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Nations strive to reach Millennium Goals

(September 22nd, 2010)

World leaders in New York are reviewing the progress of the so-called Millennium Development Goals, a set of concrete goals most countries agreed to at the end of the 90s aimed at improving the quality of life for billions. But the deal was signed before the global financial crisis hit. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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U.N. plan helps poor get home loans

(April 3rd, 2009)

A new plan from the United Nations’ housing agency may help the poor get home loans. Gretchen Wilson reports on how the program may work.

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Pig donations bring home the bacon

(December 24th, 2007)

In some parts of Lesotho, annual income is $100 a year. But a $195 donation can buy a family an income-generating piglet that can boost that income substantially. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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‘Oh, so I was in an abusive relationship’

(August 27th, 2007)

A South African group has added a twist to its mircofinancing practice by providing additional training to its entrepreneurs — which is allowing some women to say “no” to their husbands for the first time. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Now Africa turns to microsaving

(August 9th, 2007)

Women make up 80 percent of Africa’s subsistence farmers and food traders, but most have nowhere to save what little money they earn. One group has an idea to help change that: an African women’s bank. Gretchen Wilson has details.

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Lending a shared interest to South Africa

(August 8th, 2007)

The subprime mortgage meltdown is making it harder for nearly everyone to get loans, which makes a particular group of Massachusetts lenders all the more unusual. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Character-based Loans Grow in Kenya

(May 16th, 2007)

Microlending is having a major impact in Kenya, sparking as many as 40,000 small businesses as its poorest residents take advantage of the new opportunity. And with reputations on the line, the payback rate is outstanding, Gretchen Wilson reports.

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