women microentrepreneurs

Vanaja runs a business in Bengaluru, but it hasn’t always been easy

Vanaja runs a business in Bengaluru, but it hasn’t always been easy

Aye Finance client shares how a small business loan improved her life Vanaja TS’s world came apart when she lost her...

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From Eyelets to Empanadas: Meeting our Client, Dora

By Jessica Lynn Wickman Last night, the skies opened up and doused Asunción, Paraguay with winter rain. It’s a brief...

Behind the scenes of a solidarity group

Behind the scenes of a solidarity group

One by one, the women are entering the patio. Some have brought their children who are quiet at first but...

Candle Making as a Financial Empowerment Tool?

Candle Making as a Financial Empowerment Tool?

My first day in the field I learned how to make candles.  This may come as a bit of a...

Client Story: Nagamabanu Sarmukhtyarbhai Bagvan

Client Story: Nagamabanu Sarmukhtyarbhai Bagvan

For the last fifteen years, Nagmaben has lived in the Juhapura area of Ahmedabad  with her family, including her two children....

Getting to the Classroom: Let’s get Mobilised!

Getting to the Classroom: Let’s get Mobilised!

So we’ve had an insight into the Dialogue on Business training methodology in practice in urban Ahmedabad, Gujarat (Welcome to...

A (long) Day in the Life of a Compartamos Loan Officer

A (long) Day in the Life of a Compartamos Loan Officer

In my last post, I mentioned that my first introduction to real microfinance through two different client site visits in Toluca...

Welcome to Gujarat: Lessons from the Field in Ahmedabad

Welcome to Gujarat: Lessons from the Field in Ahmedabad

It’s lunchtime; I jump into a rickshaw with Jaya, a trainer working with one of Accion’s Dialogue on Business (DoB)...

Something’s cooking

Something’s cooking

I had the pleasure to meet again with the staff of the Swadhaar Meghwadi branch. You may remember that I...

Microfinance in the ‘Real Mexico’

Microfinance in the ‘Real Mexico’

Oaxaca is a state often referred to as “The Real Mexico”. Its rich indigenous roots combined with a strong colonial...