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At Grameen Foundation, our goal is to spur innovation in the global movement to eliminate extreme poverty. Part of that work is to develop better solutions and share them with people like you.

On GF Insights, we share lessons learned from our leaders in the field, news about efforts to expand access to financial and information services for the poor, and how poverty-focused organizations are using data to improve the way they work.

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05/06/2016 by

Over the last year, Grameen Foundation has helped Margdarshak transition to its new role as a business correspondent (or agent) of a commercial bank.

By Raunak Kapoor and Sharada Ramanathan

05/03/2016 by

Grameen Foundation's work with Margdarshak will give clients like Kusum access to a wider range of financial services.

By Raunak Kapoor and Sharada Ramanathan

Editor's note: This is the third post in a series on Grameen Foundation India’s journey with a microfinance institution, Margdarshak Financial Services Pvt. Ltd, as we help it transform from an organization that provides poor clients with credit as its only service, into one that provides a range of financial services by acting as a business correspondent of commercial banks. 

This blog series is based on interviews with three leading banks in India who have rolled out the business correspondent model nationwide. These banks have a loan portfolio of approximately INR 20 billion each. Two of these banks have partnered with more than 40 microfinance institutions (MFIs) each, while the third has partnered with 12 MFIs on the business correspondent model.  

04/25/2016 by Steve Hollingworth

Grameen Foundation Fellow Neil Barsch collects data from a sari-sari shop owner in the Philippines for a project that will allow microfinance clients to repay loans via mobile phones at these local shops.

Last month, I had the opportunity to speak with dozens of Grameen Foundation supporters and volunteers during a live web chat. As part of the Grameen Family, you inspire me, and your questions point to issues at the core of our mission.

You asked: Is it truly possible to reach the poorest of the poor with financial services delivered over mobile phones? What will Grameen Foundation tackle next? Why do we emphasize women, and how can we ensure that women are in the forefront of, rather than left behind, the new wave of digital development? 

And that’s just the beginning. Your questions also touched on the role of culture and language in using digital technology for development, and strategies for financial inclusion going forward.

02/24/2016 by Julie Peachey

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.

02/03/2016 by Steve Hollingworth

Clients at Sonata Microfinance in India, where Grameen Foundation is helping to develop digital loan repayment services.

In our increasingly connected but still profoundly divided world, global income inequality calls out for innovations that benefit the world’s poorest people. In many cases, such innovations start with getting vital financial, agricultural and health information and services to the millions of women and smallholder farmers who make up the majority of the world’s poor.