Interview: Newsweek Female-Focused Loans in Afghanistan

Newsweek recently conducted an interview with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon who has spent years researching female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan.   She has a new book out called Dressmaker of Khair Khana

According to Ms. Lemmon:

Microfinance is a part of the solution, but it should not be confused with the solution.

Logo Read the full interview here: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Female-Focused Loans – Newsweek.

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2 Responses to Interview: Newsweek Female-Focused Loans in Afghanistan

  1. Gayle Lemmon says:

    Thanks for the mention of the article and the book. Hope you might make one of the book events around The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (dates at . The blogging is great and I enjoyed the site. Best with your terrific work – Gayle

    • SophieGuerin says:


      Thank you for your positive comment. Many of the women in our MPA program are interested in working in microfinance and it is something that we discuss quite often as a policy tool. I’ve always been wary of the argument that it can be used to “cure” poverty but I rarely hear otherwise. Thus when I read your interview, I appreciated your well reasoned and nuanced argument – that microfinance is just one of many tools available to policy makers, NGOs and international organizations.

      Though I live in Paris, I will just so happen to be in DC the week of March 15th to take the Foreign Service oral interviews. I would love to attend the event on either March 17th or 19th and chat with you in further detail.

      Thank you & congratulations again on your extraordinary book. – Sophie

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