Empowering Women to Fight Poverty

Written by on December 18, 2008 in Helping Without Hurting, Notes By The Way with 0 Comments

In Muhammed Yunnus’ book, Banker to the Poor, he writes about their decisions to prioritize loans to poor women. He says the women were more likely to invest additional income for the long term benefit of the family and slowly raise the family’s standard of living. Men, however, were in general more likely to spend extra money on themselves. Obviously, it makes sense to empower responsible men; the point is that people on the ground amidst poverty recognize this practical value in empowering women.

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About the Author: Andy Gray is a writer and photographer living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with Alongsiders International. You can find him puttering around the streets of Phnom Penh on his Suzuki Viva 125, running stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road or on the sidewalks like a local. If you see him in a coffee shop, he'll be the one typing and deleting the same line over and over again. .

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