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Financial Inclusion
Financial Inclusion
2 billion people have no access to bank accounts, effectively excluding them from modern economic life. Yet access to savings, credit and insurance are vital for poor people to overcome the insecurity of living on irregular incomes.

CARE has pioneered the promotion of village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) for over 20 years, and now reaches over 4 million people. To achieve greater global financial inclusion CARE is now exploring how to link these informal savings groups with formal financial service providers including national and international banks.


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Delivering formal financial services to savings groups: A handbook for financial service providers
This handbook is a reference guide for financial service providers, for the effective design and ...
Briefing paper to the UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group on Financial, Digital Inclusion and Property
Over the past year CARE has been advising the United Nations High Level Panel on Women’s Econom ...
Resilient markets: Strengthening women’s economic empowerment and market systems in fragile settings
Functioning market systems and a responsible and responsive private sector are critical to liveli ...
Women’s leadership in Cocoa Life communities
Emerging best practices of women’s leadership within cocoa farming in Ghana and Cô ...
Growing together: Strengthening micro-enterprises in value chains
A guide for companies to strengthen micro-enterprise market systems This guide i ...


Featured Private Sector Engagement Projects

  • Community Development Forums on Sri Lankan tea estates

    Community Development Forums on Sri Lankan tea estates

    CARE Sri Lanka’s Community Development Forums (CDFs) were designed to benefit both workers and plantations. CDFs are in effect ‘mini-parliaments’ with one CDF set up on each participating tea estate.

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  • Microfinance innovations in Zimbabwe

    Microfinance innovations in Zimbabwe

    This IMF project seeks to link mature groups, who have demonstrated financial literacy and successful development of income generating activities through their VSLA, to formal micro-finance institutions.

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  • Jita' Social Enterprise in Bangladesh

    Jita' Social Enterprise in Bangladesh

    Jita is a social enterprise which brings employment to women from among Bangladesh’s extreme rural poor through door to door sales of consumer goods. Its goal is to empower women who previously had never earned their own income, and open a channel for basic personal hygiene and nutritional food products to reach remote villages.

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