Microfinance – decent standard of living

01 January 2011

The UNRWA microfinance department provides income-generating opportunities for Palestine refugees, as well as other poor or marginal groups who live and work near them.

It extends credit and complementary financial services to small-business owners, microenterprise entrepreneurs and households. These investments sustain and create jobs, reduce poverty, and empower our clients, particularly women. 

Many of the microfinance department’s clients operate small, often informal businesses on the margins of the economy. They include vegetable stallholders, at-home seamstresses, garage owners and fishermen. 

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