Economic Inclusion

We work on multiple fronts to create opportunities for all to build a more prosperous future. Our programs address a wide spectrum of needs, from community-based savings groups, to financial services and support to women and youth entrepreneurs, to innovative, market-focused initiatives that build the knowledge, skills and institutional capacities to promote sustainable economic growth in remote or marginalized communities.  

It takes a village

We were all once children. We were all once young, full of hope and potential.

Dispatch from the field: Kettles and cameras in Karasu, Kyrgyzstan

Rachel Mather was part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She was placed with First Micro Credit Company in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic.

Feeding Her Community

Lal and Samantha live worlds apart, but their lives are more similar than it seems at first glance.

We are there

For vulnerable communities in remote, high mountain valleys across Central Asia, lives are changing.

Dispatch from the field: Supporting dairy farmers in Bangladesh

I’ve been in Bangladesh for more than two months now, working with CARE Bangladesh on their programming to help rural farmers improve their agricultural practices – and incomes.

Dispatch from the field: The rights and responsibilities of microfinance in Tajikistan

The Smart Campaign is a global effort spearheaded by the Center for Financial Inclusion, dedicated to “uniting microfinance leaders around a common goal: to keep clients as the driving force of the industry” – by following principles designed to help microfinance institutions practise good ethics and smart business.

Under the canopy of the apricot trees

It sits nestled in the palm of my hand, a shrunken, wrinkled russet sphere that rattles softly when I shake it. I find it in Zeverdashd, a Tajik village wedged between the towering Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. It represents a livelihood for 15 women and their families.

Weaving a Brighter Future: Apendiwe’s story

Apendiwe Momade sits in the shade outside her home in rural Mozambique, next to a billowing pile of dried grass.

Her legs are outstretched on one of her homemade mats, her fingers a blur as she expertly twists the grass into intricate patterns.

Carving out a better life

Several wooden spoons and forks are perched on a table as Fatima puts the finishing touches on another one. Around her, other carpenters are carving signs, measuring material, and smoothing out large pieces of wood for new projects.