Microfinancing Resources–June 2009
This site of the Grameen foundation offers a wealth of information about micro-financing. It gives an overview of what it is as well as specific examples of successful projects.
One Hen is the story of Kojo, a young boy from Ghana who uses a small loan to purchase a single hen. Through the newly-launched OneHen Web site, children interact one-on-one in a virtual village with microfinance. The site features interactive games where children can earn beads and then “loan” them to small businesses in the virtual marketplace, allowing them to see firsthand the power one small action can make in the lives of many. For each bead loaned, the site makes a donation to actual poor entrepreneurs through Opportunity International, a global microfinance organization.
Opportunity International is a global leader in building microfinance banks for the working poor. This organization strives to reach the world’s poorest people through its microenterprise development programs. Recognizing that the large majority of the world’s poorest people are women and that they contribute decisively to the well-being of their families, Opportunity International makes it a priority to support programs that serve the particular needs of women.