Microfinance: Savings Groups Sustain Growth

Every morning, Dayaba Ibrahim woke up worrying if it would be a good day. Too often, it was a bad day—a day when few, if any, of her seven children would eat.

Today she’s able to feed her family—and pay their school fees—with proceeds from her fried bread business.

Dayaba, who lives in Niger, credits the change to a local Savings and Internal Lending Communities group, or SILC, organized by Catholic Relief Services.

Helping Farmers Adapt to Climate Change in Niger

In Niger, Chaibou Alzouma now sees the truth in the timeless biblical lesson of Galatians 6:7:  You reap what you sow.

That was not always the case for this 57-year-old farmer who spends most days on his feet, working long hours under the scorching sun of West Africa. No matter how hard he worked, his crops—millet and sorghum—were limited by devastating droughts or encroaching desert sands.

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