This Week in Poverty: Will Pennsylvania Rip Another Hole in the Safety Net?
April 13, 2012
Dr. Mariana Chilton, a co-principal investigator for Children's HealthWatch and founder of Witnesses to Hunger, was featured in Greg Kaufmann's weekly blog for the Nation. Dr. Chilton proposes that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program test a group micro-lending project through financial literacy training, nutrition education, access to banking services and microfinance in the form of small loans of less than $1200. These efforts would be undertaken by groups of ten to fifteen women who would meet weekly to encourage each other to save funds, repay loands and provide social support.
Dr. Chilton's idea is partly influenced by the Society for the Elimination of Poverty (SERP) in India. On May 2-4 in Philadelphia, SERP representatives and participants from India will be joining Childton and Witness to Hunger participants at the Beyond Hunger: Real People, Real Solutions conference.
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