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See change for women persecuted for their faith and excluded because of their gender

Rikiya was still mourning her husband when Boko Haram attacked her village in northern Nigeria. She lost everything. But microloans are helping Rikiya and women like her - with your support, they are getting back on the path to self-sufficiency. Women who are persecuted for their faith and their gender can see change.



"Honestly, if not for the loan I received to rear these goats, I don’t know what I would have done."
- Rikiya, northerh Nigeria
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