Saturday, October 8, 2011

An elegant solution?

When micro-loans are your only chance of moving out of poverty, wouldn’t you do anything within your power to ensure you remain eligible for them? Even if it means doing things you would otherwise never even contemplate, like staying off drink, and ensuring that your womenfolk eat healthy.

That’s exactly what an organization in rural Maharastra is doing- offering micro-loans only to families where the haemoglobin levels of the women is at least 12. In traditional households, women and girls receive less nutrition than men, which impacts haemoglobin levels. Isn’t this a elegant way to improve the status of women?

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Jan Morrison said...

Yes, it is, if somewhat parental. Can they eat better without financial help, though?

kmckendry said...

Beautiful picture. I'm with Jan in wondering if they can afford to eat better even when they want to. But I suppose in order to find the best solution a lot of ideas need to be tried. Hopefully it helps.

Chuck said...

Sounds like a positive incentive...and a good one.

Diandra said...

This is a good idea, but I know that some people will have low haemoglobin no matter what, and what happens to them?

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - That's a really interesting solution! Certainly it calls attention to the tragedy of under-nutrition and the role of women. If those two problems are resolved, that's a good thing.


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