I decided to take a loan, microfinance, from Women for Women.
We now have a network of more than 25 microfinance institutions tapping into commercial capital markets to fund loan portfolios.
Is microfinance really helping the extremely poor—or saddling them with debt they can't repay?
microfinance is also sometimes criticized for not serving the very poorest households, people like Melanie and her family.
Most microfinance institutions charge interest rates well below those that provoked controversy in the article.
Be an assistant teacher at a local school, or work in a health clinic or on a microfinance project.
Then it was on to Rwanda, where she helped found a microfinance institution that serves women.