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Thursday
Mar262015

Testing health microinsurance through savings groups in Benin

A focus group discusses microinsurance in Benin CRS has been piloting a health microinsurance product in Benin and delivering it through savings groups. This post describes the initiative's positive outcomes and opportunities for improvement.

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Thursday
Mar262015

In four Caribbean countries, youths join savings groups and learn to assist as first responders

Young members of a savings group that contributes to disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean In the Caribbean, CRS' savings groups are helping young people prepare themselves and their communities for emergencies.

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Thursday
Mar262015

Savings groups in Lesotho grow their ambitions

Ramiti Matsitsi, who joined a savings group and saw a business opportunity Members of the Lemohang Basotho savings group in Lesotho view their growing social cohesion as one of their greatest achievements since forming their group: "It is easier for the village to plan together, and unity is power."

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Thursday
Mar262015

Rwandan savings-group agent builds a thriving business

By becoming a Private Service Provider, Theopiste Ndikubwayo earned income to install electricity in his house and start a small business Private Service Providers are fee-for-service agents who offer ongoing support to savings groups, without additional donor subsidies. By becoming a PSP, Theopiste Ndikubwayo earned income to install electricity in his house and start a small business.

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Thursday
Mar262015

A Senegalese woman breaks the mold as a savings-group supervisor

Margherite Sene, the first female field-agent supervisor for CRS partner Ndeyi Jirim in the Expanding Financial Inclusion project "Sometimes people in villages or members of a SILC group where I go for the first time are surprised to see that I [am] a woman who arrives on a motorcycle. But over time people in the communities have come to respect me for the work I do and the services we offer."

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Thursday
Mar262015

Sudanese women of different ethnicities work together in savings groups

Savings groups have helped to build bridges between Muslim and Christian women in Sudan Savings groups have helped to build bridges between Muslim and Christian women in Sudan. They've also allowed us to connect Sudanese women to financial services and vocational training.

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Thursday
Mar262015

Zambia shows how savings groups plus agricultural inputs can equal business success

Grace Phiri used her profit from a loan to invest in her farm and her family These six success stories demonstrate how participation in savings groups is creating successful and prosperous livelihoods for members in Zambia.

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