CARE global VSLA reach 2017: An overview of the global reach of CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Association programming

For over 25 years CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) have enabled women living in poverty to increase their financial skills, gain access to and control over resources, and generate economic opportunities and income. This report published in December 2017 provides an overview of the global reach of CARE’s VSLAs.

The report reveals: CARE-supported VSLAs have reached over 6.5 million members, 81% of whom are women, across 46 countries. Members of 317,335 groups of predominantly rural, poor women are collectively saving and investing over $433 million per year. Over 50,000 groups representing 1.3 million members have been supported to open bank accounts across 15 countries.

  • Countries: Global
  • Published: December 2017

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