2007 CGAP Photo Contest

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Muslim women embroider cloth in Birbhum, West Bengal. Microfinance services enable these women to purchase cloth, thread, and other materials they need to support their microenterprise.
(Tapas Banerjee) 1 of 11
FIRST PLACE: Muslim Women Embroider
India

Photo by Tapas Banerjee

Microfinance services enable these women to purchase cloth, thread, and other materials they need to support their microenterprise.

Photo by Tapas Banerjee. Microfinance services enable these women to purchase cloth, thread, and other materials they need to support their microenterprise.
A fisherman stands among the paddy fields in Bangladesh.
(Michael Foley) 2 of 11
SECOND PLACE: Fishing in the Paddy
Bangladesh

Photo by Michael Foley

A fisherman stands among the paddy fields in Bangladesh. 

Photo by Michael Foley. A fisherman stands among the paddy fields in Bangladesh.
A sheep breeder stands holding a baby sheep in the midst of a snow shower.
(Aizada Subanbekova) 3 of 11
THIRD PLACE: Diligent Sheep Breeder
Kyrgyzstan

Photo by Aizada Subanbekova

A sheep breeder stands holding a baby sheep in the midst of a snow shower. 

Photo by Aizada Subanbekova. A sheep breeder stands holding a baby sheep in the midst of a snow shower.
A farmer in Bangladesh fixes her paddy plants.
(Mohammed Rakibul Hasan) 4 of 11
Farmer Fixing Paddy Plants
Bangladesh

Photo by Mohammed Rakibul Hasan

A farmer in Bangladesh fixes her paddy plants. 

Photo by Mohammed Rakibul Hasan. A farmer in Bangladesh fixes her paddy plants.
In Bogota, many street kids make a living from tourists. These coins are payment for giving directions.
(Fernando Decillis) 5 of 11
Plaza Bolivar
Colombia

Photo by Fernando Decillis

In Bogota, many street kids make a living from tourists. These coins are payment for giving directions. 

Photo by Fernando Decillis. In Bogota, many street kids make a living from tourists. These coins are payment for giving directions.
A microfinance project includes a water purification system that allows people from different villages to buy clean drinking water at low costs.
(Corjan Rink) 6 of 11
Woman with Water Containers
Bangladesh

Photo by Corjan Rink

A microfinance project includes a water purification system that allows people from different villages to buy clean drinking water at low costs.

Photo by Corjan Rink. A microfinance project includes a water purification system allowing people to buy clean drinking water at low costs.
Making a kiln from mud, Al-Kufa, Najaf, Iraq. The kiln will be used to make bread.
(Sultan Hussein Ali) 7 of 11
Man Making Kiln
Iraq

Photo by Sultan Hussein Ali

A man molds a kiln from mud in Al-Kufa, Najaf, Iraq. The kiln will be used to make bread.

Photo by Sultan Hussein Ali. A man molds a kiln from mud in Al-Kufa, Najaf, Iraq. The kiln will be used to make bread.
These two women meet at a weekly market in Bah Ha, Northern Vietnam, after selling their crops. Many poor people in Vietnam get loans to breed chickens and ducks, process garments, or develop other small businesses
(Celine Ferre) 8 of 11
Two Women in Ba Ha
Vietnam

Photo by Celine Ferre

These two women get loans to breed chickens and ducks, process garments, or develop other small businesses

Photo by Celine Ferre. These two women get loans to breed chickens and ducks, process garments, or develop other small businesses
Selling bananas in a market in Dhaka
(Pit Buehler) 9 of 11
Top Down
Bangladesh

Photo by Pit Buehler

In the early start-up phase, microfinance institutions often require subsidy. But over time they are able to cover their business costs. 

Photo by Pit Buehler. In the early start-up phase, microfinance institutions often require subsidy. But over time they are able to cover their business costs.
This motorbike repair shop is a very lucrative business in Indonesia. It is supported by the Bank Perkreditan Rakyat, a microfinance institution.
(Pauline Habel) 10 of 11
Motorbike Repair Shop
Indonesia

Photo by Pauline Habel

This motorbike repair shop is a very lucrative business in Indonesia. It is supported by the Bank Perkreditan Rakyat, a microfinance institution. 

Photo by Pauline Habel. This motorbike repair shop is a lucrative business in Indonesia supported by the Bank Perkreditan Rakyat, a microfinance institution.
 This photograph was taken during the winter season when quilt making is at its peak in India. Women, mostly from rural areas, come to the cities to beat cotton out under the sun and use it to fill quilts.
(Vikram Joy) 11 of 11
Beating Cotton
India

Photo by Vikram Joy

Women, mostly from rural areas, come to the cities to beat cotton out under the sun and use it to fill quilts.

Photo by Vikram Joy. Women, mostly from rural areas, come to the cities to beat cotton out under the sun and use it to fill quilts.