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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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10/27/2011 by

Luckshmi Sivalingam, Program Officer for Grameen Foundation's Solutions for the Poorest program, oversees the Livelihood Pathways for the Poorest (LPP) project, and has been working with the field team in Gaya since April 2010 to design the livelihood and financial products, services and methodology making up the integrated livelihoods model. We've posted an introduction to her blog post featured at CGAP below, with a link to the full post following it.

Sunita Devi, a participant in Grameen Foundation's Livelihood Pathways for the Poorest Pilot

Before Grameen Foundation’s Livelihood Pathways for the Poorest Pilot could begin its mission of serving the most impoverished and underprivileged families in Gaya, India, our team faced three critical questions: “Who are the ‘very poor’?  What does poverty look like in their context, and what are its propagators?  What do the very poor need to propel them on a pathway out of poverty?”

10/16/2011 by Alex Counts

Alex Counts is president, CEO and founder of Grameen Foundation, and author of several books, including Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance are Changing the World.

09/30/2011 by

Dr. Marcela Gutierrez recently returned from India, where she completed a Bankers without Borders® volunteer assignment for a 10-branch microfinance organization. Dr. Gutierrez used her skills and expertise to help the organization evaluate how their program helps the poor.

My interest in microfinance started when I first heard about Kiva on National Public Radio. Next, my daughter, a sociology student, took a class on microfinance, visited programs in the Dominican Republic and Belize, and taught me a lot about how microfinance institutions (MFIs) operate. I started researching opportunities to work as a consultant in program monitoring and evaluation, but I wasn’t getting much traction. But when I contacted Grameen Foundation, they told me about Bankers without Borders volunteer consulting opportunities and I signed up. I was later approached to help an MFI in West Bengal, India, develop a survey to understand the social impact of their loans to women borrowers.

09/08/2011 by Alex Counts

Alex Counts is president, CEO and founder of Grameen Foundation, and author of several books, including Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance are Changing the World.

09/07/2011 by

Any good bank strives to understand its clients’ preferences and needs. This is especially critical when you’re working with very poor people. In our three-year microsavings project at CARD Bank in the Philippines, Grameen Foundation Project Manager Julie Peachey has worked with the CARD savings team to implement a better, more accessible savings product for their clients. She discusses her experience in the September edition of Microlink’s Notes from the Field. We've included a short excerpt of her piece below, followed by a link to the whole article.

CARD Bank client with her ATM card.

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