Providing Women with a Secure Future: Mary Ellen Iskenderian for USA Today

March 23, 2012

“Can you imagine if the only product that your bank offered you was a loan?

Or living without a bank account and conducting every payment with cash? Or seeing all the assets you had painstakingly accumulated jeopardized by the costs of caring for a sick child? These are the challenges facing more than a billion women who have no access to financial services. Microfinance institutions provide an increasingly broad range of these services to poor and low-income women, opening a new world of possibilities
for them and their families…”

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