14. By Any Mean Necessary: Poverty and resourcefulness

Part of the learning involves reading relevant books and articles. The WEvolution staff reflect here on the work of Kathryn J. Edin and Luke Shaefer’s study of the one and a half million families in America who live on 2 $. Chapter 4, ‘By Any Means Necessary’, charts the survival strategies adopted by families. One…

7. How Do Relationships Get Into the Body?

SRGs bring women together in a group. They save, and they relate, naturally. It isn’t a relationship predicated on helping. It is women coming together. A lot of their talk is about the weather and their kids. Why would this make a difference? The evidence emerging from Ratio’s other learning partners and Beca Sandu’s primary…

6. Scarcity: poverty and cognitive bandwidth

Part of the learning involves reflecting on what can be learned from the science of human development. The staff group at WEvolution have been reading relevant books and articles. The work on scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir came to attention because, when women in SRGs talked to Ratio about barriers to enterprise, one…

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