We are usually passionate about supporting micro-credit/micro-loan economic activities for rural women in developing countries. Here is a perspective that will make you think about the existing policies and programs for economic development. Chris Blattman says,

“We also randomly evaluated the paternalistic part–whether social workers held the women accountable for investing the money in business, and provided follow-up visits and advice. This actually boosted incomes (by some measures at least), but not so much that it was worth the expensive follow-up. Better, we argue, to just give more women more cash. Or find a way to deliver the support and accountability cheaply.”