Groups Encourage Micro-Loans To Help Country's Development
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 6, 2006
DHAKA, BANGLADESH--Officials with disability groups encouraged the government and private organizations Thursday to reduce poverty in Bangladesh by providing small business loans to people with disabilities.
According to The Daily Star, speakers at a meeting entitled 'Micro-credit for the hardcore poor and participation of the people with disability' said that it is impossible for the country to develop properly without including people with disabilities in the mainstream of society.
The meeting was organized by disability organizations, which pointed out that people -- especially women -- with disabilities face a high degree of discrimination, even from within their own families.
And even though 10 percent of government jobs have been set aside for people with disabilities, many cannot take advantage of the work because they have not received the necessary education or training.
Mosharraf Hossain, from Action on Disability and Development, said that making a micro-credit financing program available and accessible to those who want to start their own businesses would help "empower" them and help the entire country to develop.
"Micro-credit to people with disability to reduce poverty" (The Daily Star)