Women & Microlending

There's been some tumult in the microlending world. It came out that microlending companies were making more than a micro-sized profit off of their microloans to women, which pissed off a lot of the women who were scrapping every penny together to make their loans on time.

It's a conundrum: many micro-lending institutions are for-profit companies. While their mission is always interpreted as purely pro-social, they are actually just private businesses who made a decision to do business with a niche market segment - women in developing countries - and happened to make a profit off of doing so. Yes, they lent capital to those who had none, but they also targeted a very responsible (and responsive!) consumer base: mothers.

Ironically enough, the eradication of poverty is good for capitalism.

So the outrage over profit margins begs the question - how much do women fundamentally buy into the idea of profit itself? Individual profit, that is?

If they are working for their families, and receive money for their work, do women on a certain level conceive of money as a communal item?