Women Hold Up Half the Sky

Abby Zimet

Citing the marginalization and brutalization of women around the world,
and the growing recognition that helping them is one of the most
effective ways to fight global poverty, the Times' Nicholas Kristof
tells the story of Saima Muhammad, a
Pakistani woman in the slums outside Lahore who transformed her life
with a $65 loan from the Kashf Foundation. The first microfinance
institution in Pakistan and the first to target poor women, Kashf -
meaning miracle, revelation, self-discovery - has given $202 million to
almost 306,000 clients, mostly women in developing countries. It functions collectively: A group of 25 women jointly provide collateral by insuring each other. To learn
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