Abstract

Over the last few decades, microfinance has been considered one of the most important strategies in alleviating poverty and addressing food-security issues. For years, microfinance prviders have recognized that poverty and poor health are so intimately connected that it is virtually impossible to distinguish between the causes of one and the effects of the other. Many microfinance leaders and field agents report that health problems are often given as the reason clients fail to repay loans or build and sustain successful income-generating activities. In recent years, we have begun to see how the microfinance sector is increasingy becoming recognized as an effective platform for providing vital health education, products and services.