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 raw...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 of...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 change...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
Microfinance has drawn millions of women into commercial economic activities for the first time, enabling them to take advantage of new opportunities and develop new roles as cash income earners and economically active members of the community. The impact of microfinance...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, widowed, deserted and dalits. The leaders are selected from members of the group. The SHG...Read More
Microfinance has drawn millions of women into commercial economic activities for the first time, enabling them to take advantage of new opportunities and develop new roles as cash income earners and economically active members of the community. The impact of microfinance on...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.
We invite groups from these areas to send proposals requesting seed money to begin a micro-enterprise program.
The projects must be compatible with the three principles which guide the work of RSWR:
3. Mutual Support and Accountability amongst group’s members
RSWR and its supporters offer material resources, and our testimonies of peace, simplicity, equality, and integrity.
Project partners offer experience and expertise working with the poor, a vision of community, and a commitment to peace and justice.
Together, we can create the world of peace and justice that God desires.
A beedi is a thin, Indian cigarette filled with tobacco flake, wrapped in a leaf, and tied with a string at one end. Popular throughout South Asia, these tobacco-filled leaves deliver more nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar, and carry a greater risk of oral cancers.
The beedi industry predominantly employs poor women who hand-roll beedis at homes to earn a meager income. Workers roll an average of 500–1000 beedis per day for which they are paid Rs.29 (50¢) to Rs.65 ($1.07) per 1000.
Significant health hazards are associated with beedi rolling, including respiratory problems, bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, anemia, and eye problems, caused by the tobacco dust, as well as cramping in the shoulders, neck, back and stomach from the posture required to roll the beedis quickly. A rising concern is also the involvement of children, particularly girls, in the process of beedi rolling.
Thankfully, several of our project partners are engaged in helping beedi rolling women “escape” from this profession. We invite you to learn more about these bold women, creating new life chapters and personal stories because of help from supporters like you!