently returned from site visits in Sierra Leone. She brings back a powerful report after meeting with RSWR’s project partners. Click here to read her provocative blog entry, inspired by the courageous women she encountered during her travels.
Once taken into virtual slavery to make bricks, these now freed women have taken the skills learned in the trade, to band together and make a new foundation for themselves. Read more about our currently featured profile partner in India, “Child Watch.”
Board Member Chris Siegler traveled to Sierra Leone this fall to perform site visits, alongside our General Secretary, Betty Tonsing. Chris has a long history with the country–spanning nearly five decades–beginning with a two year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer.
In his blog post, he shares his observations on the progress (and lack of progress) in this West African country, as well as hope for this future.
Chris writes, “The resiliency of the people of Sierra Leone is incredible given the personal horrors and atrocities of the bitter rebel war…”
Read more here.