Great new research sheds light on coupling microfinance, gender, and HIV training curriculum to improve household economic well-being, women’s empowerment, and reduce at-risk behavior such as unprotected sex. Critics (and supporters alike) of microfinance have long positioned the industry as incapable of solving poverty on its own. This however is precisly what is needed – a coupling of various treatments to solve vital issues that taken in the aggregate all severely affect individuals living in poverty.
Access to finance cannot do it alone. Nor will access to health-care or even education. It is time cross-sectoral collaboration is positioned at the front of the fight against poverty.
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