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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

Savings and Internal Lending Communities

A Basis for Integral Human Development

A compendium of insights drawn from the field experience of CRS practitioners promoting savings-led microfinance. Combined with a literature review on best practices, this document highlights several case studies where savings-led microfinance has successfully supported other sector initiatives in a holistic approach to community development.

Guy Vanmeenen

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Introduction 1
SILC: Background 3
SILC: How It Works! 5
Flexibility of the SILC Methodology 10
SILC as a Basis for Integral Human Development (IHD) 14
Some Programming Options 22
Conclusion 30
Annex 1. SILC and Catholic Social Teaching 31
Annex 2. SILC: Vision and Program Guidance 33
Annex 3. SILC: Pyramid of Enterprises 35
References 36

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