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Africa, China, and Women
The new economic relationship between African countries and China is full of potential successes and pitfalls, says I.M.O.W. Global Council member Hafsat Abiola, human rights and democracy advocate from Nigeria.  Now, however, both sides have a trick up their sleeve: women, their greatest untapped resource...
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Is Microcredit the Answer for Latin America?
First published on the Council on Hemispheric Affairs Web site on September 24, 2007, the following article by Michael Glenwick questions whether microfinance is beneficial or detrimental to Latin American economies. Glenwick points out that microfinance is big business, has had measurable successes, yet is far from perfect and cannot eliminate poverty on its own...
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A Critique of Microcredit
In this article, originally published in the November/December 2006 issue of Dollars & Sense magazine, feminist economists Susan F. Feiner and Drucilla K. Barker look at how the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to microcredit guru Muhammad Yunus affirms neoliberalism. Feiner is professor of economics and women's studies at the University of Southern Maine...
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Pro Mujer: A Holistic Approach
Lynne Patterson and Carmen Velasco founded Pro Mujer, a not-for-profit women's development and microfinance organization, two decades ago in Bolivia. Since then, Pro Mujer has worked to improve the lives of poor women and their families throughout five countries in Latin America, distributing US$689 million in microloans...
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Small Steps
Microcredit may not be a panacea to women's problems worldwide, but it has impacted thousands of lives, proving that every little bit truly does help...
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