Micro Enterprises in the Americas
By Angela Ventura
CanElsa International Group
Tel. (519) 971-7777 . Fax (519) 971-0567
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Women represent more than half of the
Hemisphere's population, but indeed they are the most vulnerable
ones. The ones who suffer the most!
But, it is increasingly accepted today that in many respects
women are the most important factors in improving the health and
nutrition of their children, and thus, that investments in
education, health and nutrition for women have a strong multiplier
effect. Essentially, all programs directed to women work
effectively and women are central players in reducing hunger and
poverty line. In the rural areas in the South, for example,
an estimated of 45% of the rural population are living below of
the property line and, of those 70% are women. For this
reason, in the Western Hemisphere, there is a need to allocate
funds to empower women in different activities such as: Micro
There must be programs in place that will focus on credit and
micro enterprises schemes aiming to provide credit to women.
High repayment rates, successfully development of micro
enterprises, increases in income and savings, and not least
characterize those programs, the social empower of women.
A major objective of all countries assisting the hungry, must
be to promote sustainable improvements in income earnings
capacity, so that poor communities can become self-supporting.
In many communities the key to this is the provision of small
loans for the purchase productive assets and the support of micro
enterprises. Further, programs can be low-cost and sustainable, if
they build pragmatically on existing community structures.
There are existing programs and others underway to finance some
of the smallest business ever created: women who sell tortillas,
tamales, beverages, vegetables, paper bags, flowers, and thousands
more! But the most important, is to recognizes that women are the
ones who make a great difference in their lives and their
Therefore, women and micro enterprises are two issues that must
be considered in the Summit of the Americas, due to the importance
of poverty elimination in the Hemisphere.