A weapon against poverty

2008-07-08 00:00

FROM Rwanda to Cambodia, community savings and lending groups are increasingly being recognised as one of the NGO sector’s most effective weapons against poverty.

“Like everybody else, poor people are mainly concerned with improving their livelihoods and reducing risks to that livelihood. They want to have the right clothes for a special occasion, gain the respect of their neighbours and send their children to school,” says Allen over lunch at the Reformed Mission in Komane, Nhlazuka, a remote and spectacularly beautiful area about one hour’s drive south of Pietermaritzburg. Here, course participants were given a chance to observe one of the monthly meetings of the established savings groups from the area.

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