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POLITICS

 |  11-minute read
Rural India, Microfinance, Panchayati Raj

How one man is changing the face of housing in rural India

His Swarna Pragati model is just one of the many creative ways panchayats can become harbingers of a larger revolution.

MONEY

 |  12-minute read
Women Empowerment, Microfinance, Self-help groups

Empowering women is paying off in rural India, literally

Self-help groups, of 10-20 poor women from similar backgrounds who pool their savings into a fund, are the biggest generators of social capital in villages.

POLITICS

 |  8-minute read
Farmer suicides, MFIs, Microfinance

Why microfinance is an ugly word in India's villages

It is now becoming a potential site of an emerging repayment crisis.

MONEY

 |  6-minute read
Panchayati Raj, Rural India, Microfinance

Microfinance or debt trap? Here's what the poor don't know

It is built on the false belief that credit is the most vital need of the marginalised.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Self-help groups, Microfinance, Farmer suicides

Where farmers are committing suicide, a lesson in what women can do

If you want to see the credibility of poor women borrowers, you must visit villages in the suicide-prone Yavatmal district of Maharashtra.

MONEY

 |  6-minute read
Microfinance, Demonetisation

Demonetisation has hit microfinance hard (and no one's talking about it)

We must not forget the caution: 'Microcredit is microdebt'.