Development Blog

Women in Malawi say that being able to open their own bank account or save with a VSLA has caused their husbands to be more engaged. Read more...
Makulata, a member of the local VSLA, with her family in their home in Lilongwe District, Malawi. Makulata, a member of the local VSLA, with her family in their home in Lilongwe District, Malawi.
We’ve just published a study of six agencies’ ‘support to shelter self-recovery’ programmes after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in late 2013. But what do we mean by self-recovery, and what does support to self-recovery look like? Read more...
An information meeting as part of a Support for Shelter Self-Recovery (SSSR) programme An information meeting as part of a Support for Shelter Self-Recovery (SSSR) programme
In Egypt’s VSLAs, the number of women who have worried about money in the last 30 days has been cut nearly in half. Why? Because women are saving $58 a year now—2.7 times more than they used to. They are… Read more...
A CARE VSLA lockbox A CARE VSLA lockbox
For 27 years CARE has worked with communities to support Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) so that women living in poverty can save, invest and improve their lives. Our new Global Reach report shows astounding progress in the global… Read more...
Members of a Village Savings and Loan Association in Rwanda Members of a Village Savings and Loan Association in Rwanda
In Mali, the government is planning to give money to Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs). Why? Because the Malian government recognises that savings groups are a key step towards women’s empowerment. Ahead of the SG2018 Power of Savings Groups… Read more...
Haoua from Kagadama village near Maradi, Niger, with a VSLA lockbox Haoua from Kagadama village near Maradi, Niger, with a VSLA lockbox
Nadine Nohr is a Trustee of CARE International UK. Sitting in a board meeting in central London it is sometimes hard to grasp the day-to-day reality of CARE International programmes, particularly for those of us like myself not from the… Read more...
Children at Azraq refugee camp in Jordan Children at Azraq refugee camp in Jordan