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Blog Posts By: Julie Peachey

02/24/2016

In early 2014, Grameen Foundation made several commitments, as part of the Microcredit Summit Campaign’s 100 Million Project, towards achievement of the collective goal of helping 100 million families escape poverty. Our commitments focused on demonstrating use of the Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®) for measuring household-level poverty, because reaching and lifting people out of poverty requires knowing who is actually poor.

A brief summary of our progress against the three commitments is as follows:

COMMITMENT 1: RELEASE A GLOBAL USE REPORT ON THE PPI
We released the 2014 “Global Use Report” profiling the known users of the PPI at the time with the objective of broadening understanding of the types and locations of organizations utilizing the PPI and the various ways the tool and resulting data has been put to use.

12/12/2013

Cross-posted from NextBillion.net

Grameen Foundation just wrapped up a 4-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in which we worked with CARD Bank in the Philippines to provide access to secure, accessible and convenient savings accounts targeted to the poor. There is lots of talk in the financial inclusion space about partnerships, innovation and getting to scale. By those measures, we feel like this project was a success on all counts – we opened 480,000 new active savings accounts and created the infrastructure for implementation of mobile financial services, while completing a holistic transformation with our partner to ensure a sustainable program.

06/22/2013

Just over three years ago, I found myself in a developing country managing a project that would help about 350,000 poor people save money.