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  • Did You Know?

    A Little Goes a Long Way

    The average micro-loan is often only as much as $250.

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  • Words of hope from...


    "Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Give a woman microcredit, she, her husband, her children and her extended family will eat for a lifetime."

  • Words of hope from...

    Natalie Portman

    "Micro-credit is about giving hope."

  • Did You Know?

    It’s Making an Impact.

    Studies are showing that microfinance is a powerful tool for combating poverty, increasing income and empowering women.

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Community Development


Community Development

It Takes Money to Make Money.

Because banks are set up to make a profit, they are not likely to provide services to people who do not already have some amount of assets, property or money. This leaves a good portion of the world’s population without hope for formal financial support.

Microfinance means providing small loans to people of low income who do not have access to regular banking services. This small loan can often bridge the gap between poverty and hope for a secure future.

  • Explore the Issue


    The need for microfinance services is thought to have reached more than 600 million people, but lack of capital means only about a third of them can be served. 

    Empowering Women Through Microfinance

    Microfinance programs often target women in poor communities. Many studies have shown that access to financial support has improved the status of these women, allowing them to play a stronger role in their community’s decision making. 

  • Questions about Community Development

    1. What are mico-loans and how are they used?
    2. Where are micro-loans needed most?
    3. Why are most micro-loans given to women?
  • Resources for Grades K-6


    One Hen Online Games and Storybook

    Learn about microfinance through games and an online storybook. Source: Change for Children


    Learn about microfinance through games and an online storybook. Source: Global Education


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  • Resources for Grades 7-12


    Understanding Poverty

    Resources for understanding poverty. Source: ACGC

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  • Links to Partner Resource Libraries

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    Change for Children yes Canada

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