2006 CGAP Photo Contest

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A women weaves baskets to earn a living in Andhra Pradesh, India.
(Srinivasa Rao Allamsetty) 1 of 10
FIRST PLACE: Basket Weaver
India

Photo by Srinivasa Rao Allamsetty

A woman weaves baskets to earn a living in Andhra Pradesh, India. 

Photo by Srinivasa Rao Allamsetty. A woman weaves baskets to earn a living in Andhra Pradesh, India.
A group of women specializing in cake making. Bohicon, Zou, Benin
(Romuald Blaise Gnacadja) 2 of 10
SECOND PLACE: Cake Makers
Benin

Photo by Romuald Blaise Gnacadja

A group of women specializing in cake making. Bohicon, Zou, Benin

Photo by Romuald Blaise Gnacadja. A group of women specializing in cake making. Bohicon, Zou, Benin
The salt pans near Urumbamba, Peru, built by the Inca more than six centuries ago, are now run by a local cooperative. A natural spring high in salt content is diverted into a series of shelves in the mountain. When the water evaporates, the salt is harve
(Christopher Burns) 3 of 10
Salt Pans
Peru

Photo by Christopher Burns

The salt pans near Urumbamba, Peru, are run by a local cooperative. 

Photo by Christopher Burns. The salt pans near Urumbamba, Peru, are run by a local cooperative.
Three years ago, when Marcelino Hernandez lost his job at a local factory in Xotla, Mexico, Clara took out a $250 microfinance loan and they used it to open up a vegetable stand. Three loans later, the business has grown from a tiny stand into a large sto
(Rohanna Mertens) 4 of 10
Vegetable Stand
Mexico

Photo by Rohanna Mertens

When Marcelino Hernandez lost his job at a local factory, Clara took out a microfinance loan to open up a vegetable stand. 

Photo by Rohanna Mertens. When Marcelino Hernandez lost his job at a local factory, Clara took out a microfinance loan to open up a vegetable stand.
Across the world, two-thirds of microfinance clients are women. In South Asia it`s as high as 98 percent, offering them opportunities to help themselves
(Dave and Kendra Larson) 5 of 10
Woman in Street
Sri Lanka

Photo by Dave and Kendra Larson

Across the world, two-thirds of microfinance clients are women. In South Asia, its as high as 98 percent, offering them opportunities to help themselves.

Photo by Dave and Kendra Larson. Two-thirds of microfinance clients are women. In South Asia, its as high as 98 percent.
Gina Panuela tends to her weaving loom. In the Philippines, weavers have banded together to form a business.
(Ron Londen) 6 of 10
Weaver
The Philippines

Photo by Ron Londen

Gina Panuela tends to her weaving loom. In the Philippines, weavers have banded together to form a business. 

Photo by Ron Londen Gina Panuela tends to her weaving loom. In the Philippines, weavers have banded together to form a business.
Some Sri Lankan fishermen use loans and savings services to help them develop their fishing enterprises.
(Dave and Kendra Larson) 7 of 10
Fishermen
Sri Lanka

Photo by Dave and Kendra Larson

Some Sri Lankan fishermen use loans and savings services to help them develop their fishing enterprises. 

Photo by Dave and Kendra Larson. Some Sri Lankan fishermen use loans and savings services to help them develop their fishing enterprises.
Soap maker Collette Kouessivi stirs a boiling soap mixture at her home. Three years ago, she received her first loan from ACCION`s partner, PADME, and now she says `I`ve even begun to save.
(Unknown) 8 of 10
Soap Maker
Ghana

Soap maker Collette Kouessivi stirs a boiling soap mixture at her home. Three years ago, she received her first loan from ACCION`s partner, PADME. 

Soap maker Collette Kouessivi stirs a boiling soap mixture at her home. Three years ago, she received her first loan from ACCION`s partner, PADME.
Gaeten Dery goes to clients where they work, making it more convenient and cost effective for them to make payments.
(Ron Londen) 9 of 10
Susu Collector
Ghana

Photo by Ron Londen

Gaeten Dery goes to clients where they work, making it more convenient and cost effective for them to make payments. 

Photo by Ron Londen. Gaeten Dery goes to clients where they work, making it more convenient and cost effective for them to make payments.
A woman travels down the road with her cattle.
(Srinivasa Rao Allamsetty) 10 of 10
Andhra Pradesh
India

Photo by Srinivasa Rao Allamsetty

A woman travels down the road with her cattle. 

Photo by Srinivasa Rao Allamsetty. A woman travels down the road with her cattle.