Microlending Thinks Bigger

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Market Demand To help restore Haiti's economy, larger loans are needed

These days, Yanick Mézile darts between her demanding job as Haiti's new Minister for Women and her wholesale business, where her six employees sell goods to a city ravaged by the devastating earthquake two years ago. On Saturdays, Mézile oversees the work in Port-au-Prince's hectic marketplace, doing a brisk trade in luggage, school supplies and dozens of other items. "Things were really bad after the quake," she says, "but I'd say I am more or less back to where I was before."

In a country still struggling to recover, Mézile is a...

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