[Zimbabwe] Widowed mother weaves her way to a better life

[Zimbabwe] Widowed mother weaves her way to a better life

Clayton Masekesa – Nehanda Radio – Wednesday, 30 July 2014 (originally published 29 Jul) Grace Madekurozva, 30, faced severe financial problems following the death of her husband in 2012. Illiterate and unaccustomed to being the primary breadwinner, she searched for a way to provide for her three little children. As a child, she learned to […]

India's Dalit women empowered by collective farming

India's Dalit women empowered by collective farming

Stella Paul for Global Press Institute – WNN WorldFOOD (WNN) Hyderabad, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: Bujjiamma Begary, 27, can finally afford to eat vegetables again. “For nearly five years, all I could afford was rice and a thin red gram [pigeon pea] soup because I didn’t have the money to buy fresh vegetables, which have become […]

Global microlending – not all it’s intended to be

Global microlending – not all it’s intended to be

Claire Provost – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/GDN) London, U.K.: Held up for decades as something of a “miracle cure” for global poverty, microfinance became one of the world’s most high-profile and generously funded development interventions. Everyone, it seemed, was talking about how small loans could unlock endless opportunities for the world’s poorest people. By 2010, however, […]

Mongolia: A Microfinance Test Case

Mongolia: A Microfinance Test Case

S. Adam Cardais – East of Center – Thursday June 28, 2012 (originally published June 21) Rural MONGOLIA: Mongolia’s economy grew 17.3 percent last year thanks to a mining boom, and the government is set to distribute to the public some $1 billion to share the wealth. So it’s easy to forget that, Mongolia’s meteoric economy […]

Malawi’s solar micro-finance initiative builds business for women entrepreneurs

Malawi’s solar micro-finance initiative builds business for women entrepreneurs

Jessica Buchleitner –  WNN Features (WNN) Kasungu, Malawi: In the small landlocked southeastern African nation of Malawi only 8% of its growing 15.263 million people are connected to the national power grid, a source of power that has become increasingly unreliable. For many women and their families this often means only one thing – complete […]

Maxima the grassroots princess visits Senegal

Maxima the grassroots princess visits Senegal

Sheriff Bojang Jnr – Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Friday, 13 May, 2011 Princess Maxima has already won the hearts of the Dutch people and now she looks set to win those of Africans. As part of her West African tour of Senegal and Mali, the Crown Princess of the Netherlands is acting as a UN advocate for inclusive […]

Sex-workers get second chance at life with microloans in Kenya

Sex-workers get second chance at life with microloans in Kenya

Correspondent Gitonga Njeru – WNN Features Nairobi, Kenya: With higher levels of economic growth than expected, Kenya’s banks have already begun giving successful loans to a specific and special group of women. Many of these women have struggled through poverty with only one option available to them as they raise their children alone without assistance. […]