In 2010, YGB partnered with Nishtha in West Bengal and launched SISTER AID, an innovative women’s empowerment micro-loan program. It does not charge interest for loans but requires every borrower to save 50 rupees monthly for their young girls’ education. Starting with 50 women, YGB has grown this program to provide 550 impoverished women (45 groups) with small loans for income-earning businesses.
So far, SISTER AID has helped over 600 young girls every year to continue their primary education while preventing them from being forced into child marriage or labor. Many girls then continue to higher education with our SHE Scholarship for Higher Education, aiming for college degrees. Offering educational opportunities at an early age is the key to optimizing their lives’ impact.