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Welcome, Valentina! Are you part of the team working on this project? We'd love to learn more about what they've found surprising, challenging and successful along the way.

We also thought you and others here might want to join in conversations on contributions like these:
https://openideo.com/challenge/financial-empowerment-challenge/research/financial-tools-for-youth
https://openideo.com/challenge/financial-empowerment-challenge/research/educational-games-communuty-outreach

Looking forward to seeing you on more conversations across OpenIDEO...

Agreed – this is a really valuable provocation for our challenge, Andre. I'm digging that folks are thinking widely about what constitutes "those who need it most" in our challenge question. Like here: https://openideo.com/challenge/financial-empowerment-challenge/research/from-ex-convict-to-entrepreneur

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Meena commented on Alternative ways for financial empowerment

I'm loving your provocations here, Karine! I think that negative issues underlying microfinance are often swept under the carpet or drowned out by the slick communications put out by microfinance providers themselves. (I also think that minor-savings doesn't get the attention it deserves – based on my observations in India: http://www.randomspecific.com/women-together-incentivising-savings)

You've really hit it on the head for me with asking how we might encourage self sufficiency without imposing our set methods.

We thought you might be interested to join in conversations like this which are highlighting or building upon nuanced local perspectives: https://openideo.com/challenge/financial-empowerment-challenge/research/the-power-of-community-women-together-for-a-change
https://openideo.com/challenge/financial-empowerment-challenge/research/savings-mobilization-modern-piggybanks/
https://openideo.com/challenge/financial-empowerment-challenge/research/bartering-when-money-does-not-work/
and also this one which has formalised an informal process which exists in grassroots communities all over the world (ROSCAs): https://openideo.com/challenge/financial-empowerment-challenge/research/lending-circles-mission-asset-fund

We're amped to have you onboard for this challenge and hope to see more of you across conversations on OpenIDEO.

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Just read your profile for the first time!

When you first posted on my Concept, I thought to myself: "She should do this for a living." :)

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