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What Do You Know About Microfinance?

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In Africa, women are responsible for what percentage of food production?
  • 40%
  • 60%
  • 80% In Africa, women account for more than 60 percent of the rural labor force and can contribute up to 80 percent of food production. But they receive less than 10 percent of credit provided to farmers.
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How many microfinance institutions are there in the world?
  • 5,000
  • 7,000 The World Bank estimates that there are now more than 7,000 microfinance institutions serving some 16 million poor people in developing countries.
  • 10,000
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Just how effective is microfinance? Without microfinance institutions, 4 percent of poor people were able to rise above the poverty line. Eight years later, after microlending was introduced, what happened to this figure?
  • Rose slightly to 10%
  • Rose to 28%
  • 48% With the introduction of the Grameen Bank in Bangledash, 48% of the poorest people rose above the poverty line using credit.
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What percent of the world's poor has access to traditional banks with lending services?
  • 17%
  • 5%
  • 2% About 2 percent of poor people have access to financial services (credit or savings) from sources other than money lenders.
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True or false: The world's 20 richest men could wipe out global poverty. Their combined wealth is more than enough to provide the basic needs of the poorest quarter of the world's people.
  • True
  • False. It would only take the wealth of seven of the world's richest men to eradicate the most severe global poverty.
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