Aishwarya Rai, actress and Year of Microcredit spokesperson
"Throughout my travels, I have learned that we can
do much more to help women and children who are economically vulnerable.
By giving low-income women access to credit and savings, they can
increase their incomes, build assets and better the lives of their
families. They are able to spend their money on what is important
to them: medical care, better food and education for their children.
In my home country of India, I have seen the beauty in empowering
women. It is up to us to give them a chance and along with the United
Nations and microfinance we are doing just that."