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Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) – Voices from Africa

Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) – Voices from Africa draws on the insights and field experience of many CRS microfinance practitioners, and captures promising practices in the emerging area of savings-led microfinance. The publication provides interesting highlights on the work of SILC as it links with other sectors in improving financial access to poor and marginalized households.  

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SILC Locations iv
What is SILC? 1
How Does SILC Work? 2
What Does SILC Provide to Its Members? 4
Strengths and Limitations of the SILC Methodology 11
SILC—Supporting the Financial Needs of Households in a Variety of Development Programs 13
    SILC and HIV 13
    SILC and Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) 15
    SILC and Health 16
    SILC and Water & Sanitation (WATSAN) 18
    SILC and Peacebuilding 20
    SILC and Child Trafficking 22
    SILC and Environmental Protection 23
    SILC and Agriculture 24
    SILC and Food Security 26
    SILC and Education 27
Conclusion 29
References 31
List of Abbreviations 32

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