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World news on the fight to alleviate poverty – follow innovations in microfinance, technology and community development that are changing lives in developing countries.

Pushing for Progress

by Benjamin Freeman

People share the same basic needs such as food, clean water, housing and education. Unfortunately for families like Digna’s (pictured) in the Philippines, these needs often go unfulfilled. A mother-of-six, Digna used to live in a makeshift house made of wood, bamboo and sacks. She sold vegetables at her local market to provide for her children, but making very little money, she had to borrow from family members to try and pay for an education for her children. Through your support, Opportunity…

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New Study Shows the Dynamic Effects of Your Support

by Benjamin Freeman

“The biggest challenge I faced was not earning enough money to cover the cost of renting a room and my children’s education fees,” Marini says. Marini’s a mother-of-three from Indonesia. Like many mothers living in poverty, her biggest desire was to see her children get a full education. But because she couldn’t earn enough to cover costs such as food, clean water and rent, this was nearly impossible. A new study by the World Bank has assessed the impact of small loans on families living…

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