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In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development

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Two and a half billion people worldwide, most of them desperately poor villagers, need a better way to save and to borrow. Even the most innovative banking institutions can't reach them; savings groups can. In savings groups, members save what they can in a communal pot and loan their growing fund to each other for their short-term needs. Jeffrey Ashe and Kyla Neilan ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published September 15th 2014 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Mal Warwick
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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THE NEW BIBLE FOR WORK WITH POOR PEOPLE.

In an even reasonably rational world, In Their Own Hands would serve as the Bible for development professionals and the basic textbook for students, philanthropists, faith-based activists, and business executives who aspire to improve the lives of poor people. Though this book advocates a particular methodology to promote financial inclusion, it’s the best overall introduction I’ve ever read to working with poor people in the Global South. If you have any
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Kelly Stenhoff
I’ve heard it said that purest and most sustaining form of community development is when an impulse to do service comes to you as an implementer/outside agent and you serve as nothing more than conduit for this energy. Ego or strong self-identification with the project does not enter the picture. When the ribbon is cut, the ululations ring out, and the dancing begins your name is not mentioned. The community takes full credit and full responsibility. You may be present at the ceremony but at ...more
Kris
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I am not sure what I expected when I received this book. I suppose I was thinking of lots of great narrative stories of how the idea of a savings group that starts from actual savings rather than debt can change lives. I did get that, which is awesome. But this book is more than just stories - it is action. How these lives have been changed, and what steps can be enacted to follow in Mr. Ashe's footsteps. It is a how-to for those in development who specialize in microfinance and

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Penny
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting and intriguing for great ideas to help other countries raise money for themselves in practical ways
Naomi
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sharing principles for one great strategy that helps poor people save and mobilize money, recommended for those interested in community development.
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