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Around the world, conflict and disaster turn people's lives upside-down and force them to flee their homes. These people are then separated from their jobs, businesses, and farms. They work hard to make ends meet, but they hardly get by. Many try to start small businesses to support their families but just don’t have the resources to get going.
ARC’s microenterprise development programs provide people with the resources that will make their small business take off. ARC provides small loans and grants to entrepreneurs - often all a person needs is a loan of $50 to start a business that will support their entire family. ARC also teaches entrepreneurs the skills and knowledge they’ll need to make their business survive and be successful.
ARC’s microenterprise development programs are critical to helping local Africans rebuild productive lives and families. However, this microenterprise development programs do more than increase income and build self-sufficiency for these individuals. They contribute to economic growth, alleviate poverty, and reduce unemployment for entire communities. Microenterprise development programs are one of the most powerful ways of creating lasting and widespread change.
ARC runs Microenterprise Development programs in: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Balkans, Sri Lanka, Rwanda and Sudan.
ARC's Microenterprise Development Services:
Nearly 95% of the micro-loans made by ARC are repaid in full by loan recipients - a far higher repayment rate than banks in the U.S. and Europe enjoy.
More than 75% of ARC’s loan and business skills training recipients are women.
A study of 63 countries found that improving women’s education and opportunities was the single most important factor in reducing childhood malnutrition.
Read the micropaper: Refuge to Return: Operational Lessons for Serving Mobile Populations in Conflict-Affected Environments
Get an update on microfinance in Liberia and Sierra Leone in Notes From the Field: Robust Microfinance Sectors Post Conflict
Read the new Sail Manual: A Stepped Approach for Improving Livelihoods