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Sophie Ouedraogo was working at a small canteen in Gwargui Village, Burkina Faso, earning around a dollar a day—barely enough to cover her family's household expenses.
"It didn't meet my needs," says Sophie, a widow with three school-aged children. "It was really hard to pay for my kids...More
Savings and lending groups not only help people save money, they can save lives. A modest loan helped James Malueth survive a surprise attack that reduced his home to rubble on December 16, 2013. James, like many of his fellow Jonglei State residents in South Sudan, was caught in the crossfire...More
Each morning as the sun begins to filter through the corn stalks, Janet Anyango Okeyo fills up a wheelbarrow with sundries such as laundry detergent, candies and cooking oil and walks the 5 minutes to her corrugated tin kiosk. The youngest of her six children trail behind her carrying boxes of...More
CRS' savings-led microfinance approach teaches financial literacy.More
Since becoming a mother, I relate to the women I meet in the field in a completely different way. I understand their sacrifices on a new level, and their commitment to their children. And I understand the motivation behind all of their hard work, day in and day out....More
Beep. Beep. Beep.
It's the familiar sound of items being scanned at a checkout counter, although, in this part of Madagascar, few have electricity or running water.
One-by-one, farmers step forward. Some look puzzled and others stare boldly at the strange camera's tiny lens. The...More
"Something exciting's happening at CRS," says Sandra Basgall, who turned 70 a few weeks ago.
Sandra's a Catholic Relief Services staff member who lives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. To understand her excitement is to grasp the deep commitment she shares with CRS about...More
On a sunny day, 35 women get together on a patio to talk about a subject usually handled by men: money.
"Many municipalities here have microfinance and saving groups. However, most of them follow the norm of only accepting men," says Leonor Zárate, coordinator of the Savings and Internal...More