Noting the challenges smallholder farmers face in getting financing for their businesses, the article spotlights ARET, a risk assessment tool developed by Grameen Foundation to help funders better assess farmers ability to repay loans.
Grameen Foundation’s FarmerLink program combines satellite data and farm data collected by mobile-equipped field agents to help coconut farmers increase productivity, deal with crop pests and diseases, and increase the sustainability of their farms.
Chandni Ohri, CEO of Grameen Foundation India, explains why she fights for poor women and her work to expand access to financial services in India.
Food insecurity remains a significant problem in India, especially among women and children. This paper by Freedom from Hunger (now a part of Grameen Foundation) measures food security and describe associated factors in rural Rajasthan, India. The findings suggest that actions for improving food security may include facilitating saving for food needs, improving decision-making power among women, and increasing ties to organizations that cater to child development needs.
This report describes and evaluates the outcomes of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies initiative. The initiative was aimed at Filipino women with the goal of improving their awareness of maternal health services, their knowledge of good practices for a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery, and their use of prenatal care and safe birth services.
November 23, 2015
This past summer, Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ and Grameen Foundation India held a forum to explore how mobile phones and 3G technology are helping to promote financial inclusion in India. Participants represented various stakeholders including microfinance institutions, commercial banks, donors, investors and technology service providers.
Between 2008 and 2013, Grameen Foundation helped CARD Bank to open 480,000 new savings accounts through its microsavings initiative. In this article, Julie Peachey, director of Grameen Foundation's social peformance management team, discusses the findings of a study designed to improve savings habits of these new clients through behavioral science. The study was conducted by ideas42.
January 23, 2015
India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in close collaboration with BBC Media Action and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is scaling three of BBC Media Action’s maternal and child health mobile services, built on Grameen Foundation’s MOTECH platform, nationally across 35 states in the country.
Anne Ndungu is a mother of three, chairlady of her church, treasurer of her village’s women’s group and – thanks to a loan from Grameen Foundation partner Musoni – a successful entrepreneur.
“With the Kenyan shillings 80,000 loan (about US$800) I got from Musoni,” she said, “I was able to buy a dairy cow, start poultry keeping and build a cow shed.”