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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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03/16/2015 by

By Caroline Mwende

Dorcas Wanjiru

Dorcas Wanjiru is a small-scale farmer from Banana, an area in central Kenya that is rich in agricultural production. When we arrive at her home, she is in the farm but quickly comes over and gladly welcomes us into her home.

It is a small piece of land; less than an acre. She lives here with her husband and four children and also carries out her farming activities here.

Central Kenya, like most highland regions of the country, has high population densities, which means the majority of the population lives on small pieces of land. There is not much land for farming and this has resulted in declining yields. In spite of this, the majority of the people still practice agriculture.

However, there is now a considerable shift from crop to livestock farming and more specifically to dairy farming.

"I mainly focus on dairy," Dorcas told us. "My two cows don’t require a lot of space and unlike my crops, with dairy, I am also assured of getting a little income every month from my cooperative." 

03/16/2015 by

By Sharada Ramanathan and Rajesh Sinha

Center Meeting

Our first two posts talked about how Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFC)-Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) who wish to become Business Correspondents (BCs), offering multiple banking products can effectively influence:

In this post, we turn our attention to the third pillar of organizational success—customers—and discuss ways for MFIs to engage effectively with them to drive product adoption and usage.

03/11/2015 by

Muhammad YunusAt the 17th Microcredit Summit in Merida, Mexico, Grameen Foundation President Alex Counts and Senior Program Specialist Frank Ballard interviewed Professor Muhammad Yunus, a founding member of Grameen Foundation's board of directors. He spoke extensively about the growing impact of social businesses globally and offered important words of advice to young people. Excerpts appear below.

Grameen Foundation: Professor Yunus, tell us about your recent travels and work.

03/10/2015 by

We're pleased that two services built on our MOTECH platform won a Global Mobile Award at the 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress. Mobile Academy and Mobile Kunji, as a package, received the 'Best Product or Service for Women in an Emerging Market'. The services are based in India. 

Mobile Academy uses mobile technology to train community health workers to deliver information to families. They can take the course by dialing a short mobile number from any mobile handset.

02/27/2015 by Alex Counts

Alex Counts will be speaking today at noon at a forum on "Financial Services for the Poor: Lessons and Implications of the Latest Research on Credit" hosted by the World Bank. You can follow the discussions live at http://live.worldbank.org/financial-services-for-the-poor. Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @GrameenFdn