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CARE has pioneered an approach that meets the need for microfinance at the very bottom rung of the world's economic ladder. CARE Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) empower women to pool their savings – with no outside capital – and then make loans to each other to start small businesses or pay for important life expenses. Read more about our VSLA approach, along with other best practices at work in Africa, in CARE's most recent report: "Microfinance in Africa: Bringing Financial Services to Africa's Poor."

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COMLIVE provided CARE/DFID with a unique opportunity to strategically enhance a self-sustaining business model for rural development, linking private sector  markets, organic agricultural production, alternative livelihoods and natural resource management in a way that could effectively address the core needs of poor, vulnerable and food insecure families.

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Agronomic practices are being disseminated without their marketing implications being explicitly taken into account and farmers are receiving little or no advice and support regarding post-harvest activities. The lack of attention paid to marketing issues is problematic, both from a sustainable livelihoods and from a project sustainability perspective. This study seeks to identify a range of feasible intervention options to improve the returns from marketing by Go-Interfish project participants. In addition, it aims to provide information and analysis to inform future marketing-related research and activities by Go-Interfish and CARE.

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