intheirownhandscoverIn Their Own Hands

How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development

by Jeffrey Ashe with Kyla Jagger Neilan
(Berrett-Koehler, 2014)

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A simple, powerful idea: The more than two and a half billion people who live on less than $2 a day need a better way to save and borrow. Savings group members save what they can in a communal pot and loan their growing fund to each other for their short-term needs. Savings groups are a “catalytic innovation” that bypasses subsidies, dependency, and high costs while increasing food security, building assets, and empowering participants. This is the first popular book to tell the story of one of the most important revolutions in international development: self-managing savings groups supporting over eight million people in 65 countries.

Research & Writing

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kleinNaomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
Avi Lewis, This Changes Everything: The Documentary (2015)
Jeffrey Ashe (2012-2013)
Oxfam America (2012-2013)
◘ World Food Program Purchase for Progress (2010-2011)
Valuing Women’s Gardens: Women’s Role in Sustainable Agriculture in Mali (2006)