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Microcredit Can Be a Life-Changer – But It Isn’t for Everyone

By Heather Targosz, Marketing & Communications Manager, Upaya

Employees sort waste at a Saahas Waste Management facility outside Bangalore, India

Employees sort waste at a Saahas Waste Management facility outside Bangalore, India. Photo courtesy of Upaya Social Ventures.

One person in every 10 is living in extreme poverty today, earning less than $1.90 per day. This figure has dropped significantly from 35% in 1990, but the issue remains a top priority of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Eradicating poverty (SDG 1) means finding more innovative, cost effective and scalable ways of reaching the last 10%.

Arguably, one of the more effective solutions to alleviating poverty in the past several decades has been microcredit, in which very small loans are extended to impoverished individuals. Microcredit has proven extremely effective in helping individuals, oftentimes women, become entrepreneurs. Given a microloan, a woman might be able to open a fruit stall at the market or sell handcrafted jewelry out of her home. When used properly, the potential of microcredit is remarkable and life-changing for those in poverty. But not everyone is a fit for microcredit. Read More

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Could a movement for community-led development help end global hunger? The Hunger Project plans to find out

By Joanne Lu

Woman preparing food

The Hunger Project trains volunteers to educate their communities on the nutritional benefits of crops like moringa. This approach has led to strong adoption and community-ownership. For example, many people who have used moringa to nourish their children, now grow the plant in their gardens and sell its byproducts to their neighbors. Photo: Johannes Odé/THP

Since 1977, The Hunger Project (THP) has been on a mission to end hunger, not just alleviate it. But over the decades, the organization has developed a profound conviction that it cannot accomplish this mission alone. In fact, THP believes that the end of hunger can only be achieved with the active participation – make that at the direction – of those who are hungry.

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Values and value chains: Pierre Ferrari reflects on how his childhood shaped his approach to global development

By Amber Cortes

Pierre FerrariGrowing up, Pierre Ferrari felt like he was living two lives.

“One is the colonial elite prestige life, and being protected, and having servants. And the other, of course, is the reality of where you live,” he says.

As a child, the now President and CEO of Heifer International grew up in the Belgian Congo and Kenya. Ferrari was educated in Catholic schools, where teachers stressed awareness of social justice issues. His grandmother, a pious Catholic, got involved with helping villages where the diocese had schools for the Congolese. She helped them put together a business where the villagers sold their surplus vegetables to retailers.

 

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World Vision Launches Chosen™, Ushers in a New Era of Child Sponsorship

Children now have the power to choose their sponsor

FEDERAL WAY, Wash.Sept. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time in its seven-decade history, World Vision is launching a new invitation into child sponsorship. The Christian humanitarian organization is enabling children to choose their sponsors through an innovative experience called Chosen™.

Read more: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/world-vision-launches-chosen-ushers-in-a-new-era-of-child-sponsorship-300922225.html

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