Innayatou Souradji watched her mother and grandmother work hard at home and in the fields without having the opportunity to go to school. She is determined not to follow that same path and dreams of becoming a doctor when she finishes her studies. Innayatou was able to stay in school thanks to a scholarship that she received through the World Bank-financed Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Project (SWEDD) which has already provided more than 100,000 young girls with scholarships and other material support. www.worldbank.org/africa?cid=ECR_YT_WorldBank_EN_EXT
The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. Established in 1960, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing loans (called “credits”) and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions.
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