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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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05/27/2010 by

Pat Kelly is Senior Communications Officer at the Grameen Foundation Social Performance Management Center (SPMC) based in Washington, DC. She's has been traveling in Peru conducting interviews with PRISMA Microfinance, an MFI implementing our Progress Out of Poverty Index™ (PPI™).

Potato Farmers in Huancayo

In mid-afternoon I visited quite a different village bank meeting—this one held outdoors in the middle of a potato field. It was potato harvest time and the dozen clients who made up the village bank chose to gather in a corner of the field with their loan officer rather than leaving the field. Some clients had been in this group for seven years. One older mother was joined in the group by a daughter and a daughter-in-law, each with one a swaddled baby.

05/20/2010 by

Lydia Namubiru is the Marketing & Communications Analyst for Grameen Foundation's Community Knowledge Worker initiative in Uganda.

In early 2009, Grameen Foundation went to Uganda with the idea of creating a fluid and effective two way communication channel between rural farmers and the world of agricultural experts, development agencies, traders and commercial players. Through this loop, rural small holder farmers would be given livelihood saving agricultural information generated by the experts and the big players would keep informed on conditions on the farm from adoption of best practices to available produce for sale.

This poster educated people on the benefits of sending a text message like "My bananas are sick!"

04/28/2010 by

Alyssa Jones is a student at Point Loma Nazarene University. Along with her friends, Alyssa lived on $2/day for 3 days to raise awareness about poverty and raise money for Grameen Foundation.

Students live on $2/day to raise awareness for poverty

Alyssa and her friends camped out in cardboard boxes for 3 days

04/21/2010 by

Alex Counts is the President and CEO of Grameen Foundation.

Grameen Foundation’s recent trip to Kenya was a watershed event.  Our founding director Professor Muhammad Yunus joined us at our Board meeting, held for the very first time in Africa.  In addition, and members of our Board and our staff participated in the Africa-Middle East Regional Microcredit Summit, the largest microfinance convening in Africa’s history.  Several of us presented Grameen Foundation’s work to the assembled delegates at some of the event’s sessions.  Staff members Camilla Nestor, George Conard, and Julia Assaad (of our joint venture Grameen-Jameel Pan Arab Microfinance) presented to scores of delegates eager to learn from our experts.  Most of the presenters, however, were African microfinance leaders including several who are long-standing partners of ours. 

04/21/2010 by

Sandra Adams is Grameen Foundation’s Vice President of External Affairs.

During the first week of April several Grameen Foundation board members, other staff and I traveled to Kiambu, Kenya—about 45 minutes outside Nairobi—to see how local organizations are making a difference in the lives of poor families. Staff at the microfinance institution Kenya Entrepreneurship Empowerment Foundation (KEEF) and some of the MFIs ambitious borrowers welcomed us and shared their triumphs and challenges in the fight against poverty in their communities.

Upon arrival, we had the pleasure of meeting the “Bright Vision” borrower’s circle. What a perfect name for a group on their way up out of poverty! They told us that they began as a small, informal borrowers circle (called a “merry-go-round” in Kenya) that provided loans and a place to put savings.

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