In the Philippines, we are using mobile financial and information services to accelerate poverty alleviation, primarily in rural and agricultural areas, and championing rigorous social performance measurement throughout the value chains in which we work.
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In Indonesia, we are using mobile financial and information services to accelerate poverty alleviation, primarily in rural and agricultural areas, and championing rigorous social performance measurement throughout the value chains in which we work. It is also the product design and customer technical support hub for our TaroWorks suite of mobile applications.
In India, we are providing financial and technical support to some of the country’s leading and fastest-growing social enterprises and microfinance institutions. In 2011, we established Grameen Foundation India, a wholly owned subsidiary, to provide financial and information services for the poor.
In China, we are partnering with You Change Purong, a local Chinese social enterprise, to improve transparency and accountability in the Chinese social sector by rigorously measuring the social performance of development organizations.
Our Poverty Scorecard China program, based on the methodology of the Progress Out Of Poverty Index®, is designed to encourage and empower social service organizations to use data in strategic and operational decision-making.
In Asia, Grameen Foundation is developing and replicating new business models, with a specific focus on innovations in mobile financial and information services designed to serve the poor. Despite rapid economic progress over the past twenty years, Asia remains home to the majority of the world’s poor.
We are also championing a data-driven approach in the development sector to improve the design of programs and products for the poor. As part of that initiative, we are developing a Poverty Movement Report that examines changes in poverty across time.
June 08, 2013
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May 31, 2013
The following post was created from a new case study written by researchers at Grameen Foundation India and edited by Kimberly Davies. Cross-posted from NextBillion.net
Ibu Marni, who lives on the outskirts of Jakarta in Indonesia, struggled for years to make ends meet and provide for herself and her two children. She had tried to start a few small businesses of her own, but they had all failed. Ibu Marni clearly had an entrepreneurial drive, but poverty had put obstacles in her way that kept her from reaching her potential.
Recognizing that Ibu Marni was a poor but budding entrepreneur, Grameen Foundation’s partner Ruma, a local social enterprise, recruited her to start her own small business. All that was required was a simple mobile phone.