Microfinance program as part of the Epicenter Strategy

The Microfinance Program is a training, savings and credit program that promotes the economic empowerment of women in Africa. Since the establishment of the Microfinance Program in 1999 the credit portfolio has grown to about 2.9 million USD in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda. By the end of 2011 45’000 partners had saved a total of 1.6 million USD. But most importantly the banks of 28 epicenters are certified by the government and can operate their own independent rural financial institutions that are led by women.

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"In the local VCA (Vision-Commitment-Action)-Workshops of THP, the majority of participants are women and they become empowered to lead their lifes independently, to take action and to influence their communities as self-responsible members. As such, they jointly find their own ways out of chronic hunger and external material dependence. THP joins this process locally, where the people are at home."

Therese Gerber-F├╝rst, Management Consultant, has been supporting THP for more than 10 years

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