The most remote regions in Mauritania lacked access to financial services, essential for small scale agriculture production, storage, distribution and other income generating activities. Existing lending institutions based in Mauritania were hesitant in making investments in programs to provide loans to community members, because of the high lending risk associated with extreme poverty and their lack of experience in rural areas.

Counterpart International built the institutional and technical capacity of its partner Caisse d’Epargne et Credit Djikké-Mutuel (CECD-M) to deliver microfinance services in seven rural municipalities of Mauritania.

Here’s a look at how Counterpart and its partners built the capacity of local community members to deliver microfinance services in the the most vulnerable areas of the country.

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