The growing involvement and influence of women in philanthropy has gone largely unrecognized, despite the ripple effect that it has had on economies of households across the continent. Traditional modes of giving that are the becoming bedrock of many women’s livelihoods and by extension, their societies’. These practices are not well documented and their impact is under researched. For instance, the inner working as well as impact of women’s savings and credit groups (also referred to as ‘giving cycles’) is severely under represented in philanthropic statistics. The popularity and prevalence of these Groups implies that research on their research would be particularly important in exploring how wealth is distributed in African communities, and the impact this has on women. So, it’s important we ask!

Savings and Credit Groups Report (FinalDraft 2910) (2)