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2007.04.03
* UNICEF: Micro-financing empowers women and changes lives in Togo * Shoot Date: 29 Mar 2007 Bang on the money. This is anything but a begging bowl. Pittance for a bank, but for these Togolese women each tiny contribution to the cash float helps. It’s recorded for the group and money’s kept under lock and key for when they need it most. Every cent in this micro credit scheme keeps the women’s families on their feet and also shakes up this male dominated rural society. Mainly the scheme helps the women, like this widow, grow their small businesses without waiting to make profit first. SOUNBITE () Vigoumide Ahouagbe, Microfinance Recipient: “What’s different now with the micro credit is that I can buy the raw products immediately so I can do more business quicker.” Her daughter is back at school now. Thanks to the micro credit project, more and more of the poorest children are going to school since their mothers can now pay school fees. The women have built a new mill with the profits from their businesses and it’s helped speed up the time they spend getting the finest grain out of cassava, the staple diet in much of West Africa, and making sure there’s a constant supply of cooked grain to sell and to nourish their families. Francois’ husband is sickly and not able to work. The rub off effect of the project has meant the beginnings of real power for her and other women. SOUNDBITE (English) Vincent Kome Liggie, Coordinator, Micro Credit Project: “In the beginning the men were a little jealous, but with time they changes and recognized that it was a good thing and they do the same as the women now, they form associations and apply for micro credit now. Today, to have economic power is to have the power, now in the village, the women have the power, they have the economic power.” Francois has even managed to send her son to university because of the project and that has made her proud. SOUNDBITE () Francoise Kayi Afanoue: Microfinance Recipient: “I am really happy because it has given me the respect of the whole village.” It’s by no means perfect, but it has gone a long way to ease a heavy burden from these women and given them the chance to make choices in their lives.
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