Partner Since: 2010
Current Number of Clients Being Served: Approximately 30,000
2016 GDP per Capita (Nominal): $1,723 (3% of USA)
How does one empower the overwhelming number of materially poor on the outskirts of Kolkata, India? The Christian Service Society (CSS) has been doing it for 25+ years with initial micro-loans of $70 or less. CSS loan officers ride the Indian Railway for up to two hours each way to reach their clients – 90% of whom are women and 99% Hindu or Muslim. CSS uses the surplus from the microfinance to support residential programs for at-risk girls and boys, village pre-primary education centers, teen tutoring programs, animal husbandry programs, and more.