I asked women on the line two simple questions. How does it feel to be a business woman? How has your microcredit project helped you? Here are some of their replies.
feel independent. I've got more self-worth.
the women in the market and the community, we are all working, everyone
is working nicely. We have combined our loans
feel in control of my life, in business and personally. The project gives
me a sense of security - a back-up"
It's so great to be in charge of my own life and the way I live it. The
project has given me the confidence to set up my own business"
level of self-esteem has increased because she is now able to stand in
front of people to advise them to do any activity, at first she couldn't
do that; and her image as a woman has been enhanced because of the money."
my own work to make a living is excellent. It encourages a feeling of
independence and reduces fears on all levels. The group support is essential
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we just gave loans to people, I don't think we'd get half of them back.
But its the support group, the lending circle that really keeps people