The Hand Speaks

“I have not been to school. Not even for a single day.” Anna’s high and elegant cheekbones dance as she speaks. “Why not?” I ask her. “My father was very much against educating girls. None of my sisters went to school either. Only my brothers.” With colleague Hawa...

Technology and My Oral Village

On Saturday I presented the concept of My Oral Village at the Toronto International Microfinance Summit, and after the talk, was approached by many young people asking questions. They told me the MOVE concept is ‘cool’. But older people often react...

Why Not?

  Why are there not finger-counting icons and/or tallies (see right) on every passbook owned by every illiterate client in microfinance? Arrayed as a legend along the bottom or the side of the passbook, or printed on the back cover, this provides support to clients...