• Veronica spent several years in an IDP (internally displaced people) camp and is now trying to re-build her life by setting up a small business.
  • Post-conflict microfinance
  • I had an interesting chat last week with a lady from Uganda who is trying to expand her microfinance programme into northern Uganda. It's an area devastated by 20 years of civil war. Most of the population suffered terrible trauma - children abducted to become child soldiers and forced to commit atrocities against their own villages, women and girls raped, people losing their homes, land and loved ones. Can microfinance work here? Full Story...

  • the long road to providing financial services in remote villages
  • Village Savings Groups – how to nurture financial services in the remotest corners
  • I recently visited the village of Nangarua in Beringo District, Kenya. The journey from Nakuru town to Nangarua took 4 hours, of which 2 hours was on tarmac roads and 2 hours very definitely wasn't. We were visiting with Anthony Mambo, recently appointed Microfinance Officer in Nakuru. His challenge is that he is one man with one old car and a district over 300 miles from side to side. Full Story...

  • Catherine MLF
  • Catherine
  • Ten years ago, Catherine was making a small living buying fish from local fishermen and selling them at a nearby market. Today she has saved enough money to build her own house, housing 18 members of her family. She pays for her grandchildren to go to school, and financially supports various other extended family members. Full Story...

  • Motorbike repair
  • Claire
  • Claire was a stockbroker in the City and gave up her job to travel by motorbike across Africa. Her motorbike maintenance skills were a huge help to Loan Officers at the MicroLoan Foundation. Full Story...

  • Lenie
  • Lenie
  • Lenie has started a bicycle and fritter business thanks to her small loan Full Story...

  • MV view
  • Rachel
  • Rachel's Microfinance Experience in Kenya led her to do a Masters to understand it better: "I was so struck by the simplicity yet huge impact of the idea - lend a group of women £30 and suddenly they can feed their children without having to work as prostitutes. I knew I had to find out more" Full Story...

  • Shida, client of the Mama Bahati Foundation in Tanzania
  • Shida
  • Mama Bahati client, Shida, began by borrowing a £20 microloan to buy fabric for dress-making. She now makes up to 20 dresses a day, and is able to send all 6 of her children to school. Full Story...

  • Zawadi
  • Zawadi Mpwepwa
  • This is Zawadi Mpwepwa, a client of the Mama Bahati Foundation in Tanzania, supported by Arcubus through Five Talents UK. Her entrepreneurial drive has enabled her to support not only her own 3 children but two others whom she has taken in. Full Story...

  • crops
  • Lucas
  • Lucas owned a small plot of land in northern Mozambique - but he could not afford to buy any seeds or tools to start farming it. Full Story...

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