Economic Empowerment

In 2005, PCI supported the creation of Planned Social Concern (PSC) to address the issues of poverty through providing affordable micro-loans to primarily poor, rural women to assist them in starting their businesses. Today, PSC manages a portfolio that has grown to $2.3 million and that has made more than 47,000 loans totalling more than $17 million.

In addition to microfinance lending, PCI, through a recent partnership with Qualcomm Wireless Reach, is helping to enhance the lives of poor rural women and their families through mobile phone-based technology. The project is using mobile technology to help poor women have improved access to microfinance services and business information.

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