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    India: an unusual alliance helps village women.

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    CHOICES. 2001 Mar; 13-5.

    The South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme (SAPAP) provides new hope to poor women in regions such as Anantpur, India. Financially supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and working in partnership with the state government and local non-government organizations, the project provides financial aid to income-generation activities. Before SAPAP, these women faced futures of perpetual debt to moneylenders for money to raise their children. Yet with SAPAP, these women shifted from wage labor to self-help or self-employment. Supplementary loans, used mainly to buy livestock, seeds, sewing machines and, occasionally, auto rickshaws, have been made to these women by the UNDP, the UN International Partnership Trust Fund, or local banks. The women contribute a weekly fee, and so far no one has defaulted on her loan. The SAPAP/UNDP program has also addressed the issue of child labor in Anantpur. Three residential schools, each with 100 students, have been set up to rehabilitate child workers.
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