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Agriculture Education Emergencies Health HIV and AIDS Microfinance Peacebuilding Water and Sanitation

Cross-Cutting Areas

Capacity Strengthening Climate Change ICT4D IHD Monitoring and Evaluation Youth


Catholic Relief Services' microfinance programs work through

  • microfinance associations and their member institutions
  • informal or community-based savings groups

Both approaches encourage clients to save and to borrow for investments in income-generating microenterprises. Both reach very poor households and communities, and help to create a sustainable financial base for local community development.


Dashboard: Statistics on CRS' savings groups

Dashboard: Savings Groups

Private service providers: A new approach for savings groups

CRS is using a new model that allows market forces to replace subsidies. This is redefining sustainability and helping the poor to take charge of their own development.

Microfinance publications by subject


Microfinance publications by type

Featured publications

Learning Paper series


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A compendium of field experience with savings-led microfinance as an element in a holistic approach to community development.