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A Grassroots Approach to Microlending

A Grassroots Approach to Microlending

How can microlending make a difference in someone’s life? In rural Senegal, access to money-lending associations is limited for remote communities. The external money lenders that do visit the communities often have high-interest rates. This makes it difficult for...
Creating Vibrant Villages Across Rural Senegal

Creating Vibrant Villages Across Rural Senegal

In Senegal, there’s a Wolof proverb: Jangal nit ki napp moo gën di ko may xaalis. Translated, the proverb essentially says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Here at CREATE!, we believe in long-lasting...
VSLA Program Changing Lives

VSLA Program Changing Lives

Sokhna Diop, 32, of Thienaba, has taken part in all of CREATE!’s programs in her village, but says the VSLA program is her favorite. “The VSLA is playing the big role in the community because we all have the opportunity to have credit,” she says. “Many women are...
The Power of Savings

The Power of Savings

Each week, CREATE! cooperative members gather to manage their money in Voluntary Savings and Lending Associations (VSLAs). VSLA members save small amounts of money each week and then make loans to each other to cover business, personal, and household costs....