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When natural disasters strike they do not discriminate between the social structures. Those who are in an economically sufficient may face the losses but their properties etc are insured. Those who are not so economically solvent, especially those from the developing countries may not have adequate means to cope with disasters. In such situations micro-credit very useful. This has been defined as the

"provision of thrift credit and other financial services and products of very small amounts to the poor in rural, semi rural and urban areas for enabling them to increase their income and improve their living standards."

The features of micro-credit make it a potential instrument of social development, women's empowerment and property alleviation. Micro- credit at the grass root level makes a considerable difference. It allows millions with better option for livelihood. This movement has gained sufficient strength through network linkages with other groups at the global, national and local network.

In SAARC countries for instance, formal banking have developed operations with micro-finance groups, making them more viable and sustainable. They have assumed the shape of a silent revolution in the countryside. This as very helpful during the Tsunami recovery period and it gave micro finance an opportunity to be reviewed and assess the support it needed at various levels to make it sustainable in such situations, to examine the various levels of strengths to make it sustainable in such situation, especially in the rising trends of disasters across the globe. Weblinks
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