This report—based on a representative state-wide study of microfinance in Karnataka, India—demonstrates that it is possible and necessary for the microfinance sector to measure and understand itself through a strongly and consistently pro-poor lens and make decisions based on this.
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This groundbreaking report analyzes PPI data from 10 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the Philippines to illustrate how MFIs and other pro-poor organizations can use poverty measurement data to evaluate their social performance.
This case study shows how PT Ruma, the first technology-for-development initiative to use the PPI, applied its findings to guide twin goals to reach more poor women with its mobile phone business microfranchises and to affirm its social accountability to shareholders.
The case study explores how Grameen Koota, a leading socially-focused microfinance institution in India, is using the PPI to measure and track its clients’ movement out of poverty.
In 2009, the Grameen Foundation selected CARD Bank, a Philippine microfinance institution (MFI) with over 580,000 clients, to participate in its Microsavings Initiative. This case study describes how CARD Bank has used the PPI to identify opportunities for product cross-selling.
This case study describes the role of Grameen Foundation in developing training programs for Oikocredit partner MFIs in the Philippines and Peru.
This case study describes how NWTF, an early adopter of the PPI, piloted and implemented the new poverty assessment tool. It outlines the experiences of NWTF management and staff as they made key decisions related to testing and data analysis.
Prevailing wisdom holds that the ultra-poor are too poor to save money. This study examines the savings behavior of ultra-poor women served by the Livelihood Pathways for the Poorest project, which is jointly implemented by Grameen Foundation and the Livelihood School (part of BASIX group of companies), in Gaya District, Bihar, India.
In this study, Grameen Foundation reviews microfinance institutions' (MFIs) experiences with mobile financial services and assesses the challenges and opportunities faced during implementation.
The mobile phone is gaining widespread popularity as a means to bridge the “last mile” – to bring information and financial services to people without ready access to them. To get a better picture of how to best deliver mobile services, we conducted a case study with our partner, Cashpor Microcredit, based in Varanasi, India.