Micro-Credit in Africa
Micro-Credit in Africa (MICA) devotes itself to the education and empowerment of women in Niger. As an organization, it works to improve the socioeconomic status of women by helping them gain economic autonomy through micro-credit, health, and literacy education projects. MICA’s flagship program is its Oxcart Project. As an income-generating project, MICA rents oxcarts to women in its programs. The women in turn rent their transportation services to people in their community. With these rental revenues, the women can then purchase the oxcart from MICA.
“Through learning assistance, I am now somebody and I make enough money to depend on no one. I want to use my life to tell all people not to give up hope. Where there is a will, there is a way.”
“Before MICA’s intervention, things were very tough – especially with Zenaibou’s (Abdou’s daughter’s) school fees; I couldn’t bear to take her out of school but there was no other way. I have seen women lawyers, teachers, doctors, and I dreamed the same for my daughter because I knew she had the potential, but how could we keep from starving without her help?”
(Now the President of MICA’s Mothers Club)